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Springfield Bouldering (Hooes Rd)

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Springfield Bouldering (Hooes Rd)  

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Submitted By: Jay Shultis on Aug 1, 2012
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Local Bouldering crag. i.e. NOT A DESTINATION, but great for DC area locals desperate to find quality bouldering problems outside the gym. Grades from V0-V12? with good lines. Eliminates after that.

The good: Great lines in scenic location with easy access. The bad: glass, spray paint, other typical city crag issues. Make sure you check out your topout to make sure it is clear of glass, seriously.

A couple tall problemms to the Left of the 45 wall that can be top-roped from a bolt. A couple pads will work (25' or less)


Getting There 

W on Springfield Parkway from Mall
L on Bonniemill Ln
R on Hooes Rd
Park on Right side side of the road after bridge Follow the trail N/W on the left side of the creek

Jogging/Bike trail across the stream/river.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.2 miles from here

2 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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By Aaron James Parlier
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Aug 1, 2012
Damn Jay, posting boulders from Bburg to DC now huh? Good stuff! Any photos?
By Jay Shultis
From: Blacksburg VA
Aug 1, 2012
I think I have a couple I can find later. If anyone has any FA or name info, let us know! For now this will get you there, and take some trash home with you!
By Adam arrison
Oct 29, 2012
2 v0's and 1 v1 directly on front left side while entering before the prow boulder. 1 v4 and v5 with a v6 variation. Height dependant on grade on corner of prows left side. corner right prow is a project v? prow has no lines up to date. may be too thin to climb. Far right 45 degree wall has a v8, v4, v6+ maybe v7. furthest corner is project in that order from left to right. no names but they should be tagged and graded for anyone wanting to come check em out at our little city getaway. its a sweet boulder. later
By Nic Tan
From: Arlington, Virginia
Mar 23, 2014
That right prow line is The Black Sun Rises (V12) and has a stand start that goes as V10. And if I remember my Hooes Rd history, lines and names have been established a long time ago by Gabor Szekely, Paul Wallace and GP Salvo.
By Eli Buzzell
From: Rumney
Apr 10, 2014
Does anyone go here anymore/ever? I'd love to get the actual problem names and grades if there are any established.
By JamieRe
From: Providence, RI
Apr 16, 2014
Found a vid of the stand to Black Sun Rises. Can't wait to try this one.

By Alex Adagio
Aug 2, 2014
Cant park on left side side of the road after bridge anymore, theres a guardrail there. Theres a pull off on the right side of the road just before the bridge. Walk across the bridge, access on the right.
By Kevin Steckbauer
Aug 30, 2014
Has anyone tried the Black Sun Rising line? I checked it out the other day and plan on working on it once it gets a little cooler out! It looks amazing and the low start looks legit!
By G Coe
Feb 23, 2015
This was the first area that I ever climbed outside back in 2000. As far as I know most of the easier first ascents went up between 2000 and 2003 by myself and a small group of climbers. The Nic Tan post above is pretty spot on about the harder stuff. I think that the Black Sun Rises has only seen two ascents with one being the video posted with the tick by Alex Brown.
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