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Elevation: 2,370 ft 722 m
GPS: 37.35505, -80.59643
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Shared By: Aaron Parlier on Feb 2, 2012
Admins: Shawn Heath, Aaron Parlier

Description Suggest change

The Cascades Recreational Area has a number of quality bouldering opportunities that are easily accessible and within a close proximity (approximately 30min) from Virginia Tech's campus.

Climbing at the Cascades is mostly sandstone. Nice slopers, pinches, and a few small crimps can be found here. In the cooler months the friction is hard to match. There are slabs, vertical faces, pumpy roofs, steep inclines, and attractive stream-side boulders to choose from.

NOTE: If anyone has the drive to put together a simple topo for the cascades, this would be a huge help for the climbing community. I started to compile one but moved to Boone NC before its completion. Feel free to contact me (click -Aaron Parlier- at the top left corner of the page to message) with any questions concerning boulders/problems/locations. Best of luck!

Check out this cool sampler Travis Melin has put together showing a few fun problems you can find here at the 'scades: Sampler

Over 150,000 people visit the Cascades a year. Please be respectful of everyone's recreational experience. It only takes 1 complaint from one person to shut the climbing here down for good.

Cascades falls plunges 69ft into a picturesque pool where you can swim during the summertime. The creek offers quality fishing and the trail is a nice level hike that can be enjoyed by all ages (with a few trail-side boulders for an added bonus).

Climbing on or near the waterfall itself is prohibited (obviously since the rock under it is chossy and wet), and the sign is explicit in warning against it.

Barneys Wall offers some alright roped climbing and is in this area as well. Barney's has it's own page here on Mtn Project in case you've come to this one looking for it by mistake.

Enjoy!

P.S. There are many other fantastic boulders in the Cascades area. We hiked along much of the hillsides and saw many other quality boulders. The approach can be steep, but if you are looking to explore new blocks, there are plenty waiting out there for the motivated and adventurous.

Getting There Suggest change

Take exit 118 I-81 north on US-460, making
sure to use the bypasses around Christiansburg
and Blacksburg. After 26.6 miles turn right
on Cascade Dr (SR-T623) in Pembroke.
The entrance is in 3.3 miles.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Cascades Bouldering

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1-2 5
 5
Block Party
Boulder
V2 5+
 11
Top Ramen
Boulder
V3 6A
 11
Space Invaders
Boulder
V3 6A
 7
Secret Squirrel
Boulder
V3 6A
 6
Secret Agent
Boulder
V3 6A
 10
Journey To Glory
Boulder
V3 6A
 10
C Note
Boulder
V4 6B
 4
The Mask
Boulder
V5 6C
 10
Threat Level Midnight
Boulder
V5-6 6C+
 10
Title Fight
Boulder
V6 7A
 10
Inglorious
Boulder
V6-7 7A+
 5
Shrinking ArĂȘte (AKA Shadow Cast)
Boulder
V7 7A+
 6
Rapunzel Syndrome
Boulder
V7 7A+
 6
Inglorious Original
Boulder
V8 7B
 9
Inglorious Bastards
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Block Party Pyramid Area > Control Boulder
 5
V1-2 5 Boulder
Top Ramen Pyramid Area > Top Ramen Boulder
 11
V2 5+ Boulder
Space Invaders Cascadia Area > Cascadia
 11
V3 6A Boulder
Secret Squirrel Cascadia Area > Clandestine Block
 7
V3 6A Boulder
Secret Agent Cascadia Area > Clandestine Block
 6
V3 6A Boulder
Journey To Glory Title Fight Area > Title Fight Boulder
 10
V3 6A Boulder
C Note Cascadia Area > Cascadia
 10
V3 6A Boulder
The Mask Pyramid Area > Top Ramen Boulder
 4
V4 6B Boulder
Threat Level Midnight Cascadia Area > Cascadia
 10
V5 6C Boulder
Title Fight Title Fight Area > Title Fight Boulder
 10
V5-6 6C+ Boulder
Inglorious Cascadia Area > Cascadia
 10
V6 7A Boulder
Shrinking ArĂȘte (AKA Shadow… Shadow Cast Area > Shrinking Arete (AKA…
 5
V6-7 7A+ Boulder
Rapunzel Syndrome Cascadia Area > Cascadia
 6
V7 7A+ Boulder
Inglorious Original Cascadia Area > Cascadia
 6
V7 7A+ Boulder
Inglorious Bastards Cascadia Area > Cascadia
 9
V8 7B Boulder
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