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Iron Mountain Out-and-Back
A ridgeline out-and-back in Southern Virginia. Near Glade Spring, Virginia
Beartree Gap
Solid access to the IMT ridgeline. Near Chilhowie, Virginia
Beartree Gap-Old 84 loop
A great loop that offers lots of variety and traverses the Iron Mountain Ridge. Near Chilhowie, Virginia
Rush Creek Loop
A variety of trails in the Rush Creek area of the Iron Mountains. Near Chilhowie, Virginia
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Southwest Virginia Region Rock Climbing 

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Bountiful boulderfields and crags found throughout the far Southwestern section of Virginia. Appalachia at its finest.

Help Bring Back the AVP Boulders Today!

We have the ability to bring back the phenomenal AVP Boulderfield of GHSP! It has been well over a year since we posted the news that the AVP Boulders were closed to climbing. Ever since, through the hard work and dedicated efforts of the Central Appalachia Climbers Coalition (CACC) and the Access Fund, we have worked with the landowners to negotiate a formal agreement for climbers to purchase the boulders. The survey, appraisal, and purchase agreement is complete! Now, with the community’s help, CACC is ready to acquire and permanently protect these fantastic boulders. CACC now has three months to raise the necessary funds to complete the purchase. If you enjoy climbing at the AVP Boulders, in Grayson Highlands in general, or would like to support the conservation and access preservation of some of the best boulders in Virginia, please donate to day! The end goal for this property is to allow GHSP to acquire the land, becoming an official part of Grayson Highlands State Park where bouldering is an openly encouraged and loved activity. Please follow and share the link below and let’s make it happen:

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Classic Climbing Routes in Southwest Virginia Region

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Southwest Virginia Region:
Ranger Rick   V0-1 4+     Boulder, 12'   Contact Station Boulders : Ranger Rick Boulder
Cherokee Dihedral   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   Picnic Area Boulders : Rock House Boulder
Highland Highball   V2 5+     Boulder, 20'   Horizon Area : Highland Highball
Indian Outlaw   V3 6A     Boulder, 13'   Picnic Area Boulders : Rock House Boulder
Periscope   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   Contact Station Boulders : Periscope Boulder
Ranger Rick (Sit)   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Contact Station Boulders : Ranger Rick Boulder
A Boy Named Sue   V4 6B     Boulder, 25'   Wild Wood : Big Rig Boulder
Billy Budd   V4 6B     Boulder, 11'   Right Boneyard : Belgrano Blade
Front Man   V5 6C     Boulder    A.V.P. Boulders : A.V.P. Boulder
True Grit   V5 6C     Boulder, 10'   Contact Station Boulders : True Grit Boulder
Never Have I Ever   V5 6C     Boulder, 19'   Luminary Area : Equinox Boulder
Title Fight   V5+ 6C+     Boulder, 14'   Title Fight Area : Title Fight Boulder
Horizon Line   V6 7A     Boulder, 20'   Horizon Area : Horizon Boulder
Thews    V6 7A     Boulder, 11'   Middle Boneyard : Thews Boulder
6'-4" Arete   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   McAfee's Knob : Highball Boulders
Tremor   V6 7A     Boulder   The Corridor & Beyond : Zoloft Boulder
Rapunzel Syndrome   V6-7 7A+     Boulder, 12'   Cascadia Area : Cascadia
Flying Spaghetti Monster    V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   Picnic Area Boulders : Olympus Boulder
Moneyshot   V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   McAfee's Knob : Roadside
Money Shot (extended start)   V7-8 7B     Boulder   McAfee's Knob : Roadside
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Featured Route For Southwest Virginia Region
Rock Climbing Photo: Oz Roof: Dorothy sit starts matched at the base of...

Dorothy V4-5 6B+  Virginia : Grayson Highlands State Par... : ... : Oz Roof
For a 4 move boulder problem, this one is really great!At the base of the steep roof is a long, flat jug ledge. Match here and heel hook.The only detracting quality from this line is that the base block is on, but this avoids the first move being awkward and bunched (forced). Match start and heel hook. Push off the base block and reach for the amazing, smooth, flat jug pocket and match. The base block is considered off from this point.Pull through to the rounded crimp rail overhead and match. To...[more]   Browse More Classics in Virginia

Photos of Southwest Virginia Region Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: True Grit (V5), Grayson Highlands State Park VA
True Grit (V5), Grayson Highlands State Park VA
Rock Climbing Photo: "Pastafarian"(V9) in GHSP
"Pastafarian"(V9) in GHSP

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