Manchester Wall Rock Climbing
Areas in Manchester Wall
Fifth Pillar 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
First Pillar 4 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Fourth Pillar 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Main Wall 14 / 19 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 21
Other Pillars 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Second Pillar 7 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Sixth Pillar 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Third Pillar 6 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
|GPS:||37.53, -77.446 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Shared By:||Jake Jones on Aug 11, 2007|
|Admins:||Aaron Parlier, Shawn Heath, Jake Jones|
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DescriptionLeftover structure from the old Manchester Bridge. The bridge is done and gone, but the abutments made of huge blocks of mostly solid granitic blocks. Better climbing than you'd think, good place to learn basic leading and toproping (use care when setting up topropes!), and if you're a soloist, a nice place to get mileage without having to find a partner as long as you don't mind getting your shoes muddy or downclimbing off the pillars. Often greasy and mosquito-iy in summer, frigid in winter, but climbable year-round.
The main wall is up to 60 feet in height, and each of the pillars are roughly 30-35ft in height. The best season here is undoubtedly fall. The rock is dry, there is less precipitation, and the river is often low, making the pillars in the river more accessible.
Getting ThereFrom downtown Richmond, head across the Belvidere Bridge towards Southside. Take the first left at the end of the bridge (heading towards the big Suntrust building) and either 1)hang a left immediately after passing the end of Suntrust, and park by the white metal fence and walk down to the top of the wall and scramble down to the base after setting topropes, or 2) drive further down, take the left as you would to find Legend Brewery, go all the way down the hill, hang a left, cross tracks, avoiding industrial traffic and trains, and park under the bridge. *cars get broken into here*-don't say I didn't warn you. There's an addional hazard in that if you come here and need to head out unexpectedly, there can be a wait for the trains to do their thing. I still parked here 95% of the time.
***THE PARKING UNDER THE BRIDGE IS NOW PERMANENTLY CLOSED DUE TO GENTRIFICATION EFFORTS***
There is designated parking in a small lot (~15 spaces) at the intersection of Semmes Ave. and W 7th St. Alternatively, you can park on Railroad Ave. There are NO PARKING signs here, so use it at your own risk. Never heard of anyone getting towed and this parking is used often- especially because of the typical parking being unavailable. Use good judgment. See picture below for a good visual reference.
Classic Climbing Routes at Manchester Wall
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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