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Riverbend Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Jake Jones on Apr 9, 2015


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This area is downstream of the main wall and parking. It contains a smaller, albeit quality collection of routes than the main wall. Definitely worth a visit.

Getting There 

Follow the road from the main parking downstream until the next big cliff is found. This is the River's Bend area.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.4 miles from here

14 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Riverbend

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Riverbend:
Slush   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Dig Dog Dig   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Wish I Were a Fisherman   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Sanitary Fish Market   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 60'   
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Featured Route For Riverbend
Rock Climbing Photo: Right side of River Bend. Reflections is on the le...

Reflections 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c  West Virginia : Franklin Gorge : Riverbend
This is a great route which requires good body position and balance, more than pure strength. The climbing is very fun. May be soft for the grade once you figure out the moves.Climb carefully through choss past 2 bolts to the first chain. Stand up on the rock point to engage the blank section of wall. Work up crimps to angled holds in the first overhang and find the body positioning and pinches to reach an undercling under the second overhang. Work up a sidepull and crimps to reach jugs in the f...[more]   Browse More Classics in West Virginia

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By selma nunes
From: Falls Church VA
Mar 28, 2016
Are people allowed to park on the road off of Route 220? or do people park in the main parking lot and walk down the river?
By Jake Jones
From: Richmond, VA
Mar 29, 2016
It's been a while since I've been there, but when I went, I drove down the potholed road and parked at the main spot by the river and then just walked around to it.

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