Atkins Bouldering Climbing
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Atkins Bouldering: Big Walker MountainThe Atkins Boulderfield (Nebo) is a high section of ridgeline along Big Walker Mountain located in Atkins Virginia, which is a small mountain community near the towns of Marion and Wytheville Virginia. Atkins possesses a respectable amount of potential and has been slowly developed since 2005 by a small group of climbers from local surrounding areas. The climbing here is on cliff bands and free standing boulders, all of which have bullet hard southern sandstone. There are 4 small areas on the mountain as of now, with more likely lurking just out of sight. The small areas found on the mountain are the Roadside Boulders, The Drop, Hidden Heights, and the Atkins Wall.
While Atkins Bouldering is not a destination-worthy boulderfield, if you happen to live in SWVA it is an excellent local area with a lot to offer.
Roadside BouldersThis cluster of boulders and blocks has the most established lines on the mountain. There are 6 boulders in this area with 30+ problems. This area is composed of quality stone and has many interesting features. The problems here range from (v-0) to (v-7) with a few harder projects that could go.
The DropThe Drop is interesting in that it is made from a rim of sandstone in a depression/saddle on the mountainside. This is a small cliff band with lots of fun features and problems, mostly from easy going to moderate grades. There are vertical highly featured walls and several horizontal roofs (one of which is fairly large). This area has only seen a small amount of development and with a little work, the number of problems here could easily double. There is still has a ton of exciting lines yet to go for those willing to put in the work.
Hidden Heightsis the least developed area, with some of the most exciting potential.
Atkins WallA short cliff band leading down to a short, tapered boulder face. Both need some development. The small amount of bouldering here has been done. A few very short routes could be climbed here, but don't bother unless you live extremely close (go to Hidden Valley or explore the Hidden Heights).
Drive all the way up the mountain which is full of tight curves and switchbacks. Pay attention once you drive through the hard turn (it completely doubles-back, look for lots of trash that people have dumped off of the right hand side of the curve), and you will be very close to the bouldering areas after this.
After the hard turn be on the lookout for two larger sandstone outcrops on the right side of the road. As soon as you pass these, look for a very easy-to-miss section of ditch you can pull off into. You should also be able to spot the first rectangular boulder (the warm-up boulder) in the distance through the woods to your right. Pull off the road here and walk up the trail on the right side of the road. There are two small worn out trails that are equally easy to miss.
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