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Elevation: 2,134'
Location: 38.67516, -79.31026 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Ladd, Shawn Heath, Vicki Schwantes, Jake Jones, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Jake Jones on Apr 9, 2015  with updates from Elliott Becker
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Chris Egress on the classic Barnacle Bill.



The start of this area is visible and begins 50 feet from the parking area, and then extends upstream, climber's right and uphill for roughly a quarter mile or so.

Getting There 

Follow directions to the parking on the main page.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.7 miles from here

52 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',27],['2 Stars',22],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Main Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Main Wall:
First Aid   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Impact Zone
Castaways   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Impact Zone
Jump Start   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 30'   Impact Zone
Wintermute   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 60'   Impact Zone
Aloha    5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 60'   Contact Zone
Shipwrecked   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Impact Zone
Anchors Away   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 35'   Impact Zone
Blood, Sweat and Chalk   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 70'   Impact Zone
Aqualung   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 65'   Impact Zone
The Last Laugh   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Impact Zone
Bircham's Beach   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 70'   Contact Zone
Potential Energy   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 60'   Contact Zone
Edge-U-Cate    5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Impact Zone
Super Amazing Sea Monkeys   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 30'   Impact Zone
Decompression Sickness   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Impact Zone
Barnacle Bill   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 80'   Impact Zone
The Bends   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 80'   Impact Zone
Dynosaurus   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Contact Zone
Davey Jones' Locker   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Impact Zone
Sizzle   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Contact Zone
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Featured Route For Main Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: TR'ing on Barnacle Bill--a Franklin super-classic!...

Barnacle Bill 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  West Virginia : Franklin Gorge : ... : Impact Zone
Possibly the most popular (and for good reason) route of this grade here. The first 1/2 is steep climbing on good holds but don't dally because the pump is sneaking up on you. The crux is nailing the long moves to the big thankfully positive horizontal that cuts across this part of the wall. It isn't quite over yet with a few more technical moves remain before the shuts....[more]   Browse More Classics in West Virginia

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