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Shared By: Dallas Branum on May 8, 2014
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Access Issue: Private property, so keep a low profile. Details


This is a great after work crag if you're based in C'ville, plus you can hit up a brewery on the way home! Chances are you will be the only one at this crag at any time aside from an occasional hiker.

This place is full of high quality, grippy granite, similar to Old Rag. West facing rock makes for great sunset climbing, though the exposure can make it windy at times. Mostly trad climbing, though there are some decent sport lines and a TR can even be set up on several walls.

Getting There

From HWY 664, turn onto Wintergreen Drive and start up the hill. In 2.3 miles, take a right on Blackrock Drive (after the gas station.) Take the next right onto Black Rock Circle. The small parking area is on the right less than a half mile from this intersection. There is an established hiking trail here with a sign that leads down to "The Plunge." Follow the yellow blazed Blackrock trail downhill to find the rock. It eventually intersects with the red blazed Brimstone trail, which will take you to the base of most of the crags if you follow it downhill.

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Aaron Parlier
Boone, NC
Aaron Parlier   Boone, NC  
Just to be precautionary, if this is private property it may not be for the best listing this location here if access issues could arise from more folks visiting the area. Is trespassing an issue? Signs? I would hate to see the place specifically shut down due to increased climber traffic. May 8, 2014
Dallas Branum
Denver, CO
Dallas Branum   Denver, CO
There are no signs stating that the area is off limits, and numerous folks who work with Wintergreen are fine with folks respectfully climbing here. May 8, 2014
Aaron Parlier
Boone, NC
Aaron Parlier   Boone, NC  
Good to hear, had to ask! The access sensitive note is always worrisome. May 8, 2014
Charlottesville, Virginia
AmyBedinghaus   Charlottesville, Virginia
Also, the climbing areas are on a public trail. Yes, the whole mountain is technically private land, but Wintergreen Resort encourages visitors to hike and explore. They also give out maps at the front desk, if anyone wants to just hike around. May 16, 2014
Aaron Parlier
Boone, NC
Aaron Parlier   Boone, NC  
Great! That's awesome. May 16, 2014
As a recent visitor, I'd say one of the most important access considerations is that the parking lot, trail, and crag are all nominally within either visual or audible range of several private homes, especially if the wind is coming up the valley.

Beautiful spot with great views. Jul 28, 2015
Dallas Branum
Denver, CO
Dallas Branum   Denver, CO
Hey Peter - Good point. Though I've been told they are all vacation homes, and in two plus years of climbing here I never saw anyone in the homes in question. Jul 29, 2015
Brian Sakofsky
Mauldin, SC
Brian Sakofsky   Mauldin, SC
I'm going to be in this area over Christmas, anyone available to show me around Wintergreen? Dec 16, 2015
I am wondering what routes at Wintergreen are suited to top roping. Looking for 5'4-5'7 type climbs. TIA. Jun 28, 2016
Ryan McDermott
Pittsburgh, PA
Ryan McDermott   Pittsburgh, PA
This place is a total gem. I grew up near here and climbed at all kinds of inferior places but never, for some reason, came here, and it is world-class granite cragging. Wow! Great approach, spectacular views, super crack climbing, and sport routes to boot! There are many things going on here besides what is shown on Mountain Project and even on Rockclimbing.com. And huge potential besides if you want to clean lichen off routes. Dec 28, 2016
Scott Hutchings
Midlothian, VA
Scott Hutchings   Midlothian, VA
Looking for some Beta. What's to be expected at the top of the routes here? Are these actually anchor bolted or will a trad top rope need to be made each time? I see TR listed for some routes but not much in terms of hardware.

Thoughts from those who have ventured before me?

-Hutch Feb 7, 2017
Jake Jones
Richmond, VA
Jake Jones   Richmond, VA  
There's a mixture of bolted anchors and non-permanent anchors. There's usually a couple of slings at the top of Happy Cracks. Quite a few of the bolted anchors share routes so keep that in mind. It's always a good idea to take some webbing and a couple rings or old biners with you in case you need to leave something. May 3, 2017
Aidan Stewart
Richmond, VA
Aidan Stewart   Richmond, VA
Anyone have more beta on the south slabs? I found some info on rockclimbing.com but it's fairly dated. Climbed Simplicity and Goat Trail yesterday, awesome climbs but we had trouble staying on route for the second pitches. May 8, 2017
Dallas Branum
Denver, CO
Dallas Branum   Denver, CO
Hey there Aidan,

I was actually the guy on the slab above you two who asked if you were looking for the trail. With the south slabs you generally want to trend to the climber's right until you hit the headwall above. There's a bolted sport climb on a lichen covered pillar about halfway up, with a firehose covered static line anchor right next to it. You two seemed to have taken a spur off to the left just before or after this, and ended up in the bush. May 12, 2017