Carderock Climbing Guidebook

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by Derek Braun & Brian Florence
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Carderock has been Washington, DC’s favorite escape for rock climbers for almost a hundred years. Conveniently nestled at the edge of residential Washington, DC and overlooking the Potomac River, it’s a perfect stop for climbers looking for a quick fix before heading home for dinner. Because the crags are less than a hundred yards from the parking lot, and the Billy Goat C trail runs through the crag, access to the top and the bottom is quick and easy. It’s no surprise that Carderock is busy every night during the summer with campers, climbing classes, and regulars. Climbs at Carderock range from easy laybacks and fun chimneys for beginners and families to friction slabs that have challenged the best climbers in the world.

We have created the most comprehensive Carderock guidebook ever published in our greatly expanded second release, with 122 top-rope climbs, including original climbs printed nowhere else. We’ve added climbs at the lesser-known Outlook Rocks, Easter Egg Rocks, Jam Box, and the elusive Vaso Island. We’ve included photos taken from the top of most crags, marked to show you where to set your top-rope anchors. Our guidebook also touches upon Carderock's storied history and the famous climbers who started here. If you purchase our guidebook, you can look forward to updates each season as we continue to add photos and beta.

All digital purchases include 1 year of free updates. Updates will be available for an additional charge after that, depending on the extent of the updates. Rentals include updates during the term of the rental.

Go to web preview to see the sectors and routes included in this guidebook.

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