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Submitted By: Aaron James Parlier on May 30, 2012
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Description 

This place is beautiful. It offers endless views, cool mornings and afternoons, a near constant breeze, and boulders to satisfy any taste. There are steep faces and slabs, lowballs and some of the highest concentration of thrilling highballs in the park.

This is also one of the furthest hikes in the park, taking around 30min to get to, but the views will occupy you time as you make the walk.

Once you get up to the Sunset Area, you will have the massive Sunset Boulder, the Lava Boulder, the Massie Boulder, and the Wilburn Waters Boulder to climb.

Plan to make visiting this area and the Horizon Area last all day, as you will likely end up staying there and enjoying the setting as much as the bouldering itself.


Getting There 

Hike up from the parking and get onto the Appalachian Trail headed Northbound toward the Horizon Area. Pass the Horizon Area which has the Horizon Boulder, the BSTRW, and the Highland Highball. Stay on the AT for maybe 5 min, passing several smaller boulders and exposed rocks. Look towards your left for a large protrusion of rock and on its backside is a huge overhung face which is the Sunset Boulder, and behind it are the Lava Boulder, Massie Boulder, and Wilburn Waters Boulder.


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Sam Stephens on the FA of "Braveheart" (V2) on the Sunset Boulder, Highlands Area

Braveheart V2 5+  VA : Grayson Highlands State Par... : ... : Sunset Boulder
Braveheart:This thing is terrifying, huge, and so so good... Once you move past the upper 1/3, you have to finish.Locate the large, prominent triangle/pyramid type feature on the front, massive face. there are two opposite ramps that make either side of the triangle/pyramid... this line climbs the left side ramp.Start low on the massive bucket jug at the left of the left facing ramp. scale up the left side via the crack system. The feet make the low crux as you work up the ramp.Reach the ...[more]   Browse More Classics in VA

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