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The Hill 


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Elevation: 2,000'
Location: 37.4555, -79.6196 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Aaron James Parlier, Shawn Heath, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: TravisMelin on Dec 31, 2011
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Bouldergasm
This area appears to be on national forest and blue ridge parkway land.

Description 

This south-west hillside is covered in hundreds of 5-30ft tall gneiss boulders. The views are amazing, and the approach is easy. Mostly untouched until recently....

The Good:
This is a low grade south/west facing hillside with occasional wide gullies. It is covered in 100s of gneiss boulders. Most have great flat landings.
To hike from bottom to top of the hill takes about 5-10 minutes so the approach is short as long as you know where you are going. The problems done thus far (approx 100 V0 - V8) are very good, unique lines. The problems often feature very subtle crimps, slimpers, and slopers, with bad feet, which lends its self to more difficult problems overall.
Want a FA? Heaps of boulders exist for new routing for those who enjoy that.

The Bad:
Poison Ivy, and ticks can be found if you get off the established boulders and trails, though I haven't found any yet this year...and I've been out a lot. Thus I see this as being on par with most southern crags : ie not good in the summer d/t heat and thick foliage, but great for fall, winter, early spring.

History: as far as I can tell vast majority of this stuff has not ever been climbed. The stuff right off the trail most likely has been done to some extent. I have seen some evidence of climbers (One spot of chalk under an overhang, one reinforced landing, nothing more), and have spoken with few who have climbed there as far back as 15yrs ago.


Getting There 

The Hill is generally located (uphill) from mile marker 87-89 on the BR Parkway. Nearby peaks sharp-top and flat top also have some climbing. But it is off limits within 100ft of the trail. Specific directions are poster under each area, but some poking around may be necessary your first visit.
The hike in on the main trail takes about 20 min for Egg basket, 25 for Tipping, and 30 for upper limits.
The faint climbers trail to the stones takes about 5-10 min.

From Roanoke: 45 min
From Blacksburg 65 min
From Lynchburg 40 min


144 Total Routes


['4 Stars',19],['3 Stars',48],['2 Stars',65],['1 Star',12],['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',2],['V2-3',55],['V4-5',47],['V6-7',33],['V8-9',7],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Hill:
Bohemian Bearhug   V4 6B     Boulder, 16'   Stones : Values Boulder
500lb Chest   V4-5 6B+     Boulder, 12'   Stones : 500lb boulder
Pilo Erection   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Stones : Erector Boulder
Thoughtless Minds    V8 7B     Boulder, 14'   Stones : Values Boulder
American Taliban   V9 7C     Boulder, 15'   Stones : Values Boulder
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Featured Route For The Hill
desagilation

Desagilation V4-5 6B+  VA : The Hill : ... : 500lb boulder
SDS with the high underclings as for '500lb chest'. Move right into a sidepull rail and then to the apex....[more]   Browse More Classics in VA

Photos of The Hill Slideshow Add Photo
The easy trail up from the parking lot...
The easy trail up from the parking lot...
parking location for the fast access climber trail to the lower side of the stones.  <br /> <br />Trail starts about 15 feet from the road on the right side of the photo
BETA PHOTO: parking location for the fast access climber trail...
Aaron James Parlier working on the FA of "Seventh Son" (V8ish)
Aaron James Parlier working on the FA of "Seventh ...
Basic Map of the hill. Boulder legend is pretty inaccurate, but it gives you the gist.
BETA PHOTO: Basic Map of the hill. Boulder legend is pretty in...
Aaron James Parlier working on the FA of "Precipice" (V4).
Aaron James Parlier working on the FA of "Precipic...
Parking for climber access trail to the stones
BETA PHOTO: Parking for climber access trail to the stones
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By Andrew Cassidy
Jan 14, 2012

More info, looks awesome? north or south of Roanoke?

By TravisMelin
From: Roanoke, VA La Crosse, WI
Jan 14, 2012

Hey Andrew, its to the north. Sorry I got kinda busy and havent had time yet to put in all the info...I will this week.

By TravisMelin
From: Roanoke, VA La Crosse, WI
Jan 15, 2012

By bigdan
Mar 12, 2012

Any more info on this location yet? Thanks

By Aaron James Parlier
Administrator
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Mar 12, 2012

Coming soon Big Dan, coming soon.

By TravisMelin
From: Roanoke, VA La Crosse, WI
Oct 5, 2012

my first three visits so far this season and no bugs (ticks or mosquitos), and no ivy. Conditions should be prime up there if the temp would drop about 10 degreees.

By Aaron James Parlier
Administrator
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Oct 5, 2012

AHHHHHH! So psyched for this season!

By TravisMelin
From: Roanoke, VA La Crosse, WI
Nov 13, 2012

Some more vaguish directions....https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=201000115431571498961.0>>>

By AndrewN
From: lynchburg, va
Apr 8, 2013

we need to get a big crew with allot of pads! project back of the values boulder is so close to going, fallen off the v7 move at the very top a couple times, but the 28 foot fall puts a damper on things without having a nest to land in

By TravisMelin
From: Roanoke, VA La Crosse, WI
Nov 16, 2013

Wow there are still so many new routes to do up here. Anyone getting after it?