Matt Fanning - Natural Selections post hammer era
This is the place to come for an easy approach to some long, steep, and classic routes. There are also a hand full of easier routes here, and many newer routes not listed in the Williams Guide. Hopefully over time, folks will populate the this site with information on the newer routes.
The rock gets early morning sun and heads into the shade in the early afternoon. Some of the shorter routes stay shady all day in the summer when the leaves are on the trees.
Follow the Propp's Ridge Road approach for all of the South Side Meadow Crags. At the point where you turn left on to the railroad grade continue for .3 miles to a campsite area on the right. Park in the campsite, or if it is full, there are many places here to pull off and park, just be sure to keep your vehicle completely off the road. From the campsite, walk down the road about 150 yards and look for a trail on the left about 100 feet before passing the second power line pole. Follow this trail up the hill for a short distance to reach the very overhanging cliff. The first route that you will come to is Crossing the Line, 5.13b.
Weather station 4.8 miles from here
19 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Area 51
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Area 51:
Scaphoid 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Lunate 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Replicant 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, 2 pitches, 110'
Cage Match 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
The Project 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Featured Route For Area 51
Scaphoid 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a WV
: The New River Gorge
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Start on the left side of the arete and climb up to to reach the first bolt (crux). Head up and left to pull a small overhang on big jugs to gain a stance. From here, its nice face climbing to the top. Make a low angle traverse right to reach the anchors....[more] Browse More Classics in WV
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