Elevation: 1,791 ft
GPS: 38.138, -80.907 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Stephen Montgomery on May 22, 2016
Admins: Pnelson, Ladd, Shawn Heath, Vicki Schwantes, Jake Jones
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Access Issue: PARKING ALONG HIGHWAY 19 Details
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Description

You will venture to this place because you love bushwhacking, you don't particularly care for people, and or you just want a little adventure. Cambodia has a handful of vertical to slightly less than vertical routes. This would certainly not be an option in the rain, but worth checking out if its nice fall day on a busy weekend.

Getting There

From the parking on the southbound side of 19 it should take someone traveling at an average gait about an hour to arrive at the crag. Head up the railroad grade that accesses the rest of upper meadow. About ten minutes walk past the 3rd Buttress cutoff, you'll see the river canyon open up a little with some great views of the Meadow River. After walking under some power lines, keep an eye out for a minimal gravel bar/small island in the river. There is a faint but recognizable trail that cuts uphill toward the cliffline right about even with the upstream tip of this island.

There is a MUCH shorter approach that involves parking at Area 51 across the river, and then wading across. Even in low water, expect up to waist-deep wading.

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AndyJohnson
Alexandria, VA
AndyJohnson   Alexandria, VA
Cambodia can be easily approached from the campsite across from the Brilliant Pebble, South Side Crags. When the water is low, rock-hop across the river just upstream from the campsite (easy, dry crossing in mid-Sept 2017). Continue in to the woods where you will see a wide, but not very well-travelled trail (this is the continuation of the Upper Meadow trail past 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th buttresses).

Turn left (downstream) and follow it for about 10 minutes to a small tree with a pile of rocks at its base, which is roughly even with the end of a grass-covered island in the river (the river is clearly visible through the trees at this point).

Head uphill on a cleared path. A few hundred feet in, at the top of the first steeper section, turn left and traverse the hillside for a few hundred feet until you can bear right walk directly up to the rock near the route Flash-Bang. The path is not well-worn, but is cleared (as of fall 2017) of branches and blow-downs. It's about 3-4 minutes up from the main trail along the river. Oct 6, 2017