Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland


Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland
Manufacturer by Eric Horst, from Falcon Publishing
Page By Bob Sihler
Page Type Mar 28, 2007 / Aug 28, 2007
Object ID 2938
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Product Description

Those who live in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. have to travel pretty far to do any real alpine climbing, but they have no shortage of great areas for rock climbing. Horst’s guide details hundreds of routes in the Maryland-Virginia-West Virginia area, including access directions and information, route diagrams and photos, and discussions of ethics and precautions.

There are particularly good sections on the Great Falls area of Virginia and Maryland, which is probably the best climbing area in the D.C. region; Seneca Rocks and Nelson Rocks in West Virginia, long considered the finest climbing areas in the Mid-Atlantic; and the New River Gorge of West Virginia, which is now emerging as the premier climbing area of the region.


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Bob Sihler - Aug 28, 2007 10:40 am - Voted 5/5

Good Resource
I sometimes find myself wanting more detail or better pictures, but for the area this guide covers, the author does a nice job. It certainly beats buying a separate guide for every area the book covers when one is interested in an overview and a nice variety rather than a focus on a specific place. Most climbers not devoted to a particular spot this book covers will find this book to be an excellent resource.

Also interesting, at least from a mountaineer’s perspective, is the insight the guide gives into the differing mentalities of rock climbers and mountaineers regarding their areas of passion. It is enlightening and even in a way helps explain some of the tension on SP between climbing “purists” and those who think the site is much better not being strictly about climbing beta. There is no essay or other section on these insights, but the alert reader will glean this information as he/she peruses the book.

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