Elevation: 1,000 ft
GPS: 38.947, -78.302 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: franciscov Valenzuela on Nov 22, 2007 · Updates
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Shawn Heath

Description

Elizabeth Furnace is divided into two sections. Buzzard Rocks and the Talking Headwall. Buzzard rock offers slab climbing with great exposure to the valley below. The Talking Headwall is at the base of the valley and offers big overhangs on friendly jugs. You're not going to find a lifetime of climbing at either crag but you can find some quality moderate routes in a beautiful setting.

If you want to take a break from climbing take a dip in Passage Creek. There are some great swimming holes and the cool water temps are great in the summer. There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails in the George Washington Forest. For the fishermen out there Passage creek is a stocked creek, and offers some great fly or bait fishing.

Don't forget to stop at Waterlick Grocery and show your support to the locals. The owner supports climbing and sells light gear. Anything you need to know about the Elizabeth Furnace/Fort Valley area can be found here. I've also heard the burritos are fantastic!

Getting There

From the East-
Take I-66 West to Route 55 West towards Front Royal. Stay on 55 West until the town of Waterlick. Turn left onto Powells Fort Road (Route 678). Drive about 1.2 miles on 678 then turn left onto Mountain Road (Route 619).
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Guidebooks

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Classic Climbing Routes at Elizabeth Furnace

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 61
Failure to Communicate
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 83
Raising Arizona
Sport
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 50
Anonymous Flake Right
Trad, TR
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 68
Ass Cannibal
Trad
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 36
Half and Half
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 143
I Love Big Jugs
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 76
Melungian Brotherhood
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 73
Pulp Friction
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 49
The Bulge
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 83
Ne Plus Ultra
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 89
Fortis
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 84
Pure Energy
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 49
Galen's 10
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 76
Big Balls
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 125
Leading Should Feel This Way
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Failure to Communicate Buzzard Rocks
 61
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Raising Arizona Buzzard Rocks
 83
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Anonymous Flake Right Buzzard Rocks
 50
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad, TR
Ass Cannibal Buzzard Rocks
 68
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad
Half and Half Buzzard Rocks
 36
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Sport
I Love Big Jugs Talking Headwall
 143
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Melungian Brotherhood Buzzard Rocks
 76
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Pulp Friction Buzzard Rocks
 73
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
The Bulge Buzzard Rocks
 49
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Ne Plus Ultra Talking Headwall
 83
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Fortis Talking Headwall
 89
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Pure Energy Talking Headwall
 84
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Galen's 10 Talking Headwall
 49
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Big Balls Talking Headwall
 76
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Leading Should Feel This Way Talking Headwall
 125
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
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