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West Virginia – New River Gorge

New River Gorge, West Virginia

The New River Gorge is a beautiful area, a deep river gorge lined with bullet sandstone cliffs. The majority of the climbs are 1 pitch trad climbs, but some areas are dominated by sport climbs. Approaches can be tricky, seems like every time we’ve gone to anyplace but the Bridge Area or Junkyard Wall, we’ve gotten lost.

My first trip to the New River Gorge was a 1 day stop en-route to a gathering in West Virginia in the late 1980s or early 1990s. We weren’t prepared, and didn’t know what to expect. I led a 5.4 in the Bridge Area in an offwidth too wide to fit any of my gear. It was damp and we weren’t impressed.

I went back in 2001 with a couple of friends and we had a great time, mostly doing sport climbs in the Bridge Area, Kaymoor, and Summersville Lake. I went back again a few times with friends, and trips with kids over Memorial Day weekends, mixing in some more trad routes.

In 2011 during Spring Break, we had a family climbing group trip to NRG with multiple climbing kids and their parents. I had my 2 young teen daughters, there were 2 more young teens from our usual posse, and 4 10 year old boys. It was fun climbing together, the kids giggling away in their own big tent, and the parents getting excited about how well the kids climbed.

New River Gorge

New River Gorge – West Virginia

Dates Crag Climbs Partners

April 22, 2011
Rest Day Visitor Center, games and climbing clinics Spring Break Family Climbing Trip: my 2 kids, Tabo & Alex, Patty & Evan, Thomas & Sage, Marcy & Sam, Scott & Isaac

April 21, 2011
Summersville Lake – Orange Oswald area Hippie Dreams, Fabulous Groupies, Orange Oswald, She Got the Bosch I Got Drilled, Chunko Goes Bowling Spring Break Family Climbing Trip: my 2 kids, Tabo & Alex, Patty & Evan, Thomas & Sage, Marcy & Sam, Scott & Isaac

April 20, 2011
Bubba City, The Beer Wall Doo-Wah Woof, Near Beer, Gilded Otter, St. Pauli Girl, Bubbaweiser. Spring Break Family Climbing Trip: my kids, Tabo & Alex, Patty & Evan, Thomas & Sage, Marcy & Sam, Scott & Isaac

April 19, 2011
Bridge Area The Layback, Zag, Angel’s Arete Spring Break Family Climbing Trip: my kids, Tabo & Alex, Patty & Evan

Sat, Sept 15, 2001
Kaymoor Flight of the Gumby (5.9), Springer (5.10a), Hardcore Female Thrash (5.11c),
Squirrely Adventure (5.10a)
Ethan and Cheryl (Bad Kitty)

Sun, Sept 16, 2001
Summersville Lake Scoot Your Muffin (5.10b), “She Got the Bosch, I Got Drilled” (5.10a),
Barfing Butterflies (5.11a/b), Baby Has a Bolt Gun (5.10c)
Ethan and Cheryl (Bad Kitty)

Mon, Sept 17, 2001
Bridge Area Angel’s Arete (5.10a) Ethan and Cheryl (Bad Kitty)
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