All Locations > W Virginia > New River Gorge > New River Gorge… > Fern Buttress > 8) Ritz Cracker Area
Avg: 3.4 from 7 votes
|Type:||Trad, 100 ft|
|FA:||Phil Heller, Alex Karr, 1986|
|Page Views:||1,114 total · 8/month|
|Shared By:||Jeremy Steck on Jun 29, 2008|
|Admins:||Pnelson, Ladd Raine, Shawn Heath, Vicki Schwantes, Jake Jones|
Access Issue: NO DRONES ON NATIONAL PARKLANDS Details
All of the crags within the New River Gorge proper are on national parklands, and drone use is prohibited here. There has been some discussion about places to launch drones that are not on park property, and then flying them over the gorge. This is super poor form; don't do it.
If the quality of climbing that exists on the first 30 feet continued for the entire route, this would be classic! Unfortunately the upper portion is a bit crumbly and dirty. This route would benefit greatly from more traffic. Climb up the thin bouldery start making use of the small but positive holds to reach a large ledge (crux). Traverse left to gain access to a dihedral in white rock. Follow for 15 ft and pull a small overhang and continue up a finger crack in a dihedral to reach the large roof. Traverse out left to the lip of the roof and pull through a v-shaped slot. Follow the crack systems over a lichen covered face to the top. Beware of rope drag as you pull the large roof near the end. Extend slings on the lower portion of the route.
Head downstream toward the orchard wall proper, just past Ritz Cracker, as you round the first corner, locate the very thin crack on a smooth grey face.