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ben87


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good moderate top-rope in SW VA? guidebook?  (North_America: United_States: Utah: St__George: St__George_Area_Crags: Cougar_Cliffs: Main_Wall)
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Any one have recommendations for climbs in SW VA?

Does anyone know what the best guidebook would be?

Anyone been to Dragon's Tooth or Tinker Cliffs?

any advice, opinions etc. would be welcome.

-Ben


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The only decent guidebook that I've seen for VA is the one that includes VA, MD and WV, published by Falcon guidebooks.

I'm not sure where exactly in SW VA you'll be, but I've only climbed down there once, at a place called Iron Gate near Clifton Forge. Not too bad, really short approach from the highway. Everything there is one pitch, relatively short stuff, but it made for a fun afternoon of climbing.


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Tinker Cliffs and Dragon's Tooth have some limited top roping available. Both involve steep 3 mile hikes to get to the rock. Tinker is less frequented and has more climbing. Both are limited in height to about 40'. Most climbers only boulder at Dragon's Tooth. McAfee's knob is located between the two areas and has excellent bouldering. All three area are supremely beautiful, and popular with hikers. Worth a day trip or backpacking trip for sure.

If you seek to maximize you top-roping, I would recommend Bozoo, WV. This area is barely in WV and about 45 miles from Blacksburg, VA. All routes at Bozoo can be top-roped easily.

PM me if you need more info on Bozoo. There is a short bit about it in the Falcon Guide for WV, VA, and MD, but that guide only shows less than half of the routes.

If you travel another hour past Bozoo, you will be at the NRG, our real mecca for climbs.


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If you are in WAY sw VA like Damascus, just drive south to Linville gorge. there is much to do there. I know it is mostly a trad spot but there are some good TR climbs on the way to the Daddy/cathedral area.


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thanks for the tips... I'll be in the area around lexington, I believe. NRG is obviously the closest major destination....


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If you are going to be in lexington look into Goshen va.
For a topo click: http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?lat=37.93610&lon=-79.45760
For a guidebook of sorts click:
http://outingclub.wlu.edu/guidebook/climb/goshen/goshen.htm


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