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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- E2 5b Trad, 50'
Just Another Pretty Face 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Sport, 70'
Puppy Chow 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Sport, 100'
Fruity Pants (AKA Porter's 12c) 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Lavender Days 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
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Just Another Pretty Face 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c WV : The New River Gorge : ... : Greatest Show Area
Another classic route in this area, and a bit more accessible to us gumbies than Greatest Show on Earth or Mango Tango. Start on a 5.7-ish finger crack a bit to the left o Puppy Chow. Some finger-sized cams may help if you don't want to solo 30 feet of 5.7 up to the massive ledge. From here, clip a bolt on the face to your left, and do a crazy crux sequence of heelhooks and a big reach into an undercling. Once over the lip, it is easier (10b-ish?) but really fun climbing for three more bolts...[more] Browse More Classics in WV
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