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John Henry Wall Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Aaron Parlier on Apr 16, 2011


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John Henry is an American folk hero, notable for having raced against a steam powered hammer to drive railroad spikes and won, only to die in victory with his hammer in his hand... I figured a railroad name would be appropriate for the wall...

The John Henry Wall is the first decent climbable face on the trail, and it comes right after trestle #44. This will be on the right hand side of the trail.

The wall is relatively tall, and the landing can be heady (but not too bad) so I would recommend a pad for this one.

This thing is in no way clean and BADLY needs scrubbing. Its filthy, but the features are massive and fun. With some work this could be a great face.

Getting There 

Just after trestle #44. This will be on the right hand side of the trail.

Climbing Season

For the Southwest Virginia Region area.

Weather station 6.2 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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Steel Drivin' Man V3-4 6A+  Virginia : Southwest Virginia Region : ... : John Henry Wall
The book -Steel Drivin' Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend- is all about Joh Henry, and is where I got the name for the line. Filthy, but will be great when cleaner. I climbed much of this problem but didnt finish it due to the lack of a stick brush. I just couldn't clean the last 2 holds to reach the top. Someone should do it (or I will this summer) and top it out. The line will be really fun!At the far right side of the wall, look for the chunky portion to walk up onto to ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Virginia

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