Shenandoah National Park, VA
Even better than driving Skyline Drive or hiking within Shenandoah is to take in the National Park's Views cliffside while rock climbing! Blue Ridge Mountain Guides offers climbing and rappelling at two major climbing areas within the park- Little Stony Man Cliff near Skyland and on Old Rag Mountain.
Skyline Drive - Stony Man Cliff
Difficulty: Beginner- Expert
Approach: 20mins walking
Climbing Types: Top Rope and Trad
Length: 30-120’ 1 Pitch
Meeting Location: Skyland Parking Area
Climbing at Little Stony Man cliff is excellent for all experience levels and is great for a your first time climbing outdoors, routes up to 5.10, or for learning how to build top rope anchors, crack climb, or trad lead.
Old Rag Mountain
Approach: 60-90 mins
Climbing Types: Top Rope, Trad, Multi-pitch
Length: 30-200’ 1-2 pitches
Meeting Location: Berry Hollow Parking Area
Rock climbing on Old Rag Mountain is an "alpine style" objective. The approach to the climbing area is 2.7 mile uphill gaining 1,760' of elevation and usually takes ~1.5 hours. Once atop the mtn you are rewarded with exquisite mountain top views and granite climbing. Old Rag Mountain is a high exertion day and best suited for experienced climbers. On the mountain, routes are 5.6 and above with most climbs being 5.7-5.10c.
To ensure you are ready for climbing on Old Rag:
- Be able to comfortably run or hike 6 miles and experience little fatigue.
- Be able to climb 5.7 or above crack climbs outdoors.
- Have experience lead belaying, removing trad gear, and following single pitch or multi-pitch routes.
If your are uncertain if you are prepared for climbing on Old Rag, we are happy to discuss your climbing experience and the objective.