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Olympus Boulder Rock Climbing 


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Submitted By: Aaron James Parlier on Aug 20, 2009
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Description 

This has been called one of the most impressive boulders in the Southeast. It’s not hard to agree once you've visited Olympus.

Olympus is massive. This boulder is one of the largest in Grayson Highlands State Park. It is also likely home to some of, if not the most difficult lines and projects found in the park. Along with all of these complements it too has the shortest and easiest approach, and nearest restrooms and a drink machine.... it's got it all (with a grade range from V1-V12 to keep you busy!).
This boulder stretches nearly 100 feet or more in length. It has two sides; the first you come to is short and has a shallow overhanging bottom leading up to a vertical top-side. As you walk along this side the height grows in height until you get to the arête where the overhang is above your head you top out at about 13 or 14 feet. Around the corner past the arête the face become massive and steep. It also continues to become taller, reaching 20 feet in some places.
Along the front main 45 degree face you will find that the center has a large crack which separates Olympus into two faces. For problem clarification I state "left or right" blade or boulder.


Getting There 

Park in the center parking lot. walk out to the left entrance of the lot, across the road, up the trail through the dense rhododendron. pass the picnic tables and walk around to Zeus. (40 second walk) If you walk for more than a minute, you have done something very wrong.

Climbing Season

For the Picnic Area area.

Weather station 5.6 miles from here

25 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',5],['V4-5',5],['V6-7',6],['V8-9',5],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',4],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Olympus Boulder

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Olympus Boulder:
Russel's Teapot   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   
Athos Arete   V5 6C     Boulder, 20'   
Flying Spaghetti Monster    V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   
Frites & Cassoulet    V8+ 7B+     Boulder, 9'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Fulgora V8.

Fulgora V8 7B  VA : Grayson Highlands State Par... : ... : Olympus Boulder
SDS on the very bottom of the crack on a nice big starting edge. Stay in the crack all the way out to the lip. First two moves are the crux....the bottom seeps a little bit for a day or so after a good rain.-The big start hold that made this line a v7 in 2010 totally broke off a few months afterward. This line was re-sent summer of 2012 and the first 2 crux moves make it v8ish-...[more]   Browse More Classics in VA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron Parlier past 45 on "Athena" (v7) o...
Aaron Parlier past 45 on "Athena" (v7) o...
Rock Climbing Photo: Kent on Frites (V9) on Olympus Boulder
Kent on Frites (V9) on Olympus Boulder
Rock Climbing Photo: Steve Lovelace feeling the reverberations from &qu...
Steve Lovelace feeling the reverberations from &qu...
Rock Climbing Photo: Kent on Frites (V9), Olympus
Kent on Frites (V9), Olympus
Rock Climbing Photo: The front face of Olympus Boulder
The front face of Olympus Boulder
Rock Climbing Photo: Olympus Boulder, Picnic Area.
Olympus Boulder, Picnic Area.
Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron Parlier testing tendons on "Zeus" ...
Aaron Parlier testing tendons on "Zeus" ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Kent starting on Frites (v9) on Olympus
Kent starting on Frites (v9) on Olympus
Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron James Parlier on the tiny holds below the pr...
Aaron James Parlier on the tiny holds below the pr...
Rock Climbing Photo: Kent on Frites (V9), Olympus
Kent on Frites (V9), Olympus
Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron James Parlier on the FA of "SHAZAM"...
Aaron James Parlier on the FA of "SHAZAM"...
Rock Climbing Photo: Parlier on a repeat of the classy "Pastafaria...
Parlier on a repeat of the classy "Pastafaria...

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By Jay Shultis
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From: Oneonta, NY
Sep 15, 2013
Aaron, could you take a minute, when you get one, and organize these problems L->R it would be mighty helpful.. lots of lines for people to sort through on this boulder.

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