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Ohio Rock Climbing 

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With the database growing ~daily, hopefully you are able to find something to your liking.

If you are looking for specific types of climbing.. you can look up those routes quickly by using the show routes drop down box.

It's Ohio .. 

There are many crags to be found .. just look. LNT ethics are the goal since everyone will never be the first on the ground there .. watch your impact.

As a significant side note: climbing in Ohio is still fairly "touch and go." Deliberately lying to authorities can only bite you when they discover otherwise. Climbing in areas deemed presently illegal by the areas vested authority damages the efforts of fellow climbers working to secure legal access.

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['4 Stars',46],['3 Stars',158],['2 Stars',185],['1 Star',72],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Ohio

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Ohio:
Key Hole Arete   V1 5     Boulder   Athens : Witches Front
Pinch Arete   V1+ 5     Boulder, 1 pitch, 20'   Chippewa Creek : Midstream
Bonsai   V2 5+ PG13     Boulder, 7'   Chippewa Creek : Midstream
The POO arete    V2+ 5+     Boulder, 8'   Chippewa Creek : Downstream
Thugged Out Since Cub Scouts   V4 6B     Boulder   Chippewa Creek : Downstream
Bird's Nest   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Trailer Park Boulders : Commitment Boulder
Monkey Swing   V5-6 6C+ PG13     Boulder, 12'   Chippewa Creek : Downstream
Fight or Flight   V7 7A+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 15'   Chippewa Creek : Midstream
Racist Arete   V7 7A+     Boulder   Chippewa Creek : Upstream
An 8th of Crack   V8 7B     Boulder   Chippewa Creek : Downstream
Burrsitus   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   Logtown : Big Cliffs
Christ Died Crack   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Whipps Ledges : Christ Died
Double O   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Whipps Ledges : Island
Jeni's Double Dip   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 35'   Scioto Audobon Climbing Wal...
Saturday at The Shoe   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Scioto Audobon Climbing Wal...
The Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Whipps Ledges : Main Wall
Footloose and Finger Free   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Logtown : Right Main Wall
The Arete   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 5560'   Whipps Ledges : Island
The Thurmanator   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Scioto Audobon Climbing Wal...
Dunes   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Whipps Ledges : Island
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Blood Gnome (Stand Start) V5 6C  Ohio : Chippewa Creek : Upstream
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By jhump
May 10, 2009
Under Squaw Rock section is Logtown. This should not be here. Logtown has its own section and is nowhere near Squaw Rock (75 miles away?).
By Stacy McMahon
May 3, 2010
Does anyone know of any climbing near Canton or Youngstown? Also, are there any climbers on here from this area?
By angiewise
Apr 19, 2011
will be heading to New Phila to visit the family in late May and then driving down to the Red River Gorge....I've heard Hocking Hills has some climbing. We are looking for sport 5.8-5.11 or some easier trad routes. Any suggestions? Anything else on the way? Thanks!
By Benjamin Quinones
Sep 7, 2013
In Cbus for a week 9/8 to 9/13 looking to get a Red River Gorge trip or any climbing trip going :) I lead solid 5.11 sport and 5.10 trad. e-mail me on here if you're interested!
By Randy Travis
Sep 6, 2014
Alert !!! Cleveland Metroparks !! Metroparks rangers are confinscating climbers gear. The only metropark you can legaly climb in is Whipps Ledges by permit only. I have climbed around Cleveland since 1971 and have rarely had the past year I am hearing stories of rangers pulling ropes off climbs at Whipps and actualy searching peoples cars! They take your gear and give you a 120$ ticket. Barefoot solo anyone? Anyone remember the Vulgarians?
By tarsaucer Martin
From: Moscow, ID
Dec 20, 2014
does anyone think it would be a good idea to add an ohio link for "indoor climbing areas" on the main ohio MP page?
By Jeff Dunbar
From: Charlotte, NC
Jun 11, 2015
Hi, I am moving to Hudson, OH, in mid July and I am looking for serious training partners to get back in shape for many climbing trips to the New and the Red this fall. Any suggestions for where I should go (in person and/or online) to meet others in NE Ohio who are serious about training for outdoor climbing? 

I can lead easy 5.10 sport/trad off the couch, but I hope to be leading hard 5.11 trad/sport by the end of the year. Multiple training partners are welcome! PM me if interested...
By Eplumer400
From: Cleveland, OH
Jul 15, 2016
I'm making more of a habit to go to Whipp's Ledges more often, and therefore am going to try to clean the area information up a bit and add some routes that are being climbed but not recorded. PM me if you have anything to add or suggestions.
By mike varlotta
From: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jan 13, 2017
My son and I are going to be passing through Ohio this June/July on our quest to climb in all 50 states... Can anyone recommend the best place to go for a day of climbing? Preferably leading (sport or trad) bouldering or top-roping ok, too.
By c.curtner
Jan 16, 2017

There is going to be a huge area in Springfield, Ohio being developed this spring that would lead to an excellent day of climbing. It is going to be known as the Mad River Gorge (aka Springfield Gorge) and will provide some great rocks to lead or top rope. Also in the southwest Ohio area there is John Bryan which has some short but enjoyable walls to top rope. There is also some great bouldering in the Athens, OH (south central Ohio) area. Just north of Athens is the Hocking Hills which has fun top roping (and amazing hiking- Old Man's Cave!). Good luck on your journey to climb in all 50 states! I'm on a similar quest with my boyfriend!
By Jonathan Goecke
Feb 24, 2017
Any know of any areas relatively close to the Cincinnati are to do some outdoor rappelling. Closer than red river gorge?

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