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Cave Cove, Outer Brass Island 
Ginger Island 
Hans Lollik, Black Diamond 
Little Tobago 
Outer Brass Cave 
Santa Maria Cliffs 
St. John 
St. Thomas 
Thatch Island 
Virgin Gorda, BVI 

Virgin Islands Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: David Enloe on Nov 6, 2012
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Jeanne starting the traverse.


Includes both US and British Virgin Islands. Aside from the stellar granite boulders of the Baths, little exploration has been done involving the vast deepwater soloing and trad-climbing options around the islands. Almost all areas are accessed via boat, with only a few exceptions. Rock type varies from black basalt (???) to white granite (highest quartz content I have ever seen). Quality varies from place to place.

A couple of friends and I are the only climbers I know exploring the area. I have never established routes before so please give any input you have. Also, if you ever get on any of our climbs please feel free to comment on the ratings. I haven't been climbing all that long!

Getting There 

Fly to St. Thomas or Tortola. Travel between the islands by personal boat or ferry, and access crags via boat.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.3 miles from here

61 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',12],['3 Stars',29],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Virgin Islands

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Virgin Islands:
Island Crack   V1 5     Boulder, 20'   Spring Bay : Spring Bay Boulder
UG Arete   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   Guavaberry Spring Bay Resor... : UG Boulder
White Crab Arête    V1 5     Boulder, 15'   Spring Bay : The High Tide Boulder
Devils Bay Trail Traverse   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   The Baths : Almost To Lithgow
Island Flake   V2 5+     Boulder, 20'   Spring Bay : Spring Bay Boulder
Jump the Shark   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   Spring Bay : The High Tide Boulder
Brunswick a.k.a. The Skull   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   Virgin Gorda, BVI : Devil's Bay
Babar's Tusk aka Babars Crack   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   The Baths : Babar Boulder
Allez Up Arête    V4- 6B     Boulder, 18'   Spring Bay : The Grill Boulder
Peebles   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Guavaberry Spring Bay Resor... : UG Boulder
Babar   V6-7 7A+     Boulder, 12'   The Baths : Babar Boulder
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Featured Route For Virgin Islands
Rock Climbing Photo: 1st attempt! Madison Van Heurck

Bumpa Crack 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  North America : Virgin Islands : Santa Maria Cliffs
This is NOT a trad climb, but a classic DWS! Diagonal hand crack for 1st two-thirds of climb, then things get interesting. I have climbed the bottom third, enough to feel like it probably goes in the 5.11 range, but have not completed the climb. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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By Jason Haas
Nov 14, 2013
There is a new, comprehensive, color guidebook to the area that also serves as a travel guide:
By ClimbVI
Dec 6, 2013
Climb V.I. is now offering liveaboard sailing charters for climbers visiting to boulder Virgin Gorda and Fallend Jerusalem. Check us out at or
By Michael Toth
From: charlotte, nc
Feb 16, 2016
I'm looking to do some DWS in the area and I see a lot of options. Does anybody have any advice on some moderate DWS for someone who has never DWS'ed before?

Michael toth

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