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Location: 37.52882, -77.45455 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Shawn Heath, Jake Jones, Aaron James Parlier, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: *^$ on Jan 12, 2011
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Crossing the suspension bridge to Belle Isle.

Description 

15-20 routes in an old granite quarry. One or two bolted routes. There are some routes that could take gear, but it's not recommended. January saw a snowstorm in which the melting then freezing caused a huge flake to break off the crag. If thawing and freezing can cause this, so can expansion of camming devices. But it's up to you. Most routes between 30 and 40 ft. Some of the top anchors are sketchy to get to, a rappel is recommended to set them up.

Getting There 

From the interstate take the Fifth Street exit. Follow Fifth until it ends. This will put you on Tredegar Street. Take a right on Tredegar. Park in the lot that's under the railway bridge. Take a foot bridge to Belle Isle. Take the trail on the northern end of the island until you see the quarry on your left. Approach time 15 minutes.

Climbing Season

For the Richmond/Central VA area.

Weather station 6.7 miles from here

26 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',2],['V2-3',6],['V4-5',8],['V6-7',4],['V8-9',2],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',2],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Belle Isle1

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Belle Isle1:
Jurassic park arĂȘte    V4+ 6B+     Boulder, 15'   James River Park System
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Featured Route For Belle Isle1
Rock Climbing Photo: awesome egg

Jurassic park arĂȘte V4+ 6B+  VA : Richmond/Central VA : ... : James River Park System
Sit start on shelf and left hand on arete left foot on incut, move into a heel hook and bump hand further up arete with right thumb catch. next move right hand to sloper and left out to shelf, double mantle and top out left of previously established problems. awesome...[more]   Browse More Classics in VA

Photos of Belle Isle1 Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: More cowbell.
More cowbell.
Rock Climbing Photo: View of the James from the suspension bridge.
View of the James from the suspension bridge.
Rock Climbing Photo: Quarry
Quarry
Rock Climbing Photo: Rocks on the backside of the island. Possibly a fe...
Rocks on the backside of the island. Possibly a fe...
Rock Climbing Photo: More Quarry.  Originally posted by: *^$
BETA PHOTO: More Quarry. Originally posted by: *^$
Rock Climbing Photo: The river on the backside of the island is full of...
The river on the backside of the island is full of...
Rock Climbing Photo: More quarry.
More quarry.
Rock Climbing Photo: More rocks in the river.
More rocks in the river.
Rock Climbing Photo: Yep.  More quarry.
Yep. More quarry.
Rock Climbing Photo: Quarry
Quarry
Rock Climbing Photo: Crossing the suspension bridge to Belle Isle.  Ori...
BETA PHOTO: Crossing the suspension bridge to Belle Isle. Ori...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jake checking the place out; first time there.
Jake checking the place out; first time there.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rocks on the backside of the island. Possibly a fe...
BETA PHOTO: Rocks on the backside of the island. Possibly a fe...

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By Aaron James Parlier
Administrator
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Mar 28, 2011
Any route information? Photos? Grades? Sounds like an OK area but more info would be awesome.
By Grayson Bedolli
Apr 12, 2011
I'll start working with a few friends up here in Richmond to get some info about Belle and the JRP boulders. Nothing too exciting overall - Belle has a few between V0-V4 - but it's a lot better than nothing!
By Aaron James Parlier
Administrator
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Apr 12, 2011
Grayson:
That would be awesome and much appreciated. Take photos too! A picture is worth a thousand words, and it couldn't be more true on here. It doesn't matter if the bouldering is world class or not because if its all you have at the time, its gonna be great. Thanks!!
By RyanBram
May 25, 2011
I'm heading out there this afternoon to do a little bouldering. I'll try to get some pictures of the major areas like the Ampitheatre and Quarry Pond. Some of the better boulders are back on the bike trails in the James River Park System but I have only passed them on my runs so I'm not sure where the closest parking is (it would be a pretty long hike from the Tredegar St. parking).
By Aaron James Parlier
Administrator
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
May 25, 2011
Thats awesome Ryan I'm excited to see some photos!
By Aaron James Parlier
Administrator
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
May 25, 2011
Perfect! Thanks for all the pictures, posts, and work. Looks really cool!
By Matt Gerard
From: Midlothian, Va
Dec 13, 2013
Hey all here's a guide for the buttermilk trail boulders from our local climbing gym here in Richmond: Buttermilk Trail Boulders in James River Park

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