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The Narrows aka Lover's Leap 


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Submitted By: Luke Douglas on Jun 12, 2009
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BETA PHOTO: The Front Porch

Description 

Outside of a redneck throwing an old TV down the cliff you are likely to be at this beautiful cliff alone. This area gets all day sun unless of course it is raining which seems to be quite a lot. At about 3/4 of a mile in length and up to several hundred feet high this rock face is home to many adventurous routes. Routes run from 1 pitch 5.easy to 2 and 3 pitch 5.10+. Bolts are non existent and route finding skills will definitely be called on. The crux of these climbs for many climbers will be locating the routes from the trail. The thick foliage can be very disorienting. Walk-offs and not raps are the order of operation at this place.

If you want to clip bolts check out Locust Grove about 1 mile from The Narrows.

Please bring a garbage bag and help us keep this area clean. It is treated as a garbage dump by some of the locals.

You will be climbing above Will's Creek all day and it has great fishing, as well as, some sweet swimming holes!

Mark "Indy" Kochte has produced several quality Maryland area guide books as well as an on line guide. This on line guide will be immensely helpful for climbing at the Narrows. indy-adventures.net/climbing/guide.html

Parking note. I have had no problem using on street parking in the area. The end of Columbia street has plenty of parking and is only about a 100 meter walk to the trail head. Don't park on red lines and avoid the immediate church area on Sundays. Say hi to the locals and tell them what you are up to. They will be interested and being friendly can only help our access.


Getting There 

indy-adventures.net/climbing/guide.html
Indy says it better than I can.
Take a look at the crag overview I will attach to this page as it contains a few corrections.


19 Total Routes


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Featured Route For The Narrows aka Lover's Leap
Indy nears the top.

Tunnel of Love 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  MD : The Narrows aka Lover's Lea... : Funland
Climb the leftmost part of the wall 25' to the left of Kiddie Land, aiming for the 'tunnel' 35' high. Step left of or climb over the tunnel then continue straight up to the ledge. Finish on fun 15' vertical section of wall to the rap station at the top. Nice, easy moderate lead. Good gear on good rock. There is a bolted rap station near the top of this route, as well as a webbing anchor rap station 10' higher. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in MD

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The Narrows overview
BETA PHOTO: The Narrows overview
Cairn on trail marks the far left side of the Jim Pick Wall
BETA PHOTO: Cairn on trail marks the far left side of the Jim ...
TV size boulder
BETA PHOTO: TV size boulder
Slight upgrade where trail meets cliff
BETA PHOTO: Slight upgrade where trail meets cliff
TV size
BETA PHOTO: TV size
These things are huge and everywhere at this cliff!
BETA PHOTO: These things are huge and everywhere at this cliff...
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