This crag defines quality over quantity– not too many lines, but those exist in the few hundred feet of cliffline are some of the area’s best. It contains what for years was the hardest sport line at the NRG (Mango Tango), and the hardest trad line (Greatest Show on Earth). Although these lines are no longer the “hardest” in the area, they are still undeniably aesthetic, and not repeated frequently. Beyond this, there are a few other great sport routes, such as the endurance lines Puppy Chow and Lavender Days, the exquisite hard face Fruity Pants, and some fun cracks like Big Top, Begoon-Artz Corner, and Back to Power. Many of the routes stay dry in the rain. The only thing this area lacks is moderate sport climbs.
Follow the directions for the Lower Meadow. After walking along the ATV trail for five or ten minutes, you will see the cliffline on your right. As soon as you see some huge roofs and a striking yellow and orange headwall that make you go "Oh my God, look at THAT!" take a climber's trail up to the cliff. You can orient everything from Greatest Show, which is the unmistakable roof crack to hanging corner.
Weather station 4.5 miles from here
12 Total Routes
['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
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Hyper-classic climb, in three parts. Start up a vertical face with climbing that is just a tiny bit tougher than you want it to be. Get to good jugs at the roof, and bust out through dead-horizontal, Obed-style flakes and huecos. Great shake spot just over the roof. The final headwall is where it all comes together; around 6 bolts of consistant 35 degree overhanging perfect rock, with several v3-4ish boulder problems separated by good jugs. This climb does not let up until the ver...[more] Browse More Classics in WV
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