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Location: 36.911, -81.45 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Aaron Parlier on Jul 18, 2009
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Description 

This cluster of boulders is the original bouldering area in Atkins, all along this portion of Big Walker Mountain. The location has a variety of fun problems to choose from. Roadside may not be a destination for distant travelers, but if you live reasonably close you should check this place out. Perfect for Abingdon region residents, Wytheville folks, or if you are just passing by exit 81 and are looking for quick new boulders to climb. Fun slopey holds and tough top-outs on nice, friendly sandstone. These boulders are nestled on the southern facing slope of Big Walker Mtn, so this place is perfect for cool weather trips.

There are six boulders in the area, the first being the lowball warm-up boulder that has a few good problems on it including the classic "Dial-Zero" V-1.
To the right of the warm-up boulder is the likewise lowball Spring Boulder, which has the area classic "Terrapin Top-out" (V-2+) and many other quality problems including the tricky "Seam Stress" (v-5).
Past this is the large and featured "Buttercup Boulder" which has many variations and tricky problems on the front face such as “Tournament of Champions” (v6).
Beyond the Buttercup Boulder are two very lowball blocks (unless you are a local, these are probably not worth your time): the Above Boulder and the Beyond Boulder.
Across the road where you park, to the left side of the road you can find a small trail. Take the short 50 foot trail down and you will find the hidden Black List Boulder which houses several quality problems and projects.

Getting There 

follow the directions in the descriptions

Climbing Season

For the Southwest Virginia Region area.

Weather station 7.4 miles from here

34 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]
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Rock Climbing Photo: this is a rough sketch of the boulders in the Nebo...
BETA PHOTO: this is a rough sketch of the boulders in the Nebo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron James Parlier on the Warm-Up Boulder
Aaron James Parlier on the Warm-Up Boulder
Rock Climbing Photo: the Blacklist boulder at nebo
the Blacklist boulder at nebo
Rock Climbing Photo: the warm up boulder at nebo mountain
the warm up boulder at nebo mountain
Rock Climbing Photo: the end result of a good day at nebo
the end result of a good day at nebo
Rock Climbing Photo: Parking at the pull-off on Nebo Mountain
Parking at the pull-off on Nebo Mountain
Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron James Parlier warming up on the Warm-Up Boul...
Aaron James Parlier warming up on the Warm-Up Boul...

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