Murray Hill Mini Guide

There was a post about this place a while back, but it’s finally here!  If you’re in the Columbia area, this is the perfect after-work bouldering location.

Right now, there’s some tall grass under the powerlines, so if you’re not a fan of walking through a few hundred feet of grass, just wait till winter;  it’s just around the corner!

There are 8 boulders in total, some better than others, but for being a local area, it’s definitely worth checking out.

The oulders to the north of the river

The North Boulders

Now for the climbing:  The boulders are split by a river, leaving 6 on the south side and two on the North.  Parking for the North boulders is a bit more tricky and if you’re interested, it’s not too difficult to figure out on Google maps.

The South Boulders

The South Boulders

The South boulders are easier to get to and offer more climbing.  There are a couple projects:

One on the South Boulder

Attempting The Full Value Project

Full Value Project

And two on the Aquaman Boulder (there’s now a platform below the Platform Project)

Aquaman Projects

Platform and Aquaman Projects (with the platform visible)

If you’re not out for the projects, there are plenty of problems for almost anyone.   Here’s a video from Robin’s Bouldering Page for a few moderates:

And here’s the guide: Murray Hill Mini Guide

Enjoy it!

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Rocks State Park

Rocks state park is a popular area just north of Bel Air with tall trad and top-rope lines and as it turns out, some pretty decent bouldering!   There’s a video on Dead Point’s Stash of Jason Kehl revisiting the area after spending some years as a professional climber.  But if you’re not up to forking over the money for a look behind DPM’s paywall, here are a few youtube videos for the area:

If the videos peaked your interest, or you’ve been looking for a guide for a while now, here’s the link: Rocks State Park Guide (Printer Friendly Version)

Levitation Version 2!

Some serious work has gone into Levitation since the last guide went out: the three hardest problems are new, and a there’s a party-trick dyno that you’d expect  only at a comp.

Jamie Neilson working through some of the earlier moves on the Fat Man Project

Here are a few of the new problems:

Projects Sends on Levitation Proper

The Dyno

A New Jam Boulder Problem

If you end up climbing, or have climbed any problems at Levitation, drop your 2 cents on the grading page!  It should help get accurate grades established for the area.

Right now, there are 4 projects at Levitation:

  • Fat Man Project on the jam boulder
  • Ro-Fo project just right of the Fat Man
  • The newly listed Eviction Project on Upper Levitation
  • The easiest of all, The Pearls Before Swine project on Levitation Proper

If you tick any of them off, leave a comment with the grade and name; maybe even add a video link!

Click here for the download: Levitation Mini Guide Version 2

Harpers Ferry

One of the larger, if not the largest, climbing areas in Maryland is Harpers Ferry.  Known for it’s moderate, sometimes loose traditional routes, it has not developed a proper reputation.

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With two mountainsides nearly covered in boulders and riverside bouldering peppered across the banks, this is not a place to overlook if you’re trying to get some good bouldering in.  (And it’s got some good routes too, but that guide will come later)

A few local climbers have put up a range of boulder problems ranging from v-easy to near double digit problems.  A resonable number of those climbs are featured in the videos below:

For all of these bouldering problems, there’s a great, well-put-together guide from Conrad at the Harpers Ferry Blog!

Here’s the download: THE_HF_BOULDERING_GUIDE

Levitation Grades

Here’s a shot at getting some consesus grading for local areas.  Hopefully, it will be a little more reliable and accurate than the typical word-of-mouth grades!

Levitation Update

It looks like there’s been some progress at Levitation, so it’s probably time to update it!

If you’ve been to levitation lately, please leave a comment with any info you might have on the climbs there:

  • Grades and Names of any finished projects
  • Updated/corrected grades of any climbs there
  • Links to any Levitation videos
  • Your name if you want (first ascentionist names might go in the new guide)

Thanks!

New Guide in the Works

 

There should be a new guide out within the next two weeks or so!  Here are a few teaser pictures: