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gasdr


Feb 29, 2004, 11:20 AM
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SW Virginia/E. Tennessee access HELP!!
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After climbing there for 4 years, the only sport climbing area in SW Virginia (near Abingdon) that I know of appears to have been closed. It's like I've lost a best friend. The only gym in the area has also closed. Where do we go now???


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Please e-mail me if you don't want to post any info.


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New River Gorge?


salamandersmith


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How about Backbone Ridge? It's near Damascus, small wall though.


braaaaaaaadley


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I assume your talking about HV... goodluck with that; the owner is not going to grant access in the near to present future. My advice is to turn towards NC-Boone for climbing. Also backbone rock is an option for a quick day trip.

Edited-Since your from Tn, the Obed would be a good option for you too.


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salamandersmith


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No, it's not Hidden Valley. There's a sign in Damacus pointing the way to Backbone Ridge. There's a couple of different routes here, and really easy to set up as well because of the stairs here.


braaaaaaaadley


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When I mentioned Hidden Valley I was replying to the OP. And as far as this "Backbone Ridge" you speak of... I believe your talking about Backbone Rock, as in the area on located on the banks of Beaverdam Creek right?... even the sign in Damascus calls it Backbone Rock.


salamandersmith


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Big deal, so I couldn't remember the name verbatim. It's Backbone Rock. Mad


braaaaaaaadley


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I did not mean to sound rude. The reason I said that I was replying to to OP's post is that Backbone Rock is not closed nor is it a sport area.


BalognaHero


Feb 15, 2010, 4:39 PM
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Go there anyways? Or Obed.


ozoneclimber


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I think it would be around a four or five hour drive but you could head down toward chattanooga... Tons of stuff around there as I'm sure you already know...
-Bobby


salamandersmith


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I don't know...this thread is so old that I can't remember what I was thinking when I posted. For sport routes, I think there are a few in Bozoo, WV. I never had the honor of climbing in Hidden Valley due to the closure. Backbone Rock is fun for top-roping, but the routes are really short.
SWVA has ton of untapped climbing potential. There are many exposed cliffs near where I grew up (Coeburn) that have never been climbed on. I've seen pictures of people climbing at Flag Rock in Norton, VA but I have no idea how they set up anchors there. There were also supposed to be bolts on Hanging Rock in Dungannon, but I stood at the base of it searching for them and never saw any. I think someone needs to bolt more routes in SW VA!
New River Gorge is amazing for sport-climbing!


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http://www.peakexperiences.com/climbing-center/areaclimbing.htm

These look good!


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