By Jesse Woody From: Charlottesville, VA 5 days ago CONDITION REPORT
So I headed up here today with my son to check things out, here's a couple of tips:
1: Not surprisingly, during the summer time things are quite overgrown, so come prepared
2: When we were about halfway up the mountain trying to bushwhack our way to the Appalachian Barbwire boulders we were approached by some of the park employees who let us know that technically nobody is allowed off the main trails in the park. Also, they had never heard of or seen anyone climbing around the area.
Now, neither of these things are a huge surprise, but just some things to keep in mind. So, considering that, I'd love to figure out how to officially work on developing some trails for bouldering in the area. From what we saw (we weren't actually able to climb) there is definitely some great potential here. Does anyone in the area have any experience with working with park officials?
I know Aaron Parlier is an admin on this page and has done some great work in Grayson Highlands (which coincidentally is about 40 minutes away from my hometown but unfortunately has been plagued by rain every time I've tried to go climb while visiting family) so maybe you have some tips?
Jesse, I do have some recommendations. But, I am not at all familiar with the climbing in the region or the efforts of an LCO that may have worked with the park in the past. There is no harm in emailing and setting up a meeting with the park staff pertaining to volunteerism from climbers on park trails, and that might precipitate to allowing access trails to some of the popular boulders. Feel free to email me, I'd be glad to help if you all have any questions about it.