Garter snake at the base of Rags to Riches
This great cliff has face, slab, crack, dihedral, and roof climbing. It faces west and overlooks the town of Harpers Ferry from high on the ridge. In the summer it tends to be shaded until late in the day and a draft flows up the side of the mountain under the tree canopy resulting in a cooler climbing experience. Portions of the cliff grow a fine powdery lichen that will wear off with more traffic. The base of the cliff has a relatively flat staging area. The rock is good, the routes are fun.
This cliff is best accessed from the top of Maryland Heights and the main overlook points. From the overlook you hike uphill and to the north (parallel the potomac, hiking in the upstream direction)
Weather station 0.8 miles from here
15 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
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Oh My Eyes! 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b MD
: Harper's Ferry
: Skink Rock
So-named for the amount of lichen that showered down on the climber when he was looking up, searching for another hold. Start at a broken finger crack 8' left of White Man Head Bob. Face-climb, layback or jam up this short crack to a ledge 8' up. At this point aim left for the left-leaning right-facing flake system in the middle of the face (V1). Follow that until it ends, then work your way up the face (crux) to some good horizontals then the top. (Indy)...[more] Browse More Classics in MD
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Aug 11, 2014
I found some Evolv Defys size 12.5 last weekend on the trail leading to Skink rock.
By Alex Bates
Oct 12, 2014
With your back to Harper's Ferry from the most popular overlook, Skink Rock is to your left. It is not that far from the overlook.