About | Routes | Logistics - Protection

About:
McBrides Rock was an observation point for General Washington in 1777 on the first range of the Watchung Mountains in Washington Valley Park. Routes:
There are several walls on McBrides Rock from 10 - 19 ft high that are good for rock climbing.


The best places for climbing are the SE face of the Middle wall and SE face of the East Wall.

On July 20, 2018 Tom and I established some climbing routes.

Routes:
- SE face of the Middle Wall
  Tick Bite   -  5.7-5.8 - 19 ft - 
  Babesiosis * - 5.5-5.6 - 14 ft
- SE face of the East Wall
  Black Leg - A bouldering problem, grade V0 - 12.5 ft. 
- SW face of the Middle Wall
  Nymph - similar to lyme -               12 ft 
- Middle West Wall
  esiosisLyme - A bouldering problem, grade V1
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              SE face of Middle Wall                     SE face of East Wall
                           Photos by Don McBride

* Babesiosis - I established this route 2 days after I was released from a 5 day stint in the hospital for babesiosis, a tick-borne blood infection with babesia parasies, which I got when clearing vines off of McBride's Rock. The little buggers had eaten more than half of my red blood cells requiring blood tranfusions and a cocktail of antibiotics.

Tom established Tick Bite at the same time.
He also free soloed Black Leg.

  Tom McBride, Mcbrides Rock
        Don McBride on Babesiosis                     Tom McBride on Tick Bite

  Carlos Silkcarp rock climbing
    Don on Babesiosis                  Carlos on Tick Bite

Carlos Silkcarp rock climbing   David McRitchie rock climbing
Photos by David McRitchie


Other potential climbs:
   
SE face of West Wall   SW face of West Wall   Boulder
The boulder is between the West Wall and Middle Wall.


Logistics: - Protection
The normal kind of climbing in this situation is top-roping, where the rope attached to the climbers is run thru carabiners at the top and back down to a person at the bottom, called a belayer, who will catch you by locking the rope with a belay device attached to his harness if the climber slips.

The carabiners at the top are usually fastened to 2 or more anchor points such as a large tree or rock.

At the top of the middle wall the nearest natural anchor point is a tree 35 ft from the edge.
Tom said I shouldnt trust those shrubs (see below)
Tom engineered a good protection system. We bolted a hanger to the bedrock at the top and used #8 stopper (nut) in a crack a few feet back.


The anchor is no longer there so you will have to use the tree 35' back.
The Somerset County Park Service has not authorized climbing there yet.



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last updated 10 Aug 2018