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 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 are easier to get to and offer more climbing. There are a couple projects:
One on the South Boulder
Full Value Project
And two on the Aquaman Boulder (there’s now a platform below the Platform Project)
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:
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:
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.
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!