REI Community
search
Greatest Show Area

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Back to Power T 
Begoon/Artz Corner T 
Big Top T 
Blackened Tan S 
Carny Crack T 
Fruity Pants (AKA Porter's 12c) S 
Greatest Show On Earth, The T 
Interpreting Intermission S 
Just Another Pretty Face S 
Mango Tango S 
Mighty Dog (aka Lavender Days) S 
Puppy Chow S 
Ringmaster, The T 
Scratchy Biscuits T 
Ziggerknot T 

Greatest Show Area Rock Climbing 


Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Location: 38.15303, -80.93231 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 9,870
Administrators: Chris Whisenhunt, Pnelson, Ladd, Shawn Heath, Jake Jones, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Jeremy Steck on Jul 15, 2009
Forecast:
Today

86° | 67°
Monday

84° | 63°
Tuesday

82° | 63°
Wednesday

84° | 66°
Thursday

84° | 66°
Friday

79° | 62°
You & This Area
Best climbs for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
I'm sure this pic doesn't do it justice.

Writing in chalk MORE INFO >>>

Description 

This crag defines quality over quantity– not too many lines, but those exist in the few hundred feet of cliffline are some of the area’s best. It contains what for years was the hardest sport line at the NRG (Mango Tango), and the hardest trad line (Greatest Show on Earth). Although these lines are no longer the “hardest” in the area, they are still undeniably aesthetic, and not repeated frequently. Beyond this, there are a few other great sport routes, such as the endurance lines Puppy Chow and Lavender Days, the exquisite hard face Fruity Pants, and some fun cracks like Big Top, Begoon-Artz Corner, and Back to Power. Many of the routes stay dry in the rain. The only thing this area lacks is moderate sport climbs.

Getting There 

Follow the directions for the Lower Meadow. After walking along the ATV trail for five or ten minutes, you will see the cliffline on your right. As soon as you see some huge roofs and a striking yellow and orange headwall that make you go "Oh my God, look at THAT!" take a climber's trail up to the cliff. You can orient everything from Greatest Show, which is the unmistakable roof crack to hanging corner.

Climbing Season

For the Lower Meadow area.

Weather station 4.4 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',3],['5.11',2],['5.12',5],['5.13',3],['>=5.14',1],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Greatest Show Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Greatest Show Area:
Begoon/Artz Corner   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Back to Power   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 50'   
Just Another Pretty Face   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 70'   
Big Top   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 70'   
Puppy Chow   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 100'   
Fruity Pants (AKA Porter's 12c)   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Mighty Dog (aka Lavender Days)   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Greatest Show Area

Featured Route For Greatest Show Area
Rock Climbing Photo: I'm sure this pic doesn't do it justice.

The Greatest Show On Earth 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c  West Virginia : The New River Gorge : ... : Greatest Show Area
This is one of the prettiest pitches of climbing in the southeast as well as one of the most intimidating looking finger cracks just about anywhere. Start on top of a boulder just down and right of a fixed pin. Climb through a slightly heady but easy opening section up to the base of the roof passing two fixed pins and a gear placement. From a pumpy stance on a slopey jug place several good cams and get your head together for an amazing roof sequence on horizontal finger locks. A few crimps to t...[more]   Browse More Classics in West Virginia

Comments on Greatest Show Area Add Comment
Show which comments
- none yet -

Mountain Project

The Definitive Climbing Resource

MTB Project

Next Generation MTB Trail Maps

Powder Project

Backcountry Ski Maps & Secret Stashes
FREE Stickers · Gyms · RSS · School of Rock · Contact · About