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BETA PHOTO: Another route near the quarry entrance.


Large granite cliffs with 6 or 7 bolted routes. Overall the rock quality is pretty good, but like many places on Belle Isle could use some serious cleaning. Some of the routes can be executed as highballs if you dont feel like setting up ropes. Some of the faces have climbing holds attatched to the wall, be careful on these as some of them are very loose and spin around. This area can get pretty busy in the summer so if you like to climb in peace, wait till it gets cold. As mentioned on the main page for the island, the snow storm in January caused a very large flake to break off, taking the chains with it, so be careful and check for loose rocks and holds. The top can be accessed via a bike trail, but setting up your ropes can be very sketchy. Sadly the area has been covered in trash and spray paint, so take a trash bag and if you see trash please pick up what you can. Currently there are no access issues.

Getting There 

Follow the main trail upriver and the quarry will be on your left, you can't miss it.

Climbing Season

For the Richmond/Central VA area.

Weather station 6.7 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

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White Wash 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c  VA : Richmond/Central VA : ... : Quarry
First, climb onto the low, outshooting base. From there, follow the white stained, set in area of the wall up making awkward but easy moves until you reach the large diagonal mantle. Getting from here to the top-out is the crux. My favorite way of doing this is going to the left a bit where a left-hand sloper and right-hand crimp can be used to make a large move to the top-out. I've also seen people mantle on the large hold and move to the right, and a dyno from the mantle seems possible.I've gi...[more]   Browse More Classics in VA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Just a small portion of the cliffs, taken during D...
Just a small portion of the cliffs, taken during D...
Rock Climbing Photo: A fun highball in the quarry.
BETA PHOTO: A fun highball in the quarry.
Rock Climbing Photo: Just a small portion of the cliffs, taken during D...
BETA PHOTO: Just a small portion of the cliffs, taken during D...

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By Aaron James Parlier
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
May 25, 2011
This looks like a fun place! Thanks for the access information and the trash ethics... Every little bit helps! Thats crazy that there are holds on the wall!
By Cunning Linguist
Jun 29, 2011
What weaksauce. A Peak Experiences employee told me he had manufactured a hard route up there, but that shit is just tragic. C'mon,'re better than that.
By Aaron James Parlier
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Jun 30, 2011
Yeah, I know the whole place is the result of quarry "manufacturing" but its pretty silly to bolt on holds to a rock face... did he chip out holds or bolt plastic ones?
By James McCue
Sep 15, 2011
they are plastic bolt ons. I would be extremely careful though because they really do spin and are just waiting to be ripped out.
By Aaron James Parlier
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Sep 15, 2011
Wow... yeah, thanks for the info James
By Swutchadian
From: Richmond, Va
Jun 2, 2012
Some info on the area:

The holds on the walls are (I believe) for Passages camp, meant to make the walls fun for the elementary to middle school campers. They don't really affect any of the good routes, so you can just ignore them.

While there are a couple of leads, most routes must be top-roped. Some anchors are very difficult to reach by foot, so nine times out of ten I would suggest rappelling down to them.

There are a lot of anchors on this wall, many of them are terrible routes and should be ignored. Just keep in mind that if you can't see a good line up the route, there probably isn't one. Typically, the further down the path you go, the better the climbing gets.

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