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Location: 37.35931, -80.58918 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Aaron James Parlier on Apr 13, 2012
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The Contrast Boulder AKA "Choss Boulder" (due to the fact that it was underestimated for quite some time) is a large, steep boulder that sits inclined and long ways on the hillside past the Shadow Cast Boulder. Contrast is about a 12 minute walk down the trail up on the hillside to the left of the stream.

This boulder has fairly good landings and the lines here are unique. The faces look heavily featured but most holds are practically unusable due to their angle and the steep inclination. This aspect affords the possibility for really difficult grades and challenging movement. Expect tricky holds varying from slopers, crimps, pinches, underclings, pockets, knobs, and seams.

Getting There 

Walk past the first bridge and past the first boulder-strewn hillside where you find "polytechnic" "pyramid" and "Top Ramin". Continue past the Shadow Cast boulder that is to the right of the trail and shortly you will come to the small (too small and dirty to climb) cube-like block that is "balanced" on its corner and near the left side of the trail.

Up on the bouldery hillside to the left you will see several larger boulders higher up on the hill. Walk toward them and this is the steep, dark, and orange boulder that is larger than the rest. On its right side there are interesting black erratic blotches speckled across the steep face.

Climbing Season

For the Roanoke/New River/Blacksburg area.

Weather station 3.4 miles from here

6 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Contrast Boulder:
Lightning Mcqueen   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   
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Lightning Mcqueen V3 6A  VA : Roanoke/New River/Blacksbur... : ... : Contrast Boulder
Lightning Mcqueen is trickier than it looks, and slopers are the name of the game here.This is below a seam that can often be dirty or wet during a period of frequent rains. Have a toothbrush handy just in case the holds are a little dirty.On the middle of the downhill-most face you will find a low obvious jug to sit start matched on.pick up to get a good right heel hook and climb through the slopers above using a right hand crimp side pull along the way. This will lead you into more slopers at ...[more]   Browse More Classics in VA

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By Jay Shultis
From: Blacksburg VA
Dec 14, 2013
Thx for building the small retaining wall, makes this much more enjoyable!
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