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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/
Drive into the park. pay $2 on the weekdays, $3 on weekends.
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Flying Spaghetti Monster V7 7A+ VA : Grayson Highlands State Par... : ... : Olympus Boulder
Stand start very high up (if you're shorter you will need to stack pads)on a large, diagonal rail for a right hand, and a lower small crimp for a left (since Aaron broke the good jug to start on). establish feet and fire out left to a good gaston. Get established on a line of crimps and do a big dynamic move to an awesome jug bar. Top out through some more jugs.I should add that a sit start is probably possible... It would add about 5-6 moves of painful painful V10 crimping. Go for it!...[more] Browse More Classics in VA