Regional Crack Climbs

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  • Saturday, November 09, 2013 12:25 AM
    Reply # 1431191 on 1412386
    Yes, the rock is the same schist as on the VA side of the river. 

    I was suggesting to belay from the top of the cliff with a top rope, i.e. lowering or rappelling to the waterline & climbing back up to the anchor.  Trad gear was useful for building top rope belay anchors.  Sorry if my previous post implied otherwise.

    The appeal of the Rocky Islands cracks are their short commute & beautiful position on the Potomac
  • Monday, November 11, 2013 9:56 AM
    Reply # 1432309 on 1412386
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    Gotcha Doug. I misread. 

    Thanks for the contribution.  

    Always been meaning to get to the island.
  • Thursday, January 02, 2014 8:31 PM
    Reply # 1467010 on 1412386
    Went out to Pond Bank a few weekends ago when it was nearly 70 and checked out a few nice crack climbs.

    * Dirty Crack (5.9+): Nice sustained, slightly overhanging finger crack that protects well. 

    * Glen's Roof (5.10a): Climb a crack to a roof, rail out under and then pull up through the crack. Short and sweet (35').

    Thin Crack (5.7) is a crack in name only. It's extremely shallow for the 30 feet of actual crack and doesn't take gear all that well. Was told a bolt was chopped. If you like run out lines, this is the one for you.

    Anyone climbed other cracks at Pond Bank, Chickies, or Schaefers, staying on the nearby PA theme?

  • Thursday, January 02, 2014 8:37 PM
    Reply # 1467017 on 1412386
    Forgot to mention Super Crack aka Wise Crack (5.7 ow). Bring some big gear.
  • Thursday, January 02, 2014 9:56 PM
    Reply # 1467054 on 1412386
    For Pond Bank I mentioned 
    Nasty Crack (same as your Dirty Crack?). Is like 5.9, mostly fingers.
    Mr Gutwrench, fist to off-width
    Pigs in Space, I don't know, looked like hands
    There are a bunch more I haven't tried.

  • Saturday, January 04, 2014 5:01 PM
    Reply # 1467932 on 1412386
    Yup, it was Nasty Crack…burly and fun.

    Can't wait to get back for the other crackesque lines.
  • Sunday, January 05, 2014 2:18 PM
    Reply # 1468214 on 1412386
    What about Unrelenting Verticality @Seneca? Burly fists and good gear.
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