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1. Reed's Creek 33 routes in Crag

Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: -79.290693, 38.785953

Access Issues:

Minimal parking, with a short road hike, and a good High Speed Trail system. Located on public lands, in the National Forest. Generations of locals have hunted game here, so apprise yourself of hunting seasons & regulations, and be respectful of other user groups. Please note that the plateau above the routes is PRIVATE LAND, and the land owner does not permit encroachment of any sort.


A typical Potomac Highlands approach, short & steep. Staying on the trail is imperative, as even a slight mis-step causes a good bit of negative impact. Always remember that a hillside trail is much stronger on the uphill edge, and much weaker on the downhill edge.


Leave No Trace, stay on trails, you-damage-trail-you-fix-it-NOW, no trundling onto road, no Quick-Links, no tick marks, clean up your chalk, clean up your tape, no chipping, no theft, no defacement, use camouflaged hardware, inspect & replace worn carabiners, respect red tags, walk on the left side of the road, respect hunters & hunting seasons, no top-roping through fixed gear, etc., etc.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 * Superman

Currently, this is the furthest established route "upstream", or on the left when viewed from Reed's Creek Road. Begin at some large, slanting boulders. West facing, morning shade, and evening sun. 4 bolts, to a set of welded cold shuts. Follow the easiest line up through big holds above 2nd bolt. 3rd bolt cannot be seen from the ground. Traverse right to the arete after the 4th bolt and enjoy.

FFA: Michal Stewart, 2010

5.6Sport 51ft, 4
2 ** A Grain of Sand

5 bolts, to a set of shuts. Scramble up a short dihedral off the ground, to a good stance at the first bolt. Continue past two more bolts, and through a small overhang, to a good rest on a narrow ledge. Continue up to another bolt at a small bulge, climbing straight up the face above, to a large roof with the last bolt at the lip. Pull the roof there, and finish at a pair of welded cold shuts. With varied & strenuous climbing, this is an excellent, and engaging, route.

FFA: Michael Fisher, 2010

5.10bSport 54ft, 5
3 *** Sea of Tranquility

At "The Boneyard", scramble up to a large ledge. A # 8 Hexcentric can provide additional safety to reach the first bolt. Continued moderate climbing leads to the first roof, and the third bolt. Sustained steep climbing passing two more bolts, ending at a set of chains. Just barely above the 5.9 grade, this steep & gymnastic route is an excellent warm-up. Due to the high angle, it is advisable to have a second remove the draws, and make their descent via rappel.

FFA: Michael Fisher, 2009

5.10-Sport 51ft, 5
4 * Catfish Stanglehold

This is known to be one of the first sport routes at Reed's Creek. Follow the shiny hangers up to a BIG roof with good holds. Pull the roof, and continue up to a set of bolts with chains & links. A very good line, with a bouldery crux. This route is believed to have been established by a Seneca guide by the name of Justin Day. If anyone has any other info, please post up in the comments.

FFA: Justin Day

5.11aSport 53ft, 5
5 ** UNKNOWN 5.7Sport 47ft, 4
6 ** Doctor Taco

The rightmost route at The Boneyard, 4 bolts, to a two bolt anchor. Very fun.

FFA: Michal Stewart, 2010

5.7Sport 45ft, 4
7 *** Angelfire

FFA: M. Fisher / M. Gray, 2010

5.10Sport 6
8 ** Grapevine Massacre

Beginning in the maw of a large cave, climb up to a chain draw at the second bolt. Continue on steep terrain past three more bolts, then onto a beautiful head wall. Continue past five more bolts, finishing at a set of chain draws. Very impressive, and quite burly.

FFA: Ryan Eubank, 2009

5.11cSport 69ft, 10
9 * Winter Harvest

Beginning in a large book, climb past 2 bolts, to a third at the base of the headwall. Continue up past five more bolts, with a good rest in between, finishing at a set of ring anchors. Very worthwhile.

FFA: Michael Gray, 2010

5.8Sport 62ft, 8

Another early route, that is both devious & sequential. Seven bolts, to a now two bolt anchor.

FFA: Justin Day et. al.

5.10cSport 62ft, 7
11 ** Bridge Burner

Climb steep rock past three bolts, to a good rest at the forth clip. Continue up the beautiful face on smaller holds, finishing at a set of chains. Very high quality.

FFA: Michael Gray, 2010

5.10aSport 55ft, 6
12 Dangerous Freedoms

Climb up a slab with a crack on the left. A #3 Camalot can protect the run-out to the first bolt. Climb up to a good rest at the third bolt, then continue up the steep face, easing off to finish at a set of chains. A very good route with a nice sequential crux.

FFA: Michael Gray, 2010

5.10-Sport 61ft, 6
13 Shaolin Mantis

FFA: Michael Fisher, 2010

5.11b to 5.11cSport 69ft
14 ** Block Magic

Steep & sustained, climbing out of a small maw and onto the face above, passing a small roof on your right, then up through a slightly larger roof to gain the upper arete. Seven bolts, to a set of chain draws. Fun, pumpy, and engaging.

FFA: Ryan Eubank, 2010

5.10aSport 59ft, 7
15 Black Label

Thin climbing past four bolts, easing slightly at the fifth, then up to a good rest on a ledge. A brief run-out above the ledge, then two more bolts, finishing at a set of chain draws hanging out of the left side of the very large triangle-shaped roof above.

FFA: Ryan Eubank, 2011

5.11+Sport 54ft, 7
16 Internal Dialogue

Good sustained climbing past four bolts, leading a good rest on a small ledge with a bolt. Climb past the bolt to another good rest. From the last rest, trend right, surmounting the lip, then the slightest traverse sneaks past the final roof, to a wonderfully exposed finish. Seven bolts, to a two bolt anchor with links. Cleaning the draws on top-rope is advisable.

FFA: Michael Gray, 2009

5.8Sport 52ft, 7
17 Disorientation 101

From the ground directly below the anchors of 'Internal Dialogue', climb straight up to the big roof, to clip a bolt. Pull the roof, to another clip, then climb past one more bolt, and finish at the anchors of Internal Dialogue.

FFA: Ryan Eubank, 2010

5.11bSport 52ft, 7
18 * Roll The Dice

Five bolts to a set of chain draws. Starting below the rock pile, climb straight up the steep rock past two bolts, to a ledge. A #10 Hexcentric (or #3 Camalot) protects the run-out to the third bolt. Continue past two more bolts, pulling a small overhang, to finish at a set of chain draws.

FFA: Ryan Eubank, 2010

5.7Sport 54ft, 5
19 L 5.9Sport 56ft, 6
20 Apophis

Climb past five bolts to a good no-hands rest. Continue past one more bolt, accessing the headwall on the right side of the roof. Pass two more bolts, finishing at a set of welded cold shuts. A wild ride, for sure. Cleaning the draws on top-rope is advisable.

FFA: M. Fisher / C. Clarke, 2010

5.10aSport 68ft, 8
21 ** Theives In The Temple

Climb up a mini-buttress to the first bolt, continuing up the face past four more bolts, and onto a sizable ledge. A brief run-out to the sixth bolt, then continue past one more bolt, finishing at set of ring anchors. A very fine & popular route.

FFA: Michael Gray, 2009

5.8Sport 70ft, 7
22 Super Natural

FFA: M. Gray

Trad 68ft
23 Second 5.6Sport 69ft, 9
24 ** Hunter's Moon

Stepping up onto a short pedestal, climb the obvious line past five bolts, to a lay-down rest under the roof. Pull the roof at the sixth clip, continuing up the headwall past one more bolt, finishing at a set of chains. An excellent route, with strenuous & sustained climbing on the lower two thirds.

FFA: Michael Fisher, 2010

5.10+Sport 63ft, 7
25 Golden Horseshoe

Scramble up the short face, to a sizable roof with good holds, to the first clip. Pull the roof here, and continue up the steep face above. Finish at a set of rings.

FFA: Ryan Eubank, 2009

5.10aSport 62ft, 7
26 *** Reaching Conclusions

Climb a short & steep face with good holds, to the first clip. Pull through the overhang on smaller holds, to a welcome stance at the second clip. Continue up the steep face, to finish at a two bolt anchor. An excellent route, this was the first addition after the "rediscovery". Very worthwhile.

FFA: Michael Gray, 2009

5.10Sport 62ft, 6
27 Still Laughing

FFA: M. Gray

Sport 59ft
28 Rain

Scramble up under big roof, clipping the first bolt near the lip. Pull straight through the roof, and continue to the top on more moderate terrain. Finish at a set of ring anchors.

FFA: Michal Stewart, 2011

5.9Sport 52ft, 5
29 Mama Said

Climb past the blocks in the large corner, finishing at a tree above the left face.

FFA: Pat Frank, 2011

5.5 RTrad 40ft
30 Stop The Press

Located in a lower part of the cliff band, within plain sight of Reed's Creek Road. Begin on a steep face, with a dihedral to your right. Climb past 2 bolts, to a good stance below a slight bulge/overhang. Pull past the bulge at the third bolt, onto a face with good holds. Continue past several more bolts, traversing slightly to the right, then onto the sharp arete above, finishing at a set of ring anchors.

FFA: R. Eubank / M. Fisher, 2011

5.9Sport 72ft, 9
31 PROJECT / Chi Like Fire

FA: M. Fisher, 2012

Sport Project 90ft

At the lower wall above the road, this is the route on the left. 5 bolts to a set of ring anchors. If anyone has info on this route, please log an ascent, and post up in the route comments section.

FFA: Michael Gray, 2011

5.8Sport 50ft, 5
33 Shaved

At the lower wall above the road, this is the route on the right. Five bolts to a two bolt anchor. NOTE: There is an old fixed stopper on the upper section, a small clue as to a possible long history of climbing on Reed's Creek Road.

FA: Michael Gray, 2011

5.9Sport 50ft, 5

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style
5.5 Mama Said Trad 40ft
5.6 Second Sport 69ft, 9
* Superman Sport 51ft, 4
5.7 ** Doctor Taco Sport 45ft, 4
* Roll The Dice Sport 54ft, 5
** UNKNOWN Sport 47ft, 4
5.8 Internal Dialogue Sport 52ft, 7
** Theives In The Temple Sport 70ft, 7
UNKNOWN #3 Sport 50ft, 5
* Winter Harvest Sport 62ft, 8
5.9 L Sport 56ft, 6
Rain Sport 52ft, 5
Shaved Sport 50ft, 5
Stop The Press Sport 72ft, 9
5.10- Dangerous Freedoms Sport 61ft, 6
*** Sea of Tranquility Sport 51ft, 5
5.10a Apophis Sport 68ft, 8
** Block Magic Sport 59ft, 7
** Bridge Burner Sport 55ft, 6
Golden Horseshoe Sport 62ft, 7
5.10b ** A Grain of Sand Sport 54ft, 5
5.10c UNKNOWN #2 Sport 62ft, 7
5.10 *** Angelfire Sport 6
*** Reaching Conclusions Sport 62ft, 6
5.10+ ** Hunter's Moon Sport 63ft, 7
5.11a * Catfish Stanglehold Sport 53ft, 5
5.11b Disorientation 101 Sport 52ft, 7
5.11b to 5.11c Shaolin Mantis Sport 69ft
5.11c ** Grapevine Massacre Sport 69ft, 10
5.11+ Black Label Sport 54ft, 7
? PROJECT Sport Project 90ft
Still Laughing Sport 59ft
Super Natural Trad 68ft