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Wintergreen Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,440'
Location: 37.90755, -78.93769 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Dallas Branum on May 8, 2014
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This is a great after work crag if you're based in C'ville, plus you can hit up a brewery on the way home! Chances are you will be the only one at this crag at any time aside from an occasional hiker.

This place is full of high quality, grippy granite, similar to Old Rag. West facing rock makes for great sunset climbing, though the exposure can make it windy at times. Mostly trad climbing, though there are some decent sport lines and a TR can even be set up on several walls.

Getting There 

From HWY 664, turn onto Wintergreen Drive and start up the hill. In 2.3 miles, take a right on Blackrock Drive (after the gas station.) Take the next right onto Black Rock Circle. The small parking area is on the right less than a half mile from this intersection. There is an established hiking trail here with a sign that leads down to "The Plunge." Follow the yellow blazed Blackrock trail downhill to find the rock. It eventually intersects with the red blazed Brimstone trail, which will take you to the base of most of the crags if you follow it downhill.

Climbing Season

For the Charlottesville vicinity area.

Weather station 8.7 miles from here

14 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Wintergreen

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Wintergreen:
The Crack   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Beginner Slab
Slabtastic   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Beginner Slab
Guide's Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 100'   East Walls
Happy Cracks   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   The Cracks
Unhappy Cracks   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   The Cracks
Green with Envy   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   The Cracks
Fear and Loathing   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Self Potential Wall
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Hell 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13  VA : Charlottesville vicinity : ... : East Walls
Work your way up several large boulders until you hit the off-width roof, then the fun begins! Stem and thrutch your way through the roof and over the lip to the base of the upper slab. Regain your senses, clip the single bolt, and continue up the rippled face to the anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in VA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Nice view as you hike down to the cliffs
Nice view as you hike down to the cliffs
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Profile of the Beginner Slab from the base of The ...

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By Aaron Parlier
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
May 8, 2014
Just to be precautionary, if this is private property it may not be for the best listing this location here if access issues could arise from more folks visiting the area. Is trespassing an issue? Signs? I would hate to see the place specifically shut down due to increased climber traffic.
By Dallas Branum
From: Leadville, Colorado
May 8, 2014
There are no signs stating that the area is off limits, and numerous folks who work with Wintergreen are fine with folks respectfully climbing here.
By Aaron Parlier
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
May 8, 2014
Good to hear, had to ask! The access sensitive note is always worrisome.
By AmyBedinghaus
From: Charlottesville, Virginia
May 16, 2014
Also, the climbing areas are on a public trail. Yes, the whole mountain is technically private land, but Wintergreen Resort encourages visitors to hike and explore. They also give out maps at the front desk, if anyone wants to just hike around.
By Aaron Parlier
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
May 16, 2014
Great! That's awesome.
By peterkd5bwt
Jul 28, 2015
As a recent visitor, I'd say one of the most important access considerations is that the parking lot, trail, and crag are all nominally within either visual or audible range of several private homes, especially if the wind is coming up the valley.

Beautiful spot with great views.
By Dallas Branum
From: Leadville, Colorado
Jul 29, 2015
Hey Peter - Good point. Though I've been told they are all vacation homes, and in two plus years of climbing here I never saw anyone in the homes in question.
By Brian Sakofsky
From: Mauldin, SC
Dec 16, 2015
I'm going to be in this area over Christmas, anyone available to show me around Wintergreen?
By LydiaRose
Jun 28, 2016
I am wondering what routes at Wintergreen are suited to top roping. Looking for 5'4-5'7 type climbs. TIA.

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