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Manchester Wall  

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Leftover structure from the old Manchester Bridge. The bridge is done and gone, but the abutments made of huge blocks of mostly solid granitic rock provide quality sport and trad leads, bouldering traverses, and a popular spot for crackheads and junkies to break glass in the moonlight. Better climbing than you'd think, good place to learn basic leading and toproping (use care when setting up topropes!), and if you're a soloist, a nice place to get mileage without having to find a partner as long as you don't mind getting your shoes muddy or downclimbing off the pillars. Often greasy and mosquito-iy in summer, frigid in winter, but climbable year-round.

Getting There 

From downtown Richmond, head across the Belvidere Bridge towards Southside. Take the first left at the end of the bridge (heading towards the big Suntrust building) and either 1)hang a left immediately after passing the end of Suntrust, and park by the white metal fence and walk down to the top of the wall and scramble down to the base after setting topropes, or 2) drive further down, take the left as you would to find Legend Brewery, go all the way down the hill, hang a left, cross tracks, avoiding industrial traffic and trains, and park under the bridge. *cars get broken into here*-don't say I didn't warn you. There's an addional hazard in that if you come here and need to head out unexpectedly, there can be a wait for the trains to do their thing. I still parked here 95% of the time.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.3 miles from here

54 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',10],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Manchester Wall:
Hooked on a Feeling   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   Main Wall
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Featured Route For Manchester Wall
Fun short route. 3 bolts to anchors.

Hooked on a Feeling 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  VA : Manchester Wall : Main Wall
Can be climbed sport, or have a top rope set. Seems to have more variety than some of the Pier I climbs of comparable difficulty (and is longer, of course). If you get stuck, chances are you're off the line so look laterally....[more]   Browse More Classics in VA

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By Ebb
From: Vancouver, WA
May 20, 2008
Just about everything you need to know about Manchester Wall:


Also: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchest...
By Aaron James Parlier
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Oct 19, 2010
Sounds great. Would anyone happen to have any pictures of the place to post??
By d0NNy
From: Richmond, VA
Mar 17, 2011
Hey All,
Does anyone know what components I would need in order to setup a top rope at Manchester?...cordalette, slings, or draws? Thanks in advance.
By Aaron James Parlier
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Mar 18, 2011
Hey everyone,
You may also be interested in checking this cool blog post by the Lineberrys about the Manchester Wall. Nice photo. I saw it and thought that it was pretty cool they drove up from NC to see what it was all about.
By Aaron James Parlier
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
May 17, 2011
thats great beta! thanks!
By Adam Marcus
From: Arlington, VA
May 12, 2014
Although Mindspring closed down years ago, Michael Greeby's awesome PDF guide is available at peakexperiences.com/wp-content...

The file seems to date from September 2005 and the URL suggests it was uploaded in July 2011, so be aware that things may have changed since then (bolts, added, bolts removed, etc.).
By Pierce-Kenji
Feb 12, 2015
Anyone have information on the columns out on the river itself? As in Pillar #4 and beyond.

By Stone Nude
Feb 12, 2015
^^^^^Routes are listed, on this site, already linked from this page, to pillar 6. So, yeah, everyone has that information available. Look up on the left side of the page you are on.
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