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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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1,873 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',110],['3 Stars',513],['2 Stars',765],['1 Star',411],['Bomb',3]

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
Warm Up Roof Left   V2 5+     Boulder, 20'   The Belly Boulder Area : Warm-Up Boulder
Highland Highball   V2 5+     Boulder, 20'   Horizon Area : Highland Highball
Crazy Horse   V3 6A     Boulder, 17'   Picnic Area Boulders : Rock House Boulder
The Hive   V3 6A     Boulder, 14'   1. Overlook Area : Hive Boulder
Periscope   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   Contact Station Boulders : Periscope Boulder
Indian Outlaw   V3 6A     Boulder, 13'   Picnic Area Boulders : Rock House Boulder
Billy Budd   V4 6B     Boulder, 11'   Right Boneyard : Belgrano Blade
Ranger Rick (Sit)   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Contact Station Boulders : Ranger Rick Boulder
True Grit   V5 6C     Boulder, 10'   Contact Station Boulders : True Grit Boulder
Front Man   V5 6C     Boulder    A.V.P. Boulders : A.V.P. Boulder
Title Fight   V5+ 6C+     Boulder, 14'   Title Fight Area : Title Fight Boulder
Thews    V6 7A     Boulder, 11'   Middle Boneyard : Thews Boulder
Horizon Line   V6 7A     Boulder, 20'   Horizon Area : Horizon Boulder
Tremor   V6 7A     Boulder   The Corridor & Beyond : Zoloft Boulder
6'-4" Arete   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   McAfee's Knob : Highball Boulders
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
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Rock Climbing Photo: the pockets you use to top out with can be seen he...

Dial Zero V1+ 5  Virginia : Southwest Virginia Region : ... : Warm Up Boulder
Stand start with hands in the middle of the boulder, left hand in a left facing lip, right on a slopy ledge.bump the right hand up to a bigger slopy ledge, and throw your left hand out to a far crimp rail.Dead point the top and search for any of the three mono pockets that are up there and use them to help you top out....[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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