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Location: 36.62785, -81.48208 View Map  Incorrect?
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Kent on Frites and Cassoulet (V9), Olympus Boulder

Description 

OPEN FOR THE SEASON


The Picnic Bouldering area is as close to perfect as it gets in Virginia. It begins with a parking area that is a 40 SECOND (timed), level stroll to The Olympus boulder. Olympus is a massive, ominous, aggressive, overhanging boulder whose sides trend to shorter, more intermediate level lines. Olympus is 20-25 feet at its tallest, and spans 70-80 feet in length and has good landings all the way around. secluded in its own sanctuary of old growth rhododendron, you feel alone even though nearby there are trails, and amenities.
with an equally short "approach" if you can really call it that, is the Rock House boulder. This boulder offers quality, slightly to heavily overhanging lines, and boasts a unique and satisfying dihedral problem that all will love to try out, no matter what grade you're climbing... also on the Rock House Boulder is one of the most quality v-3s in GHSP called "Indian Outlaw" (v3) and it is a must do for anyone..

Past Olympus is an indoor restroom. beside the restroom is a drink machine. near by is a playground. near there is also an outdoor concert stage where bluegrass and Celtic music festivals are frequently held. all around that are fields of grass for football, soccer, and Frisbee games and also just for rolling in the grass. there are two historic cabins down the hill, and a small stone 1800's era graveyard. This is all within COMFORTABLE walking distance, so its a great place for a group of climbers and non climbers alike.

Be sure to scope out more information, videos, pictures, and problem description on GHSP Bouldering: graysonhighlandsbouldering.com...

Getting There 

Make the very first right hand turn past the pay booth at the sign for "Picnic Area".

Follow specific boulderfield access/directions in the GHSP Bouldering Guidebook, or GHSP's Rakkup Guidebook App

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.6 miles from here

87 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',27],['2 Stars',37],['1 Star',21],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',3],['V2-3',33],['V4-5',24],['V6-7',16],['V8-9',7],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',4],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Picnic Area:
Cherokee Dihedral   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   Rock House Boulder
Indian Outlaw   V3 6A     Boulder, 13'   Rock House Boulder
Crazy Horse   V3 6A     Boulder, 17'   Rock House Boulder
Athos Arete   V5 6C     Boulder, 20'   Olympus Boulder
Dark Horse   V7 7A+     Boulder, 14'   Rock House Boulder
Flying Spaghetti Monster    V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   Olympus Boulder
Frites & Cassoulet    V9 7C     Boulder, 9'   Olympus Boulder
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Into the gaston on FSM

Flying Spaghetti Monster V7 7A+  VA : Grayson Highlands State Par... : ... : Olympus Boulder
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

Photos of Picnic Area Slideshow Add Photo
Arete project, Zeus Boulder, Grayson Highlands VA
Arete project, Zeus Boulder, Grayson Highlands VA
Aaron James Parlier on the FA of "Fortune 500...
Aaron James Parlier on the FA of "Fortune 500...
Looking right from the arete proj. Zeus, Grayson H...
Looking right from the arete proj. Zeus, Grayson H...
Matt on the FA of "Hold The Relish"
Matt on the FA of "Hold The Relish"
Aaron Parlier on the arete project, Zeus Boulder, ...
Aaron Parlier on the arete project, Zeus Boulder, ...
Brianna Knaggs starting Indian Outlaw. CJ Yunger p...
Brianna Knaggs starting Indian Outlaw. CJ Yunger p...
Kasi Quinn on "Cherokee Dihedral" (V-1) ...
Kasi Quinn on "Cherokee Dihedral" (V-1) ...
Aaron James Parlier on the FA of "SHAZAM"...
Aaron James Parlier on the FA of "SHAZAM"...
Steve Lovelace on "Indian Outlae"(V-4) o...
Steve Lovelace on "Indian Outlae"(V-4) o...
Aaron James Parlier on the FA of "Corndog Cor...
Aaron James Parlier on the FA of "Corndog Cor...
Steve Lovelace on "Aftershock" (V-6), Ol...
Steve Lovelace on "Aftershock" (V-6), Ol...
from the right side of the Zeus boulder, Grayson H...
from the right side of the Zeus boulder, Grayson H...
Steve Lovelace starting "Athena" (V7)-(b...
Steve Lovelace starting "Athena" (V7)-(b...
Ronnie on Crazy Horse, Picnic Boulder. CJ Yunger p...
Ronnie on Crazy Horse, Picnic Boulder. CJ Yunger p...

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By Keegan Dimmick
From: Winchester, VA
Aug 20, 2009
this looks pretty incredible.