Aaron James Parlier on the FA of "SHAZAM"...
This has been called one of the most impressive boulders in the Southeast. Itís not hard to agree once you've visited Olympus.
Olympus is massive. This boulder is one of the largest in Grayson Highlands State Park. It is also likely home to some of, if not the most difficult lines and projects found in the park. Along with all of these complements it too has the shortest and easiest approach, and nearest restrooms and a drink machine.... it's got it all (with a grade range from V1-V12 to keep you busy!).
This boulder stretches nearly 100 feet or more in length. It has two sides; the first you come to is short and has a shallow overhanging bottom leading up to a vertical top-side. As you walk along this side the height grows in height until you get to the arÍte where the overhang is above your head you top out at about 13 or 14 feet. Around the corner past the arÍte the face become massive and steep. It also continues to become taller, reaching 20 feet in some places.
Along the front main 45 degree face you will find that the center has a large crack which separates Olympus into two faces. For problem clarification I state "left or right" blade or boulder.
Park in the center parking lot. walk out to the left entrance of the lot, across the road, up the trail through the dense rhododendron. pass the picnic tables and walk around to Zeus. (40 second walk) If you walk for more than a minute, you have done something very wrong.
Weather station 5.6 miles from here
23 Total Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
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Stand start very high up (if you're shorter you will need to stack pads)on a large, diagonal rail for a right hand, and a lower small crimp for a left (since Aaron broke the good jug to start on). establish feet and fire out left to a good gaston. Get established on a line of crimps and do a big dynamic move to an awesome jug bar. Top out through some more jugs.I should add that a sit start is probably possible... It would add about 5-6 moves of painful painful V10 crimping. Go for it!...[more] Browse More Classics in VA
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By Jay Shultis
From: Blacksburg VA
Sep 15, 2013
Aaron, could you take a minute, when you get one, and organize these problems L->R it would be mighty helpful.. lots of lines for people to sort through on this boulder.