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Athens Rock Climbing 

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Home to some of the only bouldering in Ohio. Great day trip if it's close by with some definite classics.

Witches Front/Back and Trailer Park are the two more boulder dense areas with difficulty ranging from V0 to V7.

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Getting There 

Athens is accessible from Route 32, 33, 50 and 56.

Most of the climbing is off of Route 33/50 or E. State Street.

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Weather station 1.0 miles from here

47 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Athens

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Athens:
Key Hole Arete   V1 5     Boulder   Witches Front
Lip Traverse   V3 6A     Boulder   Witches Front
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Featured Route For Athens
Rock Climbing Photo: Sinking the keyhole pocket on Key Hole Arete.

Key Hole Arete V1 5  Ohio : Athens : Witches Front
SUS Climb the left side of the arete through a pocket to the top. Requires a lot of slow movement and balance.(Variation 2, V2: Climb the arete with out the pocket for the “Keyless Entry”.) (Variation 3, V4: climb the face through the pocket without the arete for “The Lock Smith”)...[more]   Browse More Classics in Ohio

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By Sburns02
From: Yellow Springs
May 15, 2015
Went out for the first time to Witches. Beautiful location and plenty of potential. I found the map to be a bit outdated. I would rate most problems a grade or two higher. The sandstone is fairly soft so I assume it has changed since first graded. Advice: Use the map to get bearings but look for new problems.
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Aug 2, 2016
Isn't there a climbing area north of East State Street just past the outskirts of town? I climbed there back in 1981 with the OU Alpine Club.

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