Elevation: 3,969 ft
GPS: 36.628, -81.482 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Aaron Parlier on Aug 19, 2009
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Shawn Heath, Jake Jones

Description

The Picnic Bouldering area is as close to perfect as it gets in Virginia. It begins with a parking area that is a 40 second stroll to The Olympus boulder. Olympus is a massive overhanging boulder with sides trending to shorter, more intermediate level lines. Olympus is 18 feet at its tallest, spans 70-80 feet in length and has good landings all the way around. secluded in its own sanctuary of old growth rhododendron, you feel alone even though nearby there are trails and amenities.

with an even shorter "approach" is the Rock House boulder. This boulder offers quality, slightly to heavily overhung lines and a fun dihedral problem. Also on the Rock House Boulder is one of the most popular v-3s in GHSP called "Indian Outlaw".

Past Olympus is an indoor restroom. Beside the restroom is a drink machine. Near by is a playground. Near there is also an outdoor concert stage where bluegrass and Celtic music festivals are held. All around are open fields for football, soccer, and generally whatever one does in fields of grass (rolling in the grass, mowing grass, you name it). There are two historic cabins down the hill and a small stone 1800's era graveyard. This is all within comfortable walking distance, so its a great place for a group of climbers and non climbers alike.

You can also have fun climbing on the smaller Street Side Fins and Picnic Block that are all within a stones throw of Olympus. From the Picnic Area you can venture down to the Outlaw Area and the Hinterlands for another world of other incredible bouldering opportunities.

Be sure to scope out more information, videos, pictures, and problem description on GHSP Bouldering: graysonhighlandsbouldering.…

Getting There

Make the very first right hand turn past the pay booth at the sign for "Picnic Area".

Follow specific boulderfield access/directions in the GHSP Bouldering Guidebook, or GHSP's Rakkup Guidebook App

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Classic Climbing Routes at Picnic Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5
 27
Cherokee Dihedral
Boulder
V2- 5+
 30
Static Crack
Boulder
V3 6A
 38
Indian Outlaw
Boulder
V3 6A
 19
Russel's Teapot
Boulder
V4 6B
 15
Crazy Horse
Boulder
V5 6C
 6
Athos Arete
Boulder
V6 7A
 5
Cronus
Boulder
V7 7A+
 16
Flying Spaghetti Monster
Boulder
V7 7A+
 9
Dark Horse
Boulder
V7 7A+
 4
Ghost Dance
Boulder
V8 7B
 7
Frites & Cassoulet
Boulder
V8 7B
 3
Fulgora
Boulder
V8 7B
 3
Hades
Boulder
V9 7C
 3
Pastafarian
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Cherokee Dihedral Picnic Area Bou… > Rock House Boulder
 27
V1 5 Boulder
Static Crack Picnic Area Bou… > Olympus Boulder
 30
V2- 5+ Boulder
Indian Outlaw Picnic Area Bou… > Rock House Boulder
 38
V3 6A Boulder
Russel's Teapot Picnic Area Bou… > Olympus Boulder
 19
V3 6A Boulder
Crazy Horse Picnic Area Bou… > Rock House Boulder
 15
V4 6B Boulder
Athos Arete Picnic Area Bou… > Olympus Boulder
 6
V5 6C Boulder
Cronus Picnic Area Bou… > Olympus Boulder
 5
V6 7A Boulder
Flying Spaghetti Monster Picnic Area Bou… > Olympus Boulder
 16
V7 7A+ Boulder
Dark Horse Picnic Area Bou… > Rock House Boulder
 9
V7 7A+ Boulder
Ghost Dance Picnic Area Bou… > Rock House Boulder
 4
V7 7A+ Boulder
Frites & Cassoulet Picnic Area Bou… > Olympus Boulder
 7
V8 7B Boulder
Fulgora Picnic Area Bou… > Olympus Boulder
 3
V8 7B Boulder
Hades Picnic Area Bou… > Olympus Boulder
 3
V8 7B Boulder
Pastafarian Picnic Area Bou… > Olympus Boulder
 3
V9 7C Boulder
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