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Location: 38.07637, -81.07911 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ladd on May 18, 2007
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Description 

Very rarely visited cliff. It used to be more visited when the road didn't go up to Junkyard, nowadays people bypass this cliff for Junkyard goodness.

This wall starts as a low dirty cliff that never sees ascents. Once you see the alcove with a roof you'll know you have arrived and then you'll start jumping on some of the worthwhile climbs at this area.

The Floating Block is a particularly cool feature along this wall.

Getting There 

The approach can be a bit confusing since the Bridge-AAC connector trail was completed and draws climbers away from the cliffline; if you just follow the main trail during the heavy foliage of summer you may very well completely miss the First Strike area.

Keep walking downstream from the Gemini Cracks area for a couple minutes. Eventually the cliff will recede back away from the trail on your right as you enter a large amphitheater. After crossing a small streambed, look for a faint path going right, up and toward the cliffline. This should take you right to the First Strike area.

Climbing Season

For the Bridge Area area.

Weather station 3.7 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in First Strike Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for First Strike Area:
The Hopfenperle Special   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 80'   
Midnight Moonlight   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   
Dark Hollow   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
First Strike   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For First Strike Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Having fun on Milk Run

Milk Run 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  West Virginia : The New River Gorge : ... : First Strike Area
Mount up and climb this big bertha! Watch out or its awkward little roof might have you romantically straddling some rock.Begin just right of arête and climb up and left to a cramped stance below the little roof with a large crack. Place some solid pro, re-orient yourself (maybe take a second to whisper a few sweet nothings to the rock) and then get it on! Once the deed is done and the roof is mounted, continue straight-up on easier ground. Top out, create an anchor and then watch the rest of y...[more]   Browse More Classics in West Virginia

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