Nebo Mountain is a high ridgeline located in Atkins Virginia, which is a small mountain community near Marion, and Wytheville Virginia. Nebo Mountain possesses a respectable amount of potential and has been slowly developed since 2005 by a small group of climbers from local surrounding areas. The climbing here is on cliff bands and free standing boulders, all of which have bullet hard southern sandstone. There are 4 small areas on the mountain as of now, with the more likely lurking just out of sight. The small areas found on the mountain are the Nebo Mountain Boulders, The Drop, Nebo Heights, and the Nebo Wall.
Nebo Mountain Boulders
are a cluster of boulders and blocks that have the most established lines on the mountain. There are 6 boulders in this area with 30+ problems. All of the problems to my knowledge have at least one sloper in them, and primarily the slopey top out is the crux. This area is composed of quality stone and has many interesting features. The problems here range from (v-0) to (v-7) with harder projects that could go.
is relatively new and has only seen development since late 2008. The Drop is interesting in that it is made from a rim of sandstone in a depression/saddle on the mountainside. This is a small cliff band with lots of fun features and plenty of problems for every skill level. There are vertical highly featured walls and several horizontal roofs (one of which is massive). This area is still being established and expanded, and still has a ton of exciting lines yet to go.
is the least developed area, with some of the most exciting potential... more to come.
is a high cliff band leading down to a short, tapered boulder face. Both need some development. The bouldering has been done, and the wall has been partially done on top rope, but there is much undone here
Exit off of the Atkins exit (which is exit 50) off of interstate 81. Make a right off of the exit. Come to the immediate intersection and make a left onto the highway (Highway 11). Follow the highway to the next right hand turn about a mile up the road called “Bear Creek Road”. You will stay on Bear Creek Road the entire way to the boulders. Drive down the road and when you pass a road to your right that is called "Crawfish Road" you will start to enter the National Forrest. Drive all the way up the mountain which is full of tight curves and fun switchbacks. Pay attention once you drive through the hard turn (it completely doubles-back onto its self… look for lots of trash that ignorant people have dumped off of the right hand side of the curve), you will be very close to the bouldering area after this. After the hard turn, you will continue on the road passing two flow stone type rock adjustments on the right side of the road. As soon as you pass these, look to the right side of the road for a very easy-to-miss section of ditch you can pull off into (you should also be able to spot the first rectangular boulder (the warm-up boulder) in the distance through the woods to your right). Pull off the road here and walk up the trail on the right side of the road. There are two small worn out trails that are equally easy to miss.
Big moves to big holds; fun roof problem! Sit start between two boulders on a mondo jug. Move out through the horizontals. Pull through the roof on the obvious blocky hold. Top out straight up....[more]Browse More Classics in VA