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Rock Climbing & Bouldering

Whether you are looking to send a V-12, redpoint a 5.10a, or just hang out with your climbing buddies, there is much to keep you busy climbing in the Roanoke Region.

Rock Climbing
Bouldering
Climbing Gyms

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BOULDERING

McAfee Knob
As one of the most heavily hiked sections of the Appalachian Trail, McAfee Knob (pronounced MAC-a-fee) is a very popular destination. The 3.5 mile hike is well worth your while. The panoramic view available at the knob is astounding. The fact that there are more than 75 climbable boulders at the summit is the icing on the cake. The long hike and vast expanse of boulders has kept the area fairly underdeveloped.

The rock in general, is gritty sandstone, in some areas it is smooth like HP40 while in other areas it is hard slick quartzite. There are slopers, pockets, edges, tiny crimps and glorious jugs. Most boulders on the top are vertical, rectangular and between 10 and 20 feet tall. There are a few roofs and many groveling topouts.

Bozoo
Bozoo is a quality stretch of sandstone rock on the border of Virginia and West Virginia. Head to Bluestone Lake State Park and you'll discover a developed cliff known as Bozoo. Bozoo is home to 50 routes of colorful, bullet-hard faces that average vertical to overhanging. The majority of the routes follow all-gear natural lines and there are a number of climbs that are classic climbs. Climbs range from 5.7 to 5.13c/d.


ROCK CLIMBING

Iron Gate
Features over 30 routes with many Gunks-like horizontal cracks & roof. Sport routes are the norm with many climbs requiring just a fistful of quickdraws and a 60m rope. 5.9-5.12b/c. View maps of climbing location and climbing routes. Buy Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland by Eric J. Hörst for all the necessary climbing beta.

Barney's Wall
Barney's Wall climbing site is accessed via the Cascade Falls trail. There is no signage. Hike the upper trail until you reach an overhanging rock on left (almost to main falls). Follow base of rock wall to climbing area. Blocky sandstone tends to provide excellent holds although overhangs provide plenty of challenges. Estimate climbs in the area to be from 5.8 - 5.12, getting difficult near the main wall that has the largest overhang.

Bozoo
Bozoo is a quality stretch of sandstone rock on the border of Virginia and West Virginia. Head to Bluestone Lake State Park and you'll discover a developed cliff known as Bozoo. Bozoo is home to 50 routes of colorful, bullet-hard faces that average vertical to overhanging. The majority of the routes follow all-gear natural lines and there are a number of climbs that are classic climbs. Climbs range from 5.7 to 5.13c/d.

Dragon's Tooth
This bouldering area is pretty far from the parking lot. After hiking several mile on the Dragon's Tooth trail, you will come to sevearl large fins that are pretty big. The super classic line is the obvious Finger Crack. There is much to be had in the V3 and under category.

Hanging Rock
Located just behind the Orange Market gas station at the intersection of Rt. 311 and Electric Rd. Access the rock by parking in the Hanging Rock Civil War Site parking lot, then follow trail under the highway.

 

Other Climbing Areas


CLIMBING GYMS

The River Rock
The area's premier climbing gym - the River Rock is an indoor rock climbing gym located on the first floor of the River House in the Wasena Village next to the Roanoke River, Greenway, and Wasena Park in Roanoke, VA. The River Rock features 8,500 square feet of roped climbing and bouldering, with over 90 lead and top-rope routes and 160 boulder problems. 

Charlotte Fox Climbing Wall at Hollins University
The Charlotte Fox Climbing Wall is a full-service climbing wall for the whole family. Charlotte Fox, Hollins class of 1979, was the first American woman to climb three of the world's 8,000-meter (26,000-foot) peaks. She survived the deadly blizzard on Mount Everest in May 1996 that writer Jon Krakauer chronicled in Into Thin Air. We welcome individuals of all abilities to come and climb with us. Whether this is your first time climbing or your 50th, a trained staff member will be on hand to walk you through it top to bottom and provide belaying. With four roped climbs and a variety of routes, almost everyone can find a challenge. 

Crimper's Climbing Gym
Crimper’s Climbing Gym is southwest Virginia's state-of-the-art indoor climbing facility, providing beginners a chance to try the sport, experienced climbers a place to train, and everyone a place to hang out and have fun. Located in Christiansburg.

Radford Climbing Wall
Open to the public and located on the campus of Radford University, the Radford Climbing Wall is about 25' to 30' tall and has several top-rope anchors on it. You can also boulder on the lower portion of the wall. They can supply harnesses and shoes if you need them and even have staff that will belay you so you don't need any experience to climb there.

Wytheville Climbing Gym
Come experience the 33-foot high Entre Prises custom constructed climbing wall. It features a crystal plywood system that has a high friction coating and offers a flat panel surface for kids and beginners. It also has a 3-D curved imprint system that was specifically designed for our wall with a 5-foot overhang. The imprint system is constructed of polymer cement and will not polish or lose its texture. The holds used vary in size and shape. Perfect for novice or old hand! Climbing holds and routes are changed periodically to keep the experience fun and exciting.

Rise Up Climbing
Located in Lynchburg, Rise Up Climbing contains 50+ routes on 40' walls with top ropes and lead available. The climbing wall features widely varying terrain from vertical to steeply overhung.
The bouldering is extensive with over 60 problems spread over a top out boulder and a very steep 14' wall. Over 7,000 square feet of climbing wall is available. A belay competency test is required for using the roped walls. An extensive instructional program is available as backtotopwell.


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