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ERT (Echo Rock Traverse) T 
Life on Planet Groove T,TR 
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YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: ShawnK on May 26, 2013

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Katie climbing through the ledge system to the top...


A great spot to get a little crack climbing practice. Follow the crack in the center of the face for 20-25' (ranging from fist to hand width) before moving out to a couple nice moves on the face. Gain the ledge and follow a finger crack another 15 feet to the top.


First obvious cliff directly off the side of River Trail after it splits off from Ridge Trail when coming from Difficult Run lot. Furthest left on Cows Hoof crag


TR or gear. Trees at top for TR, bring plenty of webbing. Standard rack plus a #5 camalot, but as always, the rock at GF doesn't take gear especially well, so this is at your own risk.

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By GonnaBe
May 28, 2013

This is not an unknown climb. This is F.I.S.T. and goes at 5.9- when you finish on the finger crack at the top. This is not the Echo Rock area. This area is considered "Cow's Hoof." Check out "Climber's Guide to the Great Falls of the Potomac" Second Edition. It's pretty comprehensive.
By ShawnK
Jun 4, 2013

Thanks for the heads up, moving it over. I just moved here from CO, and I'm surprised how little GF beta there is on Mountain Project. The Cow's Hoof crag isn't even in here yet. Is there a reason people aren't sharing? Not that I mind, its more fun to figure it out for yourself anyway.
By GonnaBe
Jun 9, 2013

There are a couple very comprehensive guides put out by the PATC-MS which are the result of contributions and work by local climbers for local climbers. At least for me it feels a little ungrateful to rip those routes and post them up here. Some of these authors feel they've been taken advantage of by other "big name" guide book authors before.

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