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Browns Island Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Ed Wade on Feb 14, 2016
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These are the pillars on the north side of the James River opposite the Manchester Wall. The elevated train tracks split these pillars which are about 60ft tall. The north pillar climbs are easily accessed but the south pillar is partially in the river. Best to access those climbs during low water. You can climb in the shade or in the sun. You have to lead these climbs to gain the top anchors. It's been a good 15 yrs since I've climbed here so any input to the conditions of the bolts, anchors,etc would help. There is also climbs on the next smaller pillar out in the river. Since I put up most of these climbs I have no objection if someone updates the bolts and anchors.

Getting There 

Find your way into downtown Richmond and get to south7th St that runs in front of the Federal Reserve building. Browns Island will be directly south. Find a place to park, easy on weekends and evenings, not so much during the weekday, and cross the foot bridge over to the Island. You will see the pillars across the way and to your left. You will need to hop the low iron fence. A very casual 5 minute stroll unless you had to park far down Tredegar St.

Climbing Season

For the Central & Southern VA Region area.

Weather station 6.2 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: Browns Island pillars overview

Thriller on the Pillar 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  Virginia : Central & Southern VA Regio... : Browns Island
This climb is the arete to the left of No Strings Attached. There is a ledge about 15 ft up that traverses across the south face of the south pillar. You start this climb on the east face and move up and left to access the ledge. Take a breather before you move straight up the outside corner. This climb is a little spicy near the top. There are small metal pieces that stick out of the mortar and stone that you can hook with a wired stopper if you feel the need to hang on the rope between the bol...[more]   Browse More Classics in Virginia

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