Mar 5, 2013, 7:37 AM
Registered: Oct 25, 2010
Ah yes, I forgot about Safe Harbor, Pa. Come to think of it, there's a pretty good reason as to why... Birdsboro has some bolted climbing as well, but to date, I have not checked it out. There is roped climbing around Frederick and Baltimore, and even some bolts.
RClose is right, there is a fair amount of bouldering scattered around the DC/MD region, the closest being NW Branch. By others' accounts, it is indeed pretty good. In my own (very limited!) experience I found it to be pretty lousy. Anecdote time: I bouldered outside of Baltimore for a bit, and it was absolutely hideous -- full of ticks, abandoned homeless encampments, and piles of human crap (even on top of the boulders) galore. We even found a used enema (!!!) at the base of one boulder. Never again!
I will stress this once more: if you have gotten used roped climbing out west, the immediate DC/MD/PA scene is going to bum you out. The climbs are generally short, homely, and not worth more than one or two visits, as much as some long time local climbers will insist otherwise. You're better off flipping a few gas-bucks to a buddy and driving out to WV for the New for the weekend if you want to climb quality sport.
If you are locked into school out here (as I am), your best bet is to get a membership at Earth Treks if you are in DC or MD, or Sportrock if you are in Northern VA. You will find solid, dedicated partners to get out with on the weekends quickly and easily.
(This post was edited by brinosaur on Mar 5, 2013, 7:45 AM)