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Description

The Central & Southern VA Region covers climbing in and around Charlottesville, Lynchburg, and Richmond.

Richmond climbing includes Belle Isle, Browns Island, the Buttermilks, the Cove, Forest Hill Park, Lewis Larus Park, Pony Pasture, and Manchester Wall. (These subareas should probably be grouped under a Richmond Area heading.) The Richmond climbing lies just opposite of downtown, on the south side of the James River and on Belle Isle. Whatever way you choose to experience climbing, Richmond has you covered. Bouldering, TR, sport, and you can even place gear. Most of the climbing is on natural rock formations aside from Manchester Wall, the bridge buttress and pillars that remain of the old Manchester bridge.

Charlottesville climbing is properly contained under its own heading.

If you are looking for some good bouldering, checkout The Forest. It is located on Blue Ridge Parkway and has Virginia's largest concentration of greenstone boulders with some classic hard climbs and plenty of lower grade routes. 

Lynchburg Area climbing could roughly include the following areas. Sharp Top is on the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Bedford; however, there is a separate Blue Ridge Parkway heading, which should probably also include Sharp Top. The Trestles are outside of Lynchburg, near Goode. This area may be currently closed. The Love Nest is in Nelson County, near Massies Mill.

Getting There

Each area can be accessed by way of Riverside Drive that runs East-West along the south side of the James River. Belle Isle can also be reached from the North side by parking in the Tredegar parking area.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Central & Southern VA Region

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0 4
 7
The Perfect Zero
Boulder
V3 6A
 15
Shark Arete
Boulder
V3-4 6A+
 7
Corona Crimps
Boulder
V4+ 6B+
 6
Jurassic Park ArĂȘte
Boulder
V7 7A+
 6
God's Own Greenstone
Boulder
V7-8 7B
 4
Green Goblin
Boulder
V8 7B PG13
 3
What Could Have Been
Boulder
V9 7C
 3
The Seance
Boulder
V9 7C
 5
Life After Greenstone
Boulder
V9 7C PG13
 3
Bring Your Own Oxygen
Boulder
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 5
Kermit's Revenge
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 25
Happy Cracks
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 6
Glacier Meditation
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 5
Stinky Pinky
Trad, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
 11
Tendinitis
Trad, Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Perfect Zero Forest Hill Park
 7
V0 4 Boulder
Shark Arete Buttermilks > Shark Boulder
 15
V3 6A Boulder
Corona Crimps Forest Hill Park
 7
V3-4 6A+ Boulder
Jurassic Park ArĂȘte Buttermilks > Egg Boulder
 6
V4+ 6B+ Boulder
God's Own Greenstone Charlottesville… > … > Forest > Greenstonia (Ridgeline)
 6
V7 7A+ Boulder
Green Goblin Charlottesville… > … > Forest > Greenstonia (Ridgeline)
 4
V7-8 7B Boulder
What Could Have Been Charlottesville… > Blue Ridge Parkway > 12.2 Boulder
 3
V8 7B PG13 Boulder
The Seance Charlottesville… > … > AVO > Seance Area
 3
V9 7C Boulder
Life After Greenstone Charlottesville… > … > Forest > Greenstonia (Ridgeline)
 5
V9 7C Boulder
Bring Your Own Oxygen Charlottesville… > Blue Ridge Parkway > 12.2 Boulder
 3
V9 7C PG13 Boulder
Kermit's Revenge Charlottesville… > … > Raven's Roost > Raven's Roost Cliff
 5
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Happy Cracks Charlottesville… > Wintergreen > Cracks
 25
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Glacier Meditation Sharp Top > Middle Rocks
 6
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Stinky Pinky Charlottesville… > Goshen Pass > Chambers Ridge
 5
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Tendinitis Manchester Wall > A) Main Wall
 11
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R Trad, Sport, TR
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