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mcbair25


Jun 15, 2011, 8:58 AM
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Visiting Washington DC soon, Advice?  (North_America: United_States: Maryland: Central__Md_)
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Anyone have any advice for local bouldering near DC? Looking to send V0- V6 Blush

Going at the end of June


cclarke


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I would drive to Coopers Rock in WV about 3.5 hrs or so. Very good bouldering there.

Some people like Northwest Branch bouldering which is close to DC. Carderock is an option. There are a bunch of small and weird places to boulder, most of which aren't worth the effort in my opinion but it depends on how bad you want it. Try Rock Creek Park below the Italian Embassy but don't exect too much.

Prepare for heat and humidity, although Coopers can offer quite good conditions at that time of year.

There are two gym accessible by public transportation - Sportrock and Earthtreks -- which have good indoor bouldering.


RClose78


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Agreed on Coopers being some of the better bouldering around. Old Rag also has some decent bouldering, and might be a bit shorter of a drive. Or head north to Governors Stable, which has a membership fee, but I've heard is close to the quality of Coopers.

As for closer bouldering, Northwest Branch is definitely the most developed area. A few really great problems there after sorting through several that aren't so good. I also like the bouldering at Rocks State Park and at Sugarloaf Mountain, plus some of the smaller areas out by Frederick.

If you decide to check out NWB, you can still access the old Dr. Topo guide by doing a search for Northwest Branch bouldering. I also posted a bunch of info about the area on my blog if it helps. Go to robinclose.blogspot.com and click on the tab at the top that says "Northwest Branch." When you scroll down to the pictures of the boulders, you can click on the names of most of them to pull up pages with more info on those areas. Still only have about 2/3 of the boulders detailed, but hoping to get the rest filled in this summer between trips.

Should be home (Maryland) for the middle 2 weeks of July if you'll still be around and need someone to get out with.


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