Whether you are looking to send a V-12, redpoint a 5.10a, or just hang out with your climbing buddies, you’re sure to find the perfect climbing or bouldering spot somewhere in the mountains surrounding Roanoke. And the perfect place to get comfortable on the rocks is at one of the climbing gyms scattered throughout the region.
The area’s premier climbing gym, The River Rock, is an indoor rock climbing gym located on the first floor of the River House next to the Roanoke River Greenway and Wasena Park. 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.
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.”
The gym is open to individuals of all abilities to climb. With four roped climbs and a variety of routes, almost everyone can find a challenge.
Crimper’s Climbing Gym is a 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.
Crimper’s has several types of climbing styles including a 70 foot wide and 16 foot high bouldering area equipped with 16 inch padded flooring, a 23 foot top-rope section with 7 top-rope stations, and a 30 foot lead climbing section called the Gravity Well.
All of the walls have a variety of angles with hundreds of holds to make for a diverse and challenging climbing experience.
Open to the public and located at Radford University, the Radford Climbing Wall is 21 feet tall and has several top-rope anchors on it. You can also boulder on the lower portion of the wall. The entirety of the structure may be climbed without the use of artificial holds with the hardest natural route being graded around 5.11b on the Yosemite Decimal System. The crack system spanning the center of the wall is a popular challenge. Equipment rentals are available.
Located in Lynchburg, Rise Up Climbing contains 50+ routes on 40 foot 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-foot wall. More than 7,000 square feet of climbing wall.
A belay competency test is required for using the roped walls. An extensive instructional program is available.
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