Vaso Island Rock Climbing
Vaso Island is an island on the Potomac River, within the C&O National Recreation area. The island itself is part of the recreation area, of which climbers know as Carderock (aka, grease of the east). There has been some inaccurate information posted on the Internet in recent years about the climbing on the islands of the Potomac River adjacent to Carderock. Herein, is accurate information. There are a number of islands that have cliffs, the largest island and largest quantity of climbing is at Vaso Island. The cliffs are south facing. These are nice, large cliffs that make for good cool weather climbing. It is often too hot in the summer to climb. This area is predominately top roping, along with a limited number of sport routes. Trad climbing is not recommended here as the rock does not hold gear well and can fail under full loads.
There are one of two ways to get to Vaso Island:
1) Take a boat.
2) Wade across the river. One can wade across, only knee deep, when the Little Falls pump station is at a depth of 3ft or less. I leave the specific wade across location to your adventures!
Climbing Season For the All Locations area.
Weather station 4.4 miles from here
3 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Vaso Island
Hunt-ing Season 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Maryland
: Vaso Island
: The Salad Bar
On the backside of the Salad Bar is a gully that divides the Salad Bar area from the Dark Side area. Descend this gully. You will have a overhanging wall to your right. There is one line of weakness here with bolts going up it.Yes, this route is named after "Hunt." Leopard skin chalk bag and tattered pants are required to ascend this route....[more] Browse More Classics in Maryland
By Gee Double
Oct 29, 2015
from my Vaso Island notes,' 74 - '82.
I Guess but I just don't Know, 5.12+ just left of Back Door Man 5.10 and Sick Bay 5.9+ on the north face, Reality Island and Arête 5.10 on NW end, and on the South face center; Subterranean Corner, 5.9 lb corner are important climbs on the island.