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Iron Gate, VA

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Iron Gate, VA 

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BETA PHOTO: Iron Gate climbing area mapped on Google Earth.


This is a fun little spot for day climbs. Easy access from Southeast West Virginia, and Roanoke Virginia area. It's close to the highway (practically on top of it!), but you don't really notice the noise, except for that of the occasional train. Bonus: not crowded.

Description from Eric Horst's, Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland: "Highly fractured, mainly vertical sandstone cliffs with mixed protection and sport climbs up to 90 feet.

Be on the lookout for poison ivy.

Getting There 

South of I-64 about 3 miles on U.S. 220. Turn off on VA 616 and park on the right (GPS coordinates given on map). Hike out to U.S. 220. There is a short, steep access climb closer to parking that is not recommended. Go a little further and you'll see an access trail.

28 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Iron Gate, VA:
Happiness Is Slavery   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, Sport   Fetish Wall
Mind Games   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport   Fetish Wall
Clown Attack   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport   Gotham City Wall
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Featured Route For Iron Gate, VA
Cleaning draws off Mind Games

Mind Games 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a  VA : Iron Gate, VA : Fetish Wall
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By Aaron James Parlier
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Mar 28, 2011

Does anyone have any additional routes, names, grades, photos, descriptions that they could post about the place? I see 2 more routes in the beta picture at least. Looks like a great crag, but I'm sure people would be stoked to see more info if anyone has some. Thanks!

By M.Dubo
Mar 30, 2011

i have some information i'll work on adding over next few days

By Aaron James Parlier
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Mar 31, 2011

HA! Thanks Dubo, I should have guessed it would be you who adds the info. I appreciate it! Seems like a nice spot.

By Dave Carey
From: Morrison, CO
May 23, 2011

This place is awesome! Pretty pleased to have climbed here. Great well protected sport/trad and some fun lines!!

By CameronS
From: Lander, WY
Feb 5, 2012

I should be back out there again soon to work on clown attack. Ill take a nice camera with me and get some high res pics of all the routes.