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.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Greatest Show Area:
Back to Power 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 50'
Just Another Pretty Face 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport, 70'
Puppy Chow 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 100'
Fruity Pants (AKA Porter's 12c) 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Lavender Days 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
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The Greatest Show On Earth 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c WV : The New River Gorge : ... : Greatest Show Area
This is one of the prettiest pitches of climbing in the southeast as well as one of the most intimidating looking finger cracks just about anywhere. Start on top of a boulder just down and right of a fixed pin. Climb through a slightly heady but easy opening section up to the base of the roof passing two fixed pins and a gear placement. From a pumpy stance on a slopey jug place several good cams and get your head together for an amazing roof sequence on horizontal finger locks. A few crimps to t...[more] Browse More Classics in WV
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