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ticebf


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Hey All,

I'll be making my first trip to Old Rag this weekend...I've got the guidebook and I'm a certified lead climber. I'll have a couple of girls (new climbers) and one other guy (intermediate) with me.

Does anyone have a favorite area/route they'd like to rec for both the girls (5.4 - 5.6) and me/my friend (5.7-5.10)?

Thanks!


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ticebf wrote:
Hey All,

I'll be making my first trip to Old Rag this weekend...I've got the guidebook and I'm a certified lead climber. I'll have a couple of girls (new climbers) and one other guy (intermediate) with me.

Does anyone have a favorite area/route they'd like to rec for both the girls (5.4 - 5.6) and me/my friend (5.7-5.10)?

Thanks!

Well, I've never had the pleasure of climbing there, but I think this should answer your question:



Oh My God! Dihedral. Get 'er led.


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Sunset has a couple of decent easy routes as well as plenty of harder stuff but there is a fair chance you will get lost trying to get there the first time.

PATC Wall is right off the trail and is shady which might be an important consideration this time of year. It has a bunch of fun moderate routes but I am not sure if any are 5.4-5.6. I remember doing a couple of 5.7s that were pretty straightforward and beginner friendly.


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Bring a machete and snake gaters...

Have fun, post a TR and let us know how it went. I'd be curious this time of year.


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ticebf wrote:
I've got the guidebook and I'm a certified lead climber.

bwahaha!

edited to apologise and just say that being a gym leader does not mean too much on the clifs.


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ticebf wrote:
I'll have a couple of girls (new climbers)

that part doesn't sound too bad though...Laugh


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wear long pants on the hike in.


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Second the machete and snake gaiters bit. This time of year the nettles can be horrendous, at least on the approach to the reflector oven / OMG / bushwhack crack area. Snakes too!

Be ready for anything, some of the lines aren't as straightforward as at the New or Franklin. For some you may not be able to set a TR even after leading the route. Take a good look from the ground first!

I'd probably go the PATC wall this time of year. Though it's been cool this year, maybe you'll luck out and get a 75deg day. Have fun!


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ticebf wrote:
I've got the guidebook and I'm a certified lead climber.

Hahahaha, pure gold! Laugh


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can you please scan and post your certificate for being a "lead climber," and tell me where i can get one. I have lead climbs before, but am not yet certified.


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brianc


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2nd for PATC. I've never top-toped there but you may be able to set some stuff up around the keyhole. Rhodey crack etc may be able to set up a rope on. Dobie Gillis has anchors - don't know if you'd want to TR off them.

I keep mentioning the TR thing b/c of the beginners. If you're just doing the lead/follow thing there's all sorts of stuff to do.

Having said that, OR would _not_ be my choice to bring beginners. Long approach, not a lot of easy climbing, and tough TRs does not a successful day make. Don't know if they're first-timers - if they are I'd focus on ensuring a successful day - which to me translates as you having 100% confidence that they will get up some thing easy enough to get up, yet hard enough that they feel like they were really climbing.


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Be aware that the approach is quite intense. Seeing as you are a Marine I'm sure you are in optimum physical condition, I would make sure your climbing partners are up to the task as well. When I was climbing there on Memorial Day weekend, we did actually need a Machete to clear out the approach paths to OMG and the Summit Walls. (That wasn't a joke) Also, I spoke with a a PATC Volunteer on the approach and he said that emergency services are at least a 12 hour operation and they typically Bivy with the injured person until they can setup a descent plan. I have never set up any Top Ropes at Old Rag.. I personally would never go cragging there, it's more of a trad practice area to me. Hope this helps..


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ticebf


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brianc,

On target and I agree. This is the intel I was looking for. Def want to find a place for them to feel comfortable (easy TR) and where I can send a few trad .9s and .10s ...seems to be a little bit hard to find in the area. Think I'll leave OR for the next trip with the boys.

If anyone has recs, let me know. Anyone have any thoughts on Hidden Rock or Hone Quarry?

Thanks for the beta!


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where are you? stony man on skyline drive is fun with an easy approach...annapolis rocks has a long approach, but it's easy...sugarloaf is fun, too...great falls and carderock have plenty of good climbs


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Sack up..and make the trip over to Seneca Rocks, WV! Trad climbers paradise! The Lower slabs area of seneca would be a good place to bring your group, you can get your harder leads in, and they can top rope other routes as well. The majority if not all of the routes at the lower slabs are single pitch, and it seemed that most of the rotes had pretty good natural protection for setting up a top rope if thats what your looking for!

Seneca has been known to be a bit sandbagged in some peoples eyes..Some of the tens there I have put up are stout, and then some of the 5.4 routes will blow your mind with exposure and steepness..Beautiful climbing, a place of heaven on earth West by God Virgina!

Semper Fi


cclarke


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mike_devildog-

Which tens at Seneca did you put up?


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Oh my god dihedral (pictured above) is the coolest route on old rag IMHO, but you need to be SOLID at the grade b/c it it committing at the top and you're a long way from the car if get hurt.


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Cottonmouth10a to Venom 10b..Breakneck Direct 10a..Castor and Pollux both 10a I think..great routes, Orange Aid great 10b on the East Face!


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Who the hell 'certifies' a lead climber? Is that like getting certified in CPR or something? I never heard of such a thing.

The notion is kinda funny actually; the more I think about it.

jefro


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Good routes for sure but I thought you meant that you had done the first ascent of some tens at Seneca.


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mike_devildog - Thanks for putting up those routes, I have led them all and they are really great. The cottonmouth to venom variation is one of my favorites. And Orange Aid really is a stunning lead!
Travis


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Oh dude, that is badass. Climbing in the Marines would be so frickin cool!! When The Marines say 'certified' then that means you've been highly trained and that makes much more sense. Thank God for the US Marines and what they do.

Good luck with yer crack climbin and Semper Fi!!

jefro


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I didnt put these routes up (to clarify) by no means am I that much of a hard ass! There are other gentleman that have the honor of FA on the routes I mentioned above! To clarify again..when I said put up..I meant that I have done, or lead at Seneca, not the FA by any means...But yes they are great routes!

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