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Elevation: 100'
Location: 39.3242, -77.7256 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Dominic Albanese on Jul 26, 2009
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Description 

The steep wall directly over the train tunnel. Usually home only to the ravens and aid climbers. There is only one free route known but to many of the area's aid climbers this is the biggest and baddest thing around.

Set up shop in the "Pit" get geared up and get ready for thin aid on hard black rock.

Can get rather windy and about 15 trains a day are going directly underneath you. You dont just hear them, you can actually feel them.


Getting There 

A slightly tricky approach. You used to be able to park in the single pullout right below the "pit" but that is now being patrolled. Parking options include the hiking trail-head on Sandy Hook Rd. Go under rail bridge and another half mile to parking. This lot fills up fast with hikers on the weekend. Sandy Hook is accessed off of 340 in MD by taking Keep Tryst Rd. to sandy hook rd.

Or you can pay to park in town and walk across the pedestrian bridge.

Either way you need a permit from the park rangers to climb. Their office is in town on the right as you drive in. They also usually require that you have a helmet.

From either parking find the south side of the concrete structure that makes up the tunnel underneath the wall. A 30 foot trail leads to a 30 foot tall ladder bolted to the side. Up this (exciting with a haul bag) and into the "pit" All climbs start from here. Use discretion while in the pit as access is uncertain.


7 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Train Tunnel Wall:
Center Stage and All Alone   A2 PG13     Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Full first pitch, anchors, and partial second pitch

Black Tie Affair 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b  MD : Harper's Ferry : ... : Train Tunnel Wall
P1: Starting out the left corner of the pit, head up a jagged, overhanging crack. (The route might be marked by an Indian Creek style stone at the base). The first pitch follows the previously mentioned crack (system) all the way to a ledge at ~100 feet. On the way to the anchors, you will climb an overhang to a tricky mantle, a short slab section, another overhang, another slab, and the final crux, an ever-so-slightly overhanging face split by a rapidly closing crack.P2: This pitch is best ...[more]   Browse More Classics in MD

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