Cascades Bouldering Rock Climbing
"Inglorious Bastards" and some invasive ...
The Cascades Recreational Area has a number of quality bouldering opportunities that are easily accessible and within a close proximity (approximately 30min) from Virginia Tech's campus.
The climbing at the Cascades is mostly sandstone. Nice slopers, pinches, and a few small crimps can be found here. In the cooler months the friction is hard to match. There are slabs, vertical faces, pumpy roofs, steep inclines, and attractive stream-side boulders to choose from.
NOTE: If anyone has the drive to put together a simple topo for the cascades, this would be a huge help for the climbing community. I started to compile one but moved to Boone NC before I could finish. Feel free to contact me (click -Aaron Parlier- at the top left corner of the page to message) with any questions concerning boulders/problems/locations. Best of luck!
Check out this cool sampler Travis Melin has put together showing a few fun problems you can find here at the 'scades!
Over 150,000 people visit the Cascades a year. Please be respectful as it only takes 1 complaint from one person to shut the climbing here down for good.
Cascades falls plunges 69ft off of the cliffs into a picturesque pool where you can swim in the summertime. The creek offers quality fishing and the trail is a nice level hike that can be enjoyed by all ages (with a few trail-side boulders for an added bonus).
Climbing on or near the waterfall itself is prohibited (obviously since the rock under it is chossy and wet), and the sign is explicit in warning against it.
Barneys Wall offers some alright roped climbing and is in this area as well. Barney's has it's own page here on Mtn Project in case you've come to this one looking for it by mistake.
Take exit 118 I-81 north on US-460, making
sure to use the bypasses around Christiansburg
and Blacksburg. After 26.6 miles turn right
on Cascade Dr (SR-T623) in Pembroke.
The entrance is in 3.3 miles.
Climbing Season For the Roanoke/New River/Blacksburg area.
Weather station 3.9 miles from here
110 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',31],['2 Stars',57],['1 Star',15],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Cascades Bouldering
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cascades Bouldering:
Featured Route For Cascades Bouldering
Inglorious Original V7 7A+ VA
: Roanoke/New River/Blacksbur...
: ... : Cascadia
Another inglorious line??? Seriously? Yeah, really! This problem is that good. If you have done inglorious, amp it up by adding some more full value moves, you will not regret it. It turns out that this was the original start put up by Austin Manning around 2004/5. He could not remember giving it a name.Start matched on the nice low block crimp that you heel for the start of Inglorious with a toe on the left hold of the start of Inglorious Bastards. Finish on Inglorious.Super classic (IMO)!...[more] Browse More Classics in VA
Sometimes the falls freeze... Awesome photo! Fro...
This was an old stone bridge until a massive flood...
"Space Invaders", Cascades, VA
Kevin Kelly on "Block Party"
Threat Level Midnight, Cascades, VA
A nice photo of the falls from: 2.bp.blogspot.com
Kevin Kelly on "Side Show"
Parlier on "Inglorious Bastards" FA, 201...
Aaron James Parlier on "Top Ramen"
Aaron James Parlier on the FA of "Don't Go Ch...
Kevin Kelly on "Light Show"
Taken from the first bridge about a 1 minute hike ...
Aaron James Parlier on "Golightly"
A beautiful shot of the stonework that was done to...
Aaron James Parlier on "Lights Out"
"Inglorious", Cascades, VA
By Jay Shultis
From: Blacksburg VA
May 17, 2015
The newest Cascades Testpiece, thx to Joe Gruss!