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Location: 38.0708, -81.0818 View Map  Incorrect?
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The NRG Bridge. Climbing surrounds this obvious la...

Description 

Most instant satisfaction crags in the New River Gorge. Also, this area was among the first developed by early New River Gorge climbers. Many Climbers planning a day out will start off meeting here, then make plans.

Some great rainy day routes can be found here as the all of the crags have a southern aspect.

Getting There 

Park at obvious pullout under the New River Gorge Bridge (heading north on rt 19 take three rights after crossing Bridge)

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.0 miles from here

68 Total Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',37],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',6],['5.8',7],['5.9',7],['5.10',16],['5.11',13],['5.12',12],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',3],['V4-5',1],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['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 Bridge Area:
Easily Flakey   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Bridge Buttress
Zag   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR   Bridge Buttress
Your Mother...   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Maranatha Area
Chockstone   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Bridge Buttress
Jaws   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Bridge Buttress
Layback   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   Bridge Buttress
Gemini Crack - Rt.   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Promised Area
Butterbeans   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Bridge Buttress
The Tree Route   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 85'   Bridge Buttress
Angel's Arete   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R     Trad, TR, 70'   Bridge Buttress
Promised   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Promised Area
Maranatha   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   Maranatha Area
Gemini Crack - Left   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Promised Area
Handsome and Well-Hung   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Bridge Buttress
Englishman's Crack   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   Bridge Buttress
High Times   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad   Bridge Buttress
Marionette   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Bridge Buttress
Dresden Corner   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R     Trad, 80'   Bridge Buttress
Agent Orange   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 70'   Maranatha Area
Team Machine   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Bridge Buttress
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Featured Route For Bridge Area
My son Jack looking up at the start of Are You Experienced? Fine pick son. Heady, hard trad climbing never goes out of style.

Are You Experienced? 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b  WV : The New River Gorge : ... : Bridge Buttress
Start in the corner under the blunt prow just left of Jaws. Work the corner/crack system to its end and ready yourself for a sobering one-two punch crux section broken up by clipping the route's lone bolt. Once you've worked through the razor thin patina crux section, the climbing eases off tremendously. Get your 5.9 dance on up the arete until you reach the anchors. Look to your right and see the NRG Bridge in all its glory and bask in one of Bercaw's heady masterpieces. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WV

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Bridge after the rain. Still from a video.
Bridge after the rain. Still from a video.

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