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Wintergreen Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,440'
Location: 37.90755, -78.93769 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Dallas Branum on May 8, 2014
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This is a great after work crag if you're based in C'ville, plus you can hit up a brewery on the way home! Chances are you will be the only one at this crag at any time aside from an occasional hiker.

This place is full of high quality, grippy granite, similar to Old Rag. West facing rock makes for great sunset climbing, though the exposure can make it windy at times. Mostly trad climbing, though there are some decent sport lines and a TR can even be set up on several walls.

Getting There 

From HWY 664, turn onto Wintergreen Drive and start up the hill. In 2.3 miles, take a right on Blackrock Drive (after the gas station.) Take the next right onto Black Rock Circle. The small parking area is on the right less than a half mile from this intersection. There is an established hiking trail here with a sign that leads down to "The Plunge." Follow the yellow blazed Blackrock trail downhill to find the rock. It eventually intersects with the red blazed Brimstone trail, which will take you to the base of most of the crags if you follow it downhill.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.7 miles from here

14 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Wintergreen

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Wintergreen:
The Crack   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Beginner Slab
Slabtastic   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Beginner Slab
Guide's Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 100'   East Walls
Nut Job   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   Self Potential Wall
Happy Cracks   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   The Cracks
Unhappy Cracks   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   The Cracks
Green with Envy   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   The Cracks
Fear and Loathing   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Self Potential Wall
Heroes and Handlebars   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, TR, 40'   The Cracks
Self Potential   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Self Potential Wall
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By Aaron Parlier
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
May 8, 2014
Just to be precautionary, if this is private property it may not be for the best listing this location here if access issues could arise from more folks visiting the area. Is trespassing an issue? Signs? I would hate to see the place specifically shut down due to increased climber traffic.
By Dallas Branum
From: Leadville, Colorado
May 8, 2014
There are no signs stating that the area is off limits, and numerous folks who work with Wintergreen are fine with folks respectfully climbing here.
By Aaron Parlier
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
May 8, 2014
Good to hear, had to ask! The access sensitive note is always worrisome.
By AmyBedinghaus
From: Charlottesville, Virginia
May 16, 2014
Also, the climbing areas are on a public trail. Yes, the whole mountain is technically private land, but Wintergreen Resort encourages visitors to hike and explore. They also give out maps at the front desk, if anyone wants to just hike around.
By Aaron Parlier
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
May 16, 2014
Great! That's awesome.
By peterkd5bwt
Jul 28, 2015
As a recent visitor, I'd say one of the most important access considerations is that the parking lot, trail, and crag are all nominally within either visual or audible range of several private homes, especially if the wind is coming up the valley.

Beautiful spot with great views.
By Dallas Branum
From: Leadville, Colorado
Jul 29, 2015
Hey Peter - Good point. Though I've been told they are all vacation homes, and in two plus years of climbing here I never saw anyone in the homes in question.
By Brian Sakofsky
From: Mauldin, SC
Dec 16, 2015
I'm going to be in this area over Christmas, anyone available to show me around Wintergreen?
By LydiaRose
Jun 28, 2016
I am wondering what routes at Wintergreen are suited to top roping. Looking for 5'4-5'7 type climbs. TIA.
By Ryan McDermott
From: Pittsburgh, PA
Dec 28, 2016
This place is a total gem. I grew up near here and climbed at all kinds of inferior places but never, for some reason, came here, and it is world-class granite cragging. Wow! Great approach, spectacular views, super crack climbing, and sport routes to boot! There are many things going on here besides what is shown on Mountain Project and even on And huge potential besides if you want to clean lichen off routes.
By Scott Hutchings
From: Midlothian, VA
Feb 7, 2017
Looking for some Beta. What's to be expected at the top of the routes here? Are these actually anchor bolted or will a trad top rope need to be made each time? I see TR listed for some routes but not much in terms of hardware.

Thoughts from those who have ventured before me?

By Jake Jones
From: Richmond, VA
May 3, 2017
There's a mixture of bolted anchors and non-permanent anchors. There's usually a couple of slings at the top of Happy Cracks. Quite a few of the bolted anchors share routes so keep that in mind. It's always a good idea to take some webbing and a couple rings or old biners with you in case you need to leave something.
By Aidan Stewart
From: Richmond, VA
May 8, 2017
Anyone have more beta on the south slabs? I found some info on but it's fairly dated. Climbed Simplicity and Goat Trail yesterday, awesome climbs but we had trouble staying on route for the second pitches.
By Dallas Branum
From: Leadville, Colorado
May 12, 2017
Hey there Aidan,

I was actually the guy on the slab above you two who asked if you were looking for the trail. With the south slabs you generally want to trend to the climber's right until you hit the headwall above. There's a bolted sport climb on a lichen covered pillar about halfway up, with a firehose covered static line anchor right next to it. You two seemed to have taken a spur off to the left just before or after this, and ended up in the bush.

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