Orange Wall Rock Climbing
View of the lower Meadow from the top of Orange Wa...
This remote area would be highly popular if it wasn't such a difficult vehicle approach. It's actually an easy walk once you get there. This area is home to some of the nicest mixed 5.11's and 5.12's in the NRG area. Lines such as Tatanka, 5.11c, Territorial Pissings, 5.12a, Rock Jihad, 5.12c, and Heart of Darkness, 5.12b are the lines to do here. This area also get's all day sun which make it an excellent cold weather destination.
The approach is the same for all of the South Side Meadow crags. From the point where Propp's Ridge Rd meets the railroad grade, set your vehicle odometer to zero. Continue downstream along the railroad grade passing Area 51, Mud Hueco, The Other Place, and The Brilliant Pebble. At 2.5 miles you'll pass under the route 19 bridge. At 3.3 miles, you'll cross a trestle over Hendrick's Creek. At 4.5 miles, you'll arrive at a small pullout for the Orange Wall. From here, follow a very faint trail to up the hill to the cliff. Note: As of 4/10 there was a rockslide around the 3.9 mile mark. You will need a high clearance vehicle to navigate over the stumps on the narrow bypass route. (A subaru outback won't cut it). It's not a problem though, you can pull off just before the rock slide and walk the rest of the way.
The road to the orange wall may not be driveable. The rednecks have cut enough for their four wheelers to get through, however suvs/trucks may not be able to get through. Chance it and you might get stuck. It's best to park and either ride bikes or walk about a mile to get to it.
Climbing Season For the South Side Crags area.
Weather station 4.7 miles from here
6 Total Climbing Routes
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Featured Route For Orange Wall
Heart of Darkness 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b WV
: The New River Gorge
: ... : Orange Wall
The meat of this route is at the bottom. You can start below the first bolt (a good hold broke here while we were on it, so it is probably a bit harder), or ~6 ft to the left. Clip the only two bolts on the route, and pump your way through some typical New River Gorge not-really-crack-climbing. After this, enjoy easier gear protected climbing to the anchors....[more] Browse More Classics in WV