BETA

Climbing - - THE CLIMB THE PLACE -

WHEN/ SEA­SON: Late Oc­to­ber through early May.

WHERE: Shenandoah Na­tional Park, Sper­ryville, Vir­ginia. From Sper­ryville, drive to the Old Rag Moun­tain trail­heads. Berry Hol­low park­ing area pro­vides the best ap­proach to most of the crags.

CAMP­ING: Back­coun­try camp­ing is per­mit­ted be­low 2,800 feet with a per­mit. Other camp­grounds ex­ist within Shenandoah Na­tional Park and in the sur­round­ing coun­try­side.

CLAS­SICS: Chasm Crack (5.8), Straw­berry Fields (5.9+), Oh My God Di­he­dral (5.10c), Bush­whack Crack (5.10c), Sun­set Crack (5.11a), Gone Fishing (5.11d), The The (5.13b).

RACK BETA: Dou­bles to wide hands, a sin­gle fist-sized cam, and a set of nuts are suf­fi­cient for most routes. If you want to get funky and wide, bring dou­bles to no. 6.

RE­SOURCES: Rock Climb­ing: Vir­ginia, West Vir­ginia, and Mary­land (Fal­con, 2001) by Eric Horst of­fers the best beta. There are no known guide ser­vices.

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