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Cascades Bouldering  


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Description 

The Cascades Recreational Area has a number of quality bouldering opportunities that are easily accessible and within a close proximity (approximately 30min) from Virginia Tech's campus.

The climbing at the Cascades is mostly sandstone. Nice slopers, pinches, and a few small crimps can be found here. In the cooler months the friction is hard to match. There are slabs, vertical faces, pumpy roofs, steep inclines, and attractive stream-side boulders to choose from.

NOTE: If anyone has the drive to put together a simple topo for the cascades, this would be a huge help for the climbing community. I started to compile one but moved to Boone NC before I could finish. Feel free to contact me (click -Aaron Parlier- at the top left corner of the page to message) with any questions concerning boulders/problems/locations. Best of luck!

Check out this cool sampler Travis Melin has put together showing a few fun problems you can find here at the 'scades!



Over 150,000 people visit the Cascades a year. Please be respectful as it only takes 1 complaint from one person to shut the climbing here down for good.

Cascades falls plunges 69ft off of the cliffs into a picturesque pool where you can swim in the summertime. The creek offers quality fishing and the trail is a nice level hike that can be enjoyed by all ages (with a few trail-side boulders for an added bonus).

Climbing on or near the waterfall itself is prohibited (obviously since the rock under it is chossy and wet), and the sign is explicit in warning against it.

Barneys Wall offers some alright roped climbing and is in this area as well. Barney's has it's own page here on Mtn Project in case you've come to this one looking for it by mistake.

Enjoy!

Getting There 

Take exit 118 I-81 north on US-460, making
sure to use the bypasses around Christiansburg
and Blacksburg. After 26.6 miles turn right
on Cascade Dr (SR-T623) in Pembroke.
The entrance is in 3.3 miles.


Climbing Season

For the Roanoke/New River/Blacksburg area.

Weather station 3.9 miles from here

110 Total Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',31],['2 Stars',57],['1 Star',15],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',9],['V2-3',46],['V4-5',30],['V6-7',19],['V8-9',4],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',2],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cascades Bouldering:
Lightning Mcqueen   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   Contrast Area : Contrast Boulder
Space Invaders   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   Cascadia Area : Cascadia
Title Fight   V5 6C     Boulder, 14'   Title Fight Area : Title Fight Boulder
Threat Level Midnight   V5 6C     Boulder, 13'   Cascadia Area : Cascadia
Inglorious   V5 6C     Boulder, 7'   Cascadia Area : Cascadia
Fight Night   V5-6 6C+     Boulder, 13'   Title Fight Area : Title Fight Boulder
Rapunzel Syndrome   V6-7 7A+     Boulder, 12'   Cascadia Area : Cascadia
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Sit start under the steep, shady face to the left side of the block. Find the thin undercling and match it. Use some core and pop out to the beefy, sloped pinch overhead. Continue to the sharply sculpted, smooth, flat sloper. Either negotiate a way past it statically or dyno up and right to another similar but more positive sloper. continue directly up through an iron ripple crimp to the slopey but positive, smooth top out....[more]   Browse More Classics in VA

Photos of Cascades Bouldering Slideshow Add Photo
Sometimes the falls freeze... Awesome photo!   Fro...
Sometimes the falls freeze... Awesome photo! Fro...
This was an old stone bridge until a massive flood...
This was an old stone bridge until a massive flood...
"Space Invaders", Cascades, VA
"Space Invaders", Cascades, VA
Kevin Kelly on "Block Party"
Kevin Kelly on "Block Party"
Threat Level Midnight, Cascades, VA
Threat Level Midnight, Cascades, VA
A nice photo of the falls from: 2.bp.blogspot.com
A nice photo of the falls from: 2.bp.blogspot.com
Kevin Kelly on "Side Show"
Kevin Kelly on "Side Show"
Parlier on "Inglorious Bastards" FA, 201...
Parlier on "Inglorious Bastards" FA, 201...
Aaron James Parlier on "Top Ramen"
Aaron James Parlier on "Top Ramen"
Aaron James Parlier on the FA of "Don't Go Ch...
Aaron James Parlier on the FA of "Don't Go Ch...
Kevin Kelly on "Light Show"
Kevin Kelly on "Light Show"
Taken from the first bridge about a 1 minute hike ...
Taken from the first bridge about a 1 minute hike ...
Aaron James Parlier on "Golightly"
Aaron James Parlier on "Golightly"
A beautiful shot of the stonework that was done to...
A beautiful shot of the stonework that was done to...
Aaron James Parlier on "Lights Out"
Aaron James Parlier on "Lights Out"
"Inglorious", Cascades, VA
"Inglorious", Cascades, VA

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By Jay Shultis
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From: Blacksburg VA
May 17, 2015
The newest Cascades Testpiece, thx to Joe Gruss!

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