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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.
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]
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Physical Therapy V3-4 6A+ VA
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Sit start in the middle of the main downhill face on the obvious, lower jug ledge (same as Lightning Mcqueen). Traverse low and right under the steep face via slopers and a perfect pinch loaf (with the cool brick read stripe that runs along the bottom). Once you get to the bomber jug/pocket out left. Climb up and out the steep face using the excellent crimp on the upper face. Trend left to use the crystally deep pocket that leads to better feet....[more] Browse More Classics in VA
By Jay Shultis
From: Blacksburg VA
Dec 14, 2013
Thx for building the small retaining wall, makes this much more enjoyable!