Blue Ridge Outdoors article - Hidden Valley, Va. Access
Jun 27, 2014
Hey guys -
Jess Daddio here with Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. As I was in the process of brainstorming yesterday about potential story ideas for future issues of the magazine, I remembered the Hidden Valley climbing area in southwest Virginia and the issues of access with Koma. As an Emory & Henry College graduate, Hidden Valley was one of our go-to climbing areas and it's a crime shame that that cliff has been closed off for so many years. I understand there is a lot of controversy and politics involved in the issue of climbing access here, but I'm dedicated to re-opening up the dialogue (or can of worms, if you will) to get the missing pieces of the puzzle together and hopefully make some headway on this climbing area. There is a huge push for an outdoor recreation initiative in southwest Virginia right now which means there may be some money available to help us get to the bottom of this.
What I'm looking for right now are a few things:
- accounts from climbers who climbed at Hidden Valley before it was closed off
- the history of Hidden Valley and the development of climbing there
- good maps
I understand that, in undertaking this topic, I will likely encounter a good deal of resistance from Komo and potentially other members of the climbing community, but I feel it is an important issue that I would be more than happy to help rally troops to get to the root of. My thought is to write an article on Hidden Valley in a completely impartial manner - I simply want our readers to know the facts, the history, the information and first-hand accounts that I know are floating around out there. Eventually I would like to talk to Komo himself, but I'd like to have my figurative guns loaded before I make that leap.
Please feel free to contact me via phone, email, or through this forum with any comments, questions, responses, or concerns. I will appreciate any and all feedback and would like to make this as comprehensive as possible.
Jess Daddio 1
Joined Jun 27, 2014