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Bear Haven  


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Elevation: 3,600'
Location: 38.9293, -79.6795 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Ladd Raine, Shawn Heath, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: Andy Nottingham on Apr 9, 2012
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Me climbing "High Wall Block."

Description 

Bear Heaven lies on a ridge high on Shavers Mountain near Bowden, WV. The site figures a lot of different boulders and climbing areas that are open to exploration. Some rocks are covered with lichens, so one should becareful not to disturb the local environment. There a few spots to set up top-rope but typically good anchors are scarce so bring some long slings or webbing. There are many boulder problems waiting to be named. Camping - 8 sites; Fee $5 per night.


Getting There 

From Elkins go east on State Highway 33 for approximately 11 miles, turn left on Forest Road 91 at the top of Shaver's mountain. Follow Forest Road 91 for approximately 3 miles. Bear Heaven Campground will be on the left.


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['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',4],['V4-5',1],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


Featured Route For Bear Haven
New High Score traverse.

New High Score V2-3 5+ PG13  WV : Bear Haven
This is a traverse. Start on the right side before the rock blocking the path. Traverse left using any of the very abundant hand holds and go as far as you can, or around the corner past the dead tree. Make your own routine. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WV

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Working the traverse on "Bolted Block." KILLER!
Working the traverse on "Bolted Block." KILLER!
Looking toward "Swiss Cheese" from "High Wall Block."
Looking toward "Swiss Cheese" from "High Wall Bloc...
The gap on the backside of High Wall Block.
The gap on the backside of High Wall Block.
Back of "Rocky Top" (Bathroom Boulders)
Back of "Rocky Top" (Bathroom Boulders)
Close view of at the bottom of the high wall and the 35 ft. route, The Arsonist has oddly shaped feet.
Close view of at the bottom of the high wall and t...
Reaching for a hold on "New High Score." (High Wall Block)
Reaching for a hold on "New High Score." (High Wal...
View of Shavers Mountain and Bickle Knob from the top of High Wall Block.
View of Shavers Mountain and Bickle Knob from the ...
Two large roofs near the top of the ridge.
Two large roofs near the top of the ridge.
View of Bolted Block from the top of the High Wall.  The block is anchored on top aimlessly, but offers a few top roping opportunities.  Just be wary some of the bolts may be sketchy.
View of Bolted Block from the top of the High Wall...
Downhill side of Bathroom Boulders.
Downhill side of Bathroom Boulders.
One of the first faces you'll see when heading to the rocks at the first trail split.
One of the first faces you'll see when heading to ...
Penni traversing "Swiss Cheese" on "High Wall Block."
Penni traversing "Swiss Cheese" on "High Wall Bloc...
Bottom of "High Wall Block." Fun to traverse. I call it "New High Score."
Bottom of "High Wall Block." Fun to traverse. I ca...
Repelling down "Bolted Block" after setting the anchor.
Repelling down "Bolted Block" after setting the an...
Problem on back side of "Rocky Top." (Bathroom Boulders)
Problem on back side of "Rocky Top." (Bathroom Bou...
"Bear Haven Hanger" on the back of "Rocky Top." (Bathroom Boulders)
"Bear Haven Hanger" on the back of "Rocky Top." (B...
The large face of "Bolted Block."
The large face of "Bolted Block."
Penni hitting the traverse around the corner from 'Swiss Cheese.'
Penni hitting the traverse around the corner from ...
The first two boulders that you encounter when taking the trail near the bathroom.
The first two boulders that you encounter when tak...
Backside of High Wall.
Backside of High Wall.
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By Clinton Higgins
From: Elkins, WV
Aug 27, 2012

Road will fork on 91. Bear left... Haha