Skip to Content

Routes : North America : United States : Virginia : North Western : Old Rag Mountain : PATC Wall (aka Skyline Wall)

PATC Wall (aka Skyline Wall)

RSS FeedClick on "Routes" to subscribe to a RSS feed of all new routes added to this category. Click on "Ascents" for a RSS feed of all new ascents recorded in this category. Routes | Ascents

About PATC Wall (aka Skyline Wall):

An excellent wall chock-full of moderate cracks. The last part of the Ridge Trail (east of the summit) where you scramble along on bare granite for a couple hundred feet actual runs along the top of the PATC Wall. There are access points going down north to the base at either end of the wall. At the east end there is a large gap in the cliffline, separated from the trail by a few feet of bushes/small trees, which allows a 3rd-4th Class scramble down, between "Picture Perfect" and "More Cowbell". At the west end of the wall, the is a narrow (body-width) slot forming a corridor that pierces the wall; climb down into & through it, and then a climber's trail heads L and down into a wide shallow gully, then swings R along the base [most of the climbs are then past a slab the climber's trail takes you to, with a long step up R across a chasm, just beyond which is the base of Piton Crack]. The wall is 80 feet at its tallest, there no permanent anchors on top (except for the anchor below the huge roof, shared by "Dobie Gillis", "Waste Age" & "Psycho Babble"), so a quick jog back down is required. The routes are numbered going from east to west (i.e., going towards the summit of the mtn.).
Approach: ~3mi (4.8km) along Saddle Trail from Berry Hollow trailhead.
Approach Time: ~1.5 hours
Latitude, Longitude:
Access Issues:
Rock Type: Granite
Type of Climbing: Trad
Sun Aspect: All Day Shade

Routes

SequenceSequence numbers indicate the left (L) to right (R) order of the routes. Rating Route Difficulty Ascents
0 Average Rating = 2.50/5 Thrash 5.7 2
0 Average Rating = 2.00/5 Vegemite 5.5 2
4 Average Rating = 3.00/5 Picture Perfect 5.8 2
5 Average Rating = 3.00/5 More Cowbell 5.7 1
6 Average Rating = 4.00/5 Classy Chimney 5.7 1
7 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Keyhole Left 5.6 1
8 Average Rating = 3.00/5 Keyhole Right 5.4 3
12 Average Rating = 4.00/5 Crackback 5.8 3
14 Average Rating = 4.00/5 #10 Hex Offwidth 5.9 1
16 Average Rating = 5.00/5 Duckwalk 5.10c 1
17 Average Rating = 4.50/5 Dobie Gillis (2) 5.8 11
18 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Waste Age 5.12c 0
19 Average Rating = 3.00/5 Psychobabble 5.10b 5
20 Average Rating = 3.00/5 Bombay Crack 5.7 1
21 Average Rating = 3.00/5 PATC Lieback 5.8 2
22 Average Rating = 4.00/5 Hemlock Crack 5.9 1
23 Average Rating = 3.50/5 Fern Crack 5.7 5
24 Average Rating = 4.25/5 Rusty Bong 5.8 9
25 Average Rating = 5.00/5 Piton Crack 5.7 3
26 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Rhodey 5.6 2
30 Average Rating = 0.00/5 The Ragged Edge 5.10c 0
35 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Pissant overhang 5.11b 1

Most Recent Photos

Dobie Gillis
Dobie Gillis
No route specified No route specified No route specified

Forum Discussions (1 posts)

  Subject Author Replies Last Post
With Replies massive bolder about to fall upper PATC lieback and bombay crack drsuperfly 13 Sep 24 2009, 8:47 PM