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Kent on Frites and Cassoulet (V9), Olympus Boulder

Description 

OPEN FOR THE SEASON


The Picnic Bouldering area is as close to perfect as it gets in Virginia. It begins with a parking area that is a 40 SECOND (timed), level stroll to The Olympus boulder. Olympus is a massive, ominous, aggressive, overhanging boulder whose sides trend to shorter, more intermediate level lines. Olympus is 20-25 feet at its tallest, and spans 70-80 feet in length and has good landings all the way around. secluded in its own sanctuary of old growth rhododendron, you feel alone even though nearby there are trails, and amenities.
with an equally short "approach" if you can really call it that, is the Rock House boulder. This boulder offers quality, slightly to heavily overhanging lines, and boasts a unique and satisfying dihedral problem that all will love to try out, no matter what grade you're climbing... also on the Rock House Boulder is one of the most quality v-3s in GHSP called "Indian Outlaw" (v3) and it is a must do for anyone..

Past Olympus is an indoor restroom. beside the restroom is a drink machine. near by is a playground. near there is also an outdoor concert stage where bluegrass and Celtic music festivals are frequently held. all around that are fields of grass for football, soccer, and Frisbee games and also just for rolling in the grass. there are two historic cabins down the hill, and a small stone 1800's era graveyard. This is all within COMFORTABLE walking distance, so its a great place for a group of climbers and non climbers alike.

Be sure to scope out more information, videos, pictures, and problem description on GHSP Bouldering: graysonhighlandsbouldering.com/


Getting There 

Drive into the park. pay $2 on the weekdays, $3 on weekends.
Drive past the pay booth and on into the park.
Drive past the lookout on your right.
Make the very first right hand turn. the sign will say "Picnic Area".
drive all the way down into the circle and pass the small overhanging boulders to your left. turn left as soon as you see the parking lots.
park.
get out and walk left across the road onto the path. 40 seconds and your at the Olympus Boulder.
or.
walk right to the Rock House boulder and the rock house trail.
Bathrooms and drinks are around the circle drive, or through the rhododendrons past Olympus. cabins and the stage are past the restrooms.


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['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',21],['2 Stars',29],['1 Star',22],['Bomb',0]
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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Picnic Area:
Cherokee Dihedral   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   Rock House Boulder
Indian Outlaw   V3 6A     Boulder, 13'   Rock House Boulder
Athos Arete   V5 6C     Boulder, 20'   Olympus Boulder
Flying Spaghetti Monster    V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   Olympus Boulder
Dark Horse   V7 7A+     Boulder, 14'   Rock House Boulder
Frites & Cassoulet    V9 7C     Boulder, 9'   Olympus Boulder
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Arete project, Zeus Boulder, Grayson Highlands VA
Arete project, Zeus Boulder, Grayson Highlands VA
Aaron James Parlier on the FA of "Fortune 500"
Aaron James Parlier on the FA of "Fortune 500"
Looking right from the arete proj. Zeus, Grayson Highlands VA
Looking right from the arete proj. Zeus, Grayson H...
Matt on the FA of "Hold The Relish"
Matt on the FA of "Hold The Relish"
Aaron Parlier on the arete project, Zeus Boulder, Grayson Highlands VA
Aaron Parlier on the arete project, Zeus Boulder, ...
Brianna Knaggs starting Indian Outlaw. CJ Yunger photo.
Brianna Knaggs starting Indian Outlaw. CJ Yunger p...
Kasi Quinn on "Cherokee Dihedral" (V-1) at the Olympus (Picnic) Area, Rock House Boulder, GHSP
Kasi Quinn on "Cherokee Dihedral" (V-1) at the Oly...
Aaron James Parlier on the FA of "SHAZAM"
Aaron James Parlier on the FA of "SHAZAM"
Steve Lovelace on "Indian Outlae"(V-4) on the Rock House Boulder, Olympus (Picnic) Area, ghsp
Steve Lovelace on "Indian Outlae"(V-4) on the Rock...
Aaron James Parlier on the FA of "Corndog Corner"
Aaron James Parlier on the FA of "Corndog Corner"
Steve Lovelace on "Aftershock" (V-6), Olympus Boulder, GHSP
Steve Lovelace on "Aftershock" (V-6), Olympus Boul...
from the right side of the Zeus boulder, Grayson Highlands VA
from the right side of the Zeus boulder, Grayson H...
Steve Lovelace starting "Athena" (V7)-(before the start broke and made it an 8)
Steve Lovelace starting "Athena" (V7)-(before the ...
Ronnie on Crazy Horse, Picnic Boulder. CJ Yunger photo.
Ronnie on Crazy Horse, Picnic Boulder. CJ Yunger p...
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By Keegan Dimmick
From: Winchester, VA
Aug 20, 2009

this looks pretty incredible.