Matt Fanning - Natural Selections post hammer era
This is the place to come for an easy approach to some long, steep, and classic routes. There are also a hand full of easier routes here, and many newer routes not listed in the Williams Guide. Hopefully over time, folks will populate the this site with information on the newer routes.
The rock gets early morning sun and heads into the shade in the early afternoon. Some of the shorter routes stay shady all day in the summer when the leaves are on the trees.
Follow the Propp's Ridge Road approach for all of the South Side Meadow Crags. At the point where you turn left on to the railroad grade continue for .3 miles to a campsite area on the right. Park in the campsite, or if it is full, there are many places here to pull off and park, just be sure to keep your vehicle completely off the road. From the campsite, walk down the road about 150 yards and look for a trail on the left about 100 feet before passing the second power line pole. Follow this trail up the hill for a short distance to reach the very overhanging cliff. The first route that you will come to is Crossing the Line, 5.13b.
Weather station 4.8 miles from here
23 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Area 51
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Area 51:
Lunate 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Replicant 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, 2 pitches, 110'
Cage Match 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
The Project 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Featured Route For Area 51
Instant Gratification 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c West Virginia
: The New River Gorge
: ... : Area 51
Scramble up to reach the high first bolt. Climb to a ledge, scoot out right and climb up easy rock to gain the 2nd clip at the lip of an overhang. (You don't want to blow this clip). Climb up the short left facing corner of the overhang making another quick clip and follow jugs to a stance at the base of a crack in the face. Climb the crack making good use of far spaced locks to make a long reach to the ledge before the overhanging white wall above (crux). From the ledge, head up and left ...[more] Browse More Classics in West Virginia
BETA PHOTO: Trail left of Scaphoid, leads to new climbs not in...