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Administrators: Aaron Parlier, Shawn Heath, Jake Jones, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Aaron Parlier on Apr 13, 2010
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Description 

As compared to the Contact Station Boulders at the beginning of the trail, the "Alchemy Area" isn’t as classic. That being said, these shorter blocks are a very fun place to climb and visit after climbing all the more classic lines. Several of the shorter lines in Alchemy are worthwhile and challenging, and the forest setting beautiful and often secluded.

There are four overhanging boulders (three along the trail, "Fire" is toward the road a bit more from "Earth") that are from 10-13 feet in height, and full of crimps and small pebbles. Lots of thin flakes and all have solid landing areas. Quiet and private.

Getting There 

Take the Split Rock Bouldering Trail, and turn left onto the spur. Follow specific boulderfield access/directions in the GHSP Bouldering Guidebook, or GHSP's Rakkup Guidebook App

Climbing Season

For the Contact Station Area area.

Weather station 6.6 miles from here

24 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',4],['V2-3',4],['V4-5',10],['V6-7',4],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


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This is a sit start variation for "Quartz Caterpillar", which increases the difficulty. Start on the lowest set of crimps under the "caterpillar." Pop a right hand to the breadloaf rail, then move left hand into the start holds of Quartz Caterpillar....[more]   Browse More Classics in Virginia

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Rock Climbing Photo: Steve Lovelace on the FA of "Woodgrain" ...
Steve Lovelace on the FA of "Woodgrain" ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Steve Lovelace on the FA of "Woodgrain"
Steve Lovelace on the FA of "Woodgrain"
Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron Parlier on "Cut Throat" (v4)
Aaron Parlier on "Cut Throat" (v4)
Rock Climbing Photo: Steve Lovelace on the FA of "Woodgrain"
Steve Lovelace on the FA of "Woodgrain"
Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron Parlier on "Cut Throat" (v4)
Aaron Parlier on "Cut Throat" (v4)
Rock Climbing Photo: Steve Starting "Frosted Flakes"
Steve Starting "Frosted Flakes"
Rock Climbing Photo: Steve Starting "Frosted Flakes"
Steve Starting "Frosted Flakes"
Rock Climbing Photo: Steve starting "Frosted Flakes"
Steve starting "Frosted Flakes"
Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron Parlier on Frosted Flakes
Aaron Parlier on Frosted Flakes

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By claudmia
From: Raleigh, NC
Aug 9, 2010
Note that the trail up to fire road is to the LEFT of the "jutting out rock" (if standing on the road), just left of a small patch of ferns. There is a second trail that leads up to the right and following that one makes the fire road incredibly difficult to find.
By Aaron Parlier
Administrator
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Oct 4, 2010
The trails are small deer trails, neither are manmade or maintained, so they also may be overgrown at some point, but the left trail has historically been the most prominent. The left deer trail is diagonal and leads into the old (also not maintained) fire break. There is some downed brush along the fire road, so navigate that as well. The fire road takes you right to the 3rd boulder which will be on your right. Sorry for any confusion and ill update the directions promptly. Thanks for the input claudmia.
-Aaron
By Steve Lineberry
Administrator
From: Charlotte, NC
Oct 26, 2010
I will say that once you know where the boulders are, the trail on the right is quicker to get to Boulder #1, #2, and #4 than the trail on the left.
By Aaron Parlier
Administrator
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Oct 27, 2010
Yes, I agree it’s quicker to #1 that way for sure. I think that the fire road, once cleared out will be better though, since it’s wider and leads to boulder 3 easily, plus #2 is directly above 3. I’m thinking from the perspective of an overhead topo in the guide when it comes out however. I may be making it more complicated though...

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