Cascades Bouldering Rock Climbing
The Cascades Recreational Area has a number of quality bouldering opportunities that are easily accessible and within a close proximity (approximately 30min) from Virginia Tech's campus.
The climbing at the Cascades is mostly sandstone. Nice slopers, pinches, and a few small crimps can be found here. In the cooler months the friction is hard to match. There are slabs, vertical faces, pumpy roofs, steep inclines, and attractive stream-side boulders to choose from.
NOTE: If anyone has the drive to put together a simple topo for the cascades, this would be a huge help for the climbing community. I started to compile one but moved to Boone NC before its completion. Feel free to contact me (click -Aaron Parlier- at the top left corner of the page to message) with any questions concerning boulders/problems/locations. Best of luck!
Check out this cool sampler Travis Melin has put together showing a few fun problems you can find here at the 'scades!
Over 150,000 people visit the Cascades a year. Please be respectful as it only takes 1 complaint from one person to shut the climbing here down for good.
Cascades falls plunges 69ft off of the cliffs into a picturesque pool where you can swim in the summertime. The creek offers quality fishing and the trail is a nice level hike that can be enjoyed by all ages (with a few trail-side boulders for an added bonus).
Climbing on or near the waterfall itself is prohibited (obviously since the rock under it is chossy and wet), and the sign is explicit in warning against it.
Barneys Wall offers some alright roped climbing and is in this area as well. Barney's has it's own page here on Mtn Project in case you've come to this one looking for it by mistake.
Take exit 118 I-81 north on US-460, making
sure to use the bypasses around Christiansburg
and Blacksburg. After 26.6 miles turn right
on Cascade Dr (SR-T623) in Pembroke.
The entrance is in 3.3 miles.
Weather station 3.9 miles from here
113 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',31],['2 Stars',56],['1 Star',19],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Cascades Bouldering
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cascades Bouldering:
Featured Route For Cascades Bouldering
Accelerated Freefall V9 7C Virginia
: Roanoke/New River/Blacksbur...
: ... : Cascadia
Squeeze yourself down as far under the left side of the roof as you can manage. Start with a right hand in a hollow-sounding flake-pocket, left hand on a smeary non-hold, and butt firmly on the ground. Open up your bag of tricks, and pull out some toe-hooks, bat-hangs and heel-toe cams on your way to the lip. Catch a quick breather, make a hard ninety-degree turn to starboard, and start heading all the way over to the other arete, smearing your heel on wherever you can make it stick. Grab th...[more] Browse More Classics in Virginia
Duking it out with Title Fight
"Inglorious", Cascades, VA
Aaron James Parlier on "Lights Out"
A nice photo of the falls from: 2.bp.blogspot.com
A beautiful shot of the stonework that was done to...
This was an old stone bridge until a massive flood...
Taken from the first bridge about a 1 minute hike ...
Leaving the Title Fight boulder.
Sometimes the falls freeze... Awesome photo! Fro...
Aaron James Parlier on "Golightly"
Cleaning the sloper on Inglorious
Kevin Kelly on "Light Show"
Aaron James Parlier on "Top Ramen"
Kevin Kelly on "Side Show"
Threat Level Midnight, Cascades, VA
"Space Invaders", Cascades, VA
BETA PHOTO: Walking up the trail, count the benches. Once you&...
Kevin Kelly on "Block Party"
Aaron James Parlier on the FA of "Don't Go Ch...
Parlier on "Inglorious Bastards" FA, 201...
By Jay Shultis
From: Oneonta, NY
May 17, 2015
The newest Cascades Testpiece, thx to Joe Gruss!