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Carderock
Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Bad Rock T,TR 
Barnacle Face T,TR 
Beginner's Crack TR 
Beginner's Face TR 
Biceps TR 
Biceps - Var: Right Wall T,TR 
Biceps - Var: Thumbthing T,TR 
Biceps - Var: Thumbthing Else T,TR 
Billy Goat Boulder 
Buckets of blood (overhang) 
Buckets of Blood Arete TR 
Bulge, The TR 
Bulging Crack T,TR 
Bump, The TR 
Butterfly TR 
Chockstone Chimney T,TR 
Chris' Cruz T,TR 
Chris's Goat TR 
Copycat TR 
Crack, The T,TR 
Cripple's Crack TR 
Cripple's Face TR 
Crippling Paralysis TR 
Crucifixion T,TR 
Crystal Ship TR 
Death Nerve T,TR 
Desperation TR 
Diamond, The T,TR 
Dream Direct, The TR 
Dream, The TR 
Easy Layback TR 
Eight Ball TR 
Eliminates T,TR 
Elsie's TR 
Elsie's Arete TR 
Elsie's Other TR 
Evan's Bolt Ladder T 
Face To Right T,TR 
Fat Man's Fantasy T,TR 
Fifi T,TR 
Fingernail TR 
Flake, The TR 
Flutterby TR 
Friction Layback TR 
Golden Staircase TR 
Green Bucket TR 
Guillotine T,TR 
Hades Heights Girdle Traverse T 
Herbie's Horror TR 
Herbie's Left TR 
Impossible T,TR 
Incipient TR 
Iron Cross TR 
Jackknife T 
Jam Crack TR 
Jan's Face TR 
Jan's Face - Var: Eight Ball T,TR 
Jan's Face - Var: Left Edge T,TR 
Kindergarten TR 
Lazy Daisy T,TR 
Left Edge of Jane's Face TR 
Leonards Lunacy T,TR 
Mad Dog TR 
Make A Wish T,TR 
Margie's Chimney T,TR 
Marion's Chimney T,TR 
Meenehan's Edge T,TR 
Meenehan's Staircase T,TR 
Merv's Nerve TR 
Near Matt Splat T,TR 
Norris' Nipple T,TR 
Norris's Nipple T,TR 
Nose, The TR 
Nubbin (Nubble) Face TR 
Outlook Rock Boulder 
Overhanging Block T,TR 
Photogenic T,TR 
Pre-Kindergarten Boulder T 
Rack Direct, The T,TR 
Rack, The T,TR 
Ronnie's Leap TR 
Serenity Syndrome TR 
Shipley's TR 
Shonard's Lunacy TR 
Silver Spot TR 
Sloth, The TR 
Spider Walk TR 
Sterling's Crack TR 
Sterling's Double Cracks TR 
Swayback Layback TR 
Swollen Head T,TR 
Tea and Scrumpet 
Tomb of the Unknown Shoulder, The T,TR 
Top Roping at Carderock with Tots TR 
Triple A TR 
Trudie's Terror TR 
Twitch T,TR 
Upper Wall Crack T,TR 
Upper Wall Jam Crack T,TR 
Vulgarian Wedge T,TR 
Walk On By T,TR 
Wet Dream T,TR 
Wish Come True T,TR 
X, The T,TR 
Yellow Jacket TR 
Zig Zag TR 
Unsorted Routes:

Top Roping at Carderock with Tots 

YDS: 4th French: 1 Ewbanks: 2 UIAA: I ZA: 2 British: M 1b

   
Type:  TR, 25'
Consensus:  YDS: 4th French: 1 Ewbanks: 2 UIAA: I ZA: 2 British: M 1b [details]
FA: unknowns
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Submitted By: John Ely on Jun 18, 2013

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Any boulder will do for the littlest ones.

Description 

Carderock is great for little kids, as the descent makes a good challenge for any sized person, and the base is relatively benign, as long as there are firm rules about going near the river bank.

There are several excellent places to top rope at Carderock with 3-5 year olds who are just starting out. (Note that many of the easy regular routes have holds spaced too far apart for tots.)

Here are three slightly less than obvious ones:

1) Broken Crevice. The Broken Crevice between the Silver Spot face and the Biceps buttress. A good spot to begin as it starts with ledgey steps, and gets progressively steeper and the last bit can be deceptively challenging for a three year old.
2) Kindergarten Face Easy. Kindergarten Face just left of the nose. An easy traverse leads to a small left facing groove corner. Set the carabiners just right (looking down) of this groove, as the final moves above the groove break left slightly to the top of the face.
3) Meenehan's No Hands Slab. A largish very low angle slab just right of Meenehan's Staircase in the alcove up and right of Beginner's Crack alcove. This low angle face makes a good first challenge for the littlest ones; and if they make it, have them try the steeper face above, as the ledge in between provides a point to stop and regather totlet karma.

[If you're hoping to climb with grown-ups on the same rope, it is possible to combine Kindergarten with Spiderwalk; or the Laundry Chute and Yellow Jacket. Another helpful combo is Green Bucket - Golden Staircase, as the 30 foot section below Green Bucket is easy 4th.]

Location 

1) The Broken Crevice between the Silver Spot face and the Biceps buttress.
2) Kindergarten Face just left of the nose. An easy traverse leads to a small left facing groove corner.
3) A largish very low angle slab just right of Meenehan's Staircase in the alcove up and right of Beginner's Crack alcove.

Protection 

top rope


Photos of Top Roping at Carderock with Tots Slideshow Add Photo
Lowering from the Silver Spot crevice.
BETA PHOTO: Lowering from the Silver Spot crevice.
A five year old negotiating the silver spot crevic...
BETA PHOTO: A five year old negotiating the silver spot crevic...
The Meenehan's slab negotiated by a tot just about...
BETA PHOTO: The Meenehan's slab negotiated by a tot just about...
Menehan's No Hands Slab, working the harder upper ...
Menehan's No Hands Slab, working the harder upper ...
A long reach on the Meenehan slab.
A long reach on the Meenehan slab.
Near the top.
Near the top.
This is the beginning traverse of the easy 'groove...
This is the beginning traverse of the easy 'groove...
A five-year old on the harder second portion of Me...
A five-year old on the harder second portion of Me...
Kindergarten face on a quiet June afternoon.
Kindergarten face on a quiet June afternoon.
A four-year old on Lower Green Bucket.  The climbe...
BETA PHOTO: A four-year old on Lower Green Bucket. The climbe...

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