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Summersville Lake 

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Pirates cove in May 2007.


Summersville Lake is not in the NRG Proper, but due to it's proximity it is considered a part of the area. It is home to a host of high quality single-pitch sport routes along its northern shore. Ratings range from 5.easy (such as at the Orange Oswald Wall) to 5.14 (in the Coliseum), and there are even a pair of outrageous projects yet to be done, as well as much untouched cliffline that is either inaccessible or would require a boat. Water levels in the lake vary seasonally, which in turn affects the accessibility of certain routes. During warm months, deep water soloing can be a great relief from oppressive summer heat.

Getting There 

Follow Rte. 19 north out of Fayetteville for about 20 miles, almost reaching the town of Summersville. After crossing the obvious Gauley River bridge, park in a large lot on the east (right) side of the road. Follow a wide trail east for a ways until it descends down, crosses a stream at an old bridge, and then heads back up again. Shortly thereafter head right into the woods at a well-marked trail. Follow this trail past a few branches until it descends steeply by a stream and small waterfall. There is a ladder here to faciliate the scrambling. This will deposit you very near the DC Memorial Boulder. Head climber's left along the cliff band to access the Perot Wall and the Coliseum, or right along the cliff to the Long Wall, Narcissus Cave, and Orange Oswald Wall. Pirates' Cove, a great area that is only accessible during low water, can be reached via a separate trail or by scrambling around from the Colosseum.

The approach includes a 15ft ladder, if you are bringing lassie, plan on lowering it down.

92 Total Routes

['4 Stars',13],['3 Stars',39],['2 Stars',30],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Summersville Lake:
Hippie Dreams   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Sport, 90'   Orange Oswald Wall
Unnamed Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Orange Oswald Wall
Chunko Goes Bowling   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 90'   Orange Oswald Wall
Orange Oswald   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Orange Oswald Wall
She got the Bosch, I got Drilled   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 90'   Orange Oswald Wall
Strong Arming the Little Guy   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Orange Oswald Wall
Indian Summer   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 50'   Pirate's Cove
Baby Has a Bolt Gun   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Orange Oswald Wall
Barfing Butterflies   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Orange Oswald Wall
Maximum Overdrive   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Long Wall
Mutiny   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Pirate's Cove
Satisfaction Guaranteed   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   The Satisfaction Wall
Under the Milky Way   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   The Long Wall
Reckless Abandon   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Coliseum
Narcissus   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Narcissus Cave
Ly'n and Stealin'   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Circus Wall
Apollo Reed   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Coliseum
The Mercy Seat   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Coliseum
Pod   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Coliseum
BC   5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Coliseum
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