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Horizon Line 

Hueco: V6 Font: 7A

Type:  Boulder, 20'
Consensus:  Hueco: V6 Font: 7A [details]
FA: Travis Melin
Season: not winter
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Submitted By: Aaron James Parlier on Jul 8, 2009

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Aaron Parlier on Horizon Line (v6)


This may be the proudest line in the park:
you can see this line from a mile (from the road) or from over 7 miles off (from the hikes around Mount Rogers and surrounding areas) as it proudly overlooks a large chunk of the park, and miles and miles of the Blue Ridge Mountains. this problem is tall, windswept, exposed, and classic as hell.

Horizon Line stand starts at the bottom of the middle of the face on a side pull and small crimp. toss out right to gain two small, shallow,angle-cut finger "pockets", with a high foot.
make a large move up to a precarious right hand slash side-pull that sits at a diagonal. this hold, as with most other hand holds on this boulder, is very smooth and angular.
From here, heel-hook the starting, vertical handhold/crimp rail, and move a left hand up into a shallow-nothing side-pull. Bump your right hand up off of the smooth side-pull to the good jug above.
gain the positive feet to start the nice (but lofty and exposed) top out:) one of the best lines Grayson has to offer without a doubt...

(Bring plenty of pads, or at least a couple big ones... the landing is rocky)


This challenging highball project line has seen several attempts, but it's yet to be sent to anyone's knowledge.
go to the main cluster, and scramble to the right, before you would have to walk between any of the large, other boulders.
when you go right, there should be one, tall, seemingly feature-less face. the face sits off the ground about three feet up, and the landing is bad. if you see these things, you are at the
"T-2 Project".
The project starts at the bottom of the middle of the face on two small, shallow, two finger "pockets", with a high foot.


Lots and lots of pads and spotters.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Horizon Line
Horizon Line
Rock Climbing Photo: Travis Melin on "Horizon Line" (v5) n th...
Travis Melin on "Horizon Line" (v5) n th...
Rock Climbing Photo: Travis Melin on "Horizon Line" (v5) n th...
Travis Melin on "Horizon Line" (v5) n th...
Rock Climbing Photo: CJ Yunger's Beautiful photo of Horizon Line
CJ Yunger's Beautiful photo of Horizon Line

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By Aaron James Parlier
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Oct 26, 2010

I believe this line may go at v-6, but I could also see hard 5... Im not sure. I would love for someone else to also send this line and give an oppinion.
By tupelo
Nov 12, 2010

Im super psyched to see this problem posted, I was (not proudly) the one to cut the tree down at the base to open this line. I had always been out there climbing by myself so i never toped it out, but felt the moves where worthy of a v6 grade, that was like 5 years ago though. super good line! nice send.
By Aaron James Parlier
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Nov 12, 2010

Tupelo! Glad to hear you had a chance to pull on this rig. Such a fantastic line... As proud as you may not be, and as much as I don’t advocate cutting trees (especially in GHSP), I have to say (and anyone else who chalks up under this problem Im sure) thank you at the same time, haha! Several people think hard five and also v6. Thank you for your vote on the matter. THE most aesthetic line in the park...
By Ryantdf
Jul 19, 2012
rating: V6 7A PG13

Classic line and beautifully place boulder for sure sadly couldnt get past the heel on the start sidepull. Felt was a little harder than true grit. Amped to put some more work in next time I man up for the drive to GHSP.
By Aaron James Parlier
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Jul 20, 2012

I completely agree with you and the problem has seen numerous ascents now. I believe the grade is, by consensus but not without conflicting opinions, confirmed at a solid v6. I personally agree with 6. No matter the grade I don’t think I have ever topped out a more picturesque and aesthetic line anywhere. In the fall once the leaves drop you can see this boulder from over 7 miles away... Horizon is the base line definition of a proud boulder.
By Dan Mott
Oct 12, 2015

Deserving of the hype, and worth checking out even if you're like me and can only stick the first move...

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