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',57],['1 Star',18],['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:
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Inglorious Bastards V8 7B VA
: Roanoke/New River/Blacksbur...
: ... : Cascadia
Probably the proudest line at the Cascades. Tough, easy to access, straight forward from the start to the finish, and visible by all who pass.When looking at the front, trail facing portion of the roof, this line sitstarts underneath the roof on the right sides, butt on the ground, hands on opposite facing flat sidepulls (compression). Lift up for a big, fun, gratifying latch to a massive jug to start the next sequence.Climb up onto the small holds on the side of the boulders face and commence t...[more] Browse More Classics in VA
Duking it out with Title Fight
Kevin Kelly on "Block Party"
"Inglorious Bastards" and some invasive ...
"Inglorious", Cascades, VA
A nice photo of the falls from: 2.bp.blogspot.com
A beautiful shot of the stonework that was done to...
Sometimes the falls freeze... Awesome photo! Fro...
Taken from the first bridge about a 1 minute hike ...
Cleaning the sloper on Inglorious
Leaving the Title Fight boulder.
Aaron James Parlier on "Golightly"
Aaron James Parlier on "Lights Out"
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&...
Aaron James Parlier on the FA of "Don't Go Ch...
This was an old stone bridge until a massive flood...
Parlier on "Inglorious Bastards" FA, 201...
By Jay Shultis
From: Oneonta, NY
May 17, 2015
The newest Cascades Testpiece, thx to Joe Gruss!