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Submitted By: Aaron Parlier on Oct 25, 2010
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This boulder is relatively close to the trail and on the near side of the hill (as opposed to the Lonely Boulder that rests on the opposite side of the hill) and you can see the top of the column, slightly, from the trail when leaves are off in the winter.

This is an unusual looking boulder in that it is comprised of long columns (hence the name) of overhanging stone that formed pillars and geometric edges and rails. The stone on many instances may be loose or hollow; although out of the three problems climbed on it this far, only one large chunk was pulled off, and it was a top portion that was removed out of safety after it was climbed. Nonetheless, use caution when climbing.

Also, bring many pads and travel in numbers if this is to be your destination. The landing is littered with huge blocks and scattered chunks.

Getting There 

Walk like you are going to walk on to the MRNRA toward Mt Rogers. Notice when you get well within sight of the gate to enter the National Rec area that on your left, you will see sporadic outcroppings. This is the Lonely Area.
Walk off the trail and head toward the rocky outcroppings in the distance. Once you near the outcroppings focus on the left-most tall pillar looking adjustments. If you walk towards this, you will walk to the Column Boulder.

Climbing Season

For the Highlands area.

Weather station 6.1 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Tuscan V3-4 6A+  Virginia : Grayson Highlands State Par... : ... : Column Boulder
On the Column Boulder:This problem climbs up and out of the notch that is formed to the right side of the left main column/pillar, and the columns to the right if it. Look for the close-by spruce tree that your pads will touch. Sit start on low crimp/pinch edges and make a fun toss up to a bucket jug. Gain tricky feet and toss up to a cool angular pinch and hang on... gain feet to allow you to continue up past more pinches and flat geometric surfaces. Top out through the notch and be careful of ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Virginia

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