Virginia/North Carolina Eastern Shores climbing? What's furthest East


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Mikey Anderson · · Hershey, PA · Joined Jun 2015 · Points: 15

This is a stretch. I'm moving to Chincoteague Island for the summer, the Delmarva peninsula.  I'm wondering if anybody has any idea what the closest rocks would be. I'll put my ear to some boulders if you know of them but I prefer to get high on some rocks. I'm thinking I'm not going to find anything closer than 4-5 hours with that damn Chesapeake in the way. I see the closest place may be a gym in Virginia Beach. Whoo. Lame, but it's something. Next would be maybe, Buzzard Rocks/Elizabeth Furnace or the city climbing in Richmond. Old Rag/Shenandoah is 4h40m at best.

Any help/teasers would be appreciated. I don't know much about the areas. Seems like I'm within good reach of many states but not many crags. Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, Virginia.

Hamish Malin · · Fredericksburg, VA · Joined May 2017 · Points: 15

Check out Great Falls or Carderock, both outside of D.C... I've never been to the latter but got some fun climbing in at Great Falls back in the day, plus it's right on the Potomac and the scenery is great!

Heavy on the J · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2017 · Points: 0

The North Carolina crags may be further away than you're hoping for, but include some fantastic climbing. Moore's Wall looks to be just under 7 hours. There are other crags in the same area, but Moore's will be your best bet for summertime climbing. On the other hand, if you're willing to drive 7 hours to Moore's, might as well drive 7.5 to the New River Gorge.

Jake Jones · · Richmond, VA · Joined Jul 2011 · Points: 1,420
Mikey Anderson wrote:

This is a stretch. I'm moving to Chincoteague Island for the summer, the Delmarva peninsula.  I'm wondering if anybody has any idea what the closest rocks would be. I'll put my ear to some boulders if you know of them but I prefer to get high on some rocks. I'm thinking I'm not going to find anything closer than 4-5 hours with that damn Chesapeake in the way. I see the closest place may be a gym in Virginia Beach. Whoo. Lame, but it's something. Next would be maybe, Buzzard Rocks/Elizabeth Furnace or the city climbing in Richmond. Old Rag/Shenandoah is 4h40m at best.

Any help/teasers would be appreciated. I don't know much about the areas. Seems like I'm within good reach of many states but not many crags. Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, Virginia.

Jake Jones · · Richmond, VA · Joined Jul 2011 · Points: 1,420

The summers in VA aren't really that conducive to outdoor climbing unless you like bugs, sweating your sack off and suffering.  That being said, I work at the Richmond gym.  If you're still looking for partners, let me know.  I can definitely help you out there.  Outside of that, Moore's can be decent in the summer because it's north-facing, so can any north-facing wall of the NRG.  As far as Old Rag- forget about it in the summer.  Manchester Wall in RVA isn't bad- but it can be hit or miss depending on how hot it is.  Elizabeth Furnace can be ok, but you'll only visit there once most likely- not tons of climbing there and not fantastic.  Buzzard Rocks right around the corner is good if you get there super early and it's not going to be above 85- not a gamble worth driving for.

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