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Submitted By: Aaron Parlier on Dec 19, 2011

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Moonlight is the newest addition to the GHSP bouldering areas. Late summer 2011, myself and several other climbers from VA FAd close to 50 new problems throughout the Moonlight Area.

Moonlight has incredible boulders and interesting features. Some boulders are typical GHSP style, while others have style and characteristics all of their own. There are short little low-ball boulders and harrowing highball lines. You can find steep faces, roofs, and even vertical faces and an easy slab or two (pretty uncommon for Grayson). Basically all bases are covered in the Moonlight.

Moonlight Area is broken down into three sub areas. In the order that they occur on the walk in are: Tall Wall Area, Ginseng Area, and then the Moonlight Area.

Be sure to scope out more information, videos, pictures, and problem description on GHSP Bouldering:

Getting There 

Follow specific boulderfield access/directions in the GHSP Bouldering Guidebook, or GHSP's Rakkup Guidebook App, as the climber access trail is difficult to locate due to vegitation during warm months.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.8 miles from here

68 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',31],['1 Star',21],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron James Parlier. "Moonlight Sonata" ...

Moonlight Sonata V3 6A  Virginia : Grayson Highlands State Par... : ... : Moonlight Left
I can’t say enough about this line. Big, bold, and beautiful. I put off sending this line for a while due to a lack of pads and spotters. The other weekend I walked down by myself to work on a project and I couldn’t resist it any longer. I was alone, but I worked it piece by piece to make sure the fall was good and the holds were bullet. I ended up climbing it several times because it was so good.-Sit start low under the enormous, steep overhang at the base. The base on the far left side of th...[more]   Browse More Classics in Virginia

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Rock Climbing Photo: Tyler Hoskinson swinging into Moonlight Sonata
Tyler Hoskinson swinging into Moonlight Sonata
Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron Parlier on "Moonlight Sonata"
Aaron Parlier on "Moonlight Sonata"

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By Benandstuff
From: Winston-Salem, NC
Jul 13, 2015
I came wandering down this area without a guidebook (not recommended), and at the very, very bottom, off trail, there is an absolutely ENORMOUS triple decker boulder next to a fin-like boulder. The downhill side had a dihedral up to the first deck that looked somewhat climbable. The side to the right of that had a really interesting (and unsafe) slab to big roof climb, with a fall onto the slab and into the damp gully. The fin boulder on the right also had a climbable arête.

At the time, I had only the MP app with me, and could not identify the boulder(s). Does anyone know if this boulder is listed anywhere/ has been climbed?
By Aaron Parlier
From: Boone, NC
Jul 13, 2015
The boulder(s) are unofficially called the Bear's Den boulders. The first of which has three climbs on it but are not listed due to a lack of trail. The awesome dihedral crack has never been climbed to the top as it is often wet, but the arête to the left is fun from the stand, and I also climbed it from the much more difficult sit start. Two easier (and sketchy) highball lines were also climbed to the left. The larger face further around the corner has never been climbed as it looked very chossy and sketchy. It might end up being really cool though?

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