Nelson County offers amazing opportunities and locations for climbing. There are many respected and experienced rock climbing guides and outfitters who can literally show you the ropes of outdoor climbing.
BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN GUIDES
Blue Ridge Mountain Guides provides customized rock and ice climbing trips and guiding for all abilities. Virginia has prime rock climbing nestled into the Blue Ridge Mountains! Within minutes of Wintergreen Ski Resort, cliffs range from 30-300’ tall with a variety of climbing styles. The Blue Ridge Parkway has both rock and ice climbs with low angle slabs, which are perfect for beginners, and vertical to overhung walls suited for advanced climbers looking to push their abilities. These areas are ideal for first time climbers, instructional courses, experiencing VA climbing, and preparing for big objectives.
OWLS Adventure Learning Center
The OWLS Adventure Learning Center located in Virginia specializes in resort-based adventure activities. Hand-picked certified instructors will help you get to the next level whether you are a beginner, a seasoned veteran, or any skill level in-between. We offer the highest quality instruction for rock climbing, ice climbing, caving, kayaking, mountain biking, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, backpacking, and mountaineering. Operating programs from Wintergreen Resort with transportation available.
PINNACLE RIDGE ROCK CLIMBING
Pinnacle Ridge is located in the Priest Wilderness Area of the George Washington-Jefferson National Forest in Nelson County, Virginia. Just east of Crabtree Falls, it has fantastic views of the Priest, Three Ridges, and the valley below. Pinnacle has large granite slabs, numerous boulders, and challenging routes. Bouldering and traditional climbing using removable gear is allowed, but use of bolts or pitons is not.
Blackrock Park contains a large number of climbing crags, and has several weeks’ worth of different routes. This rock was created millions of years ago and is known as the Pedlar Formations. Not all the routes are directly off the trail, but some bush-whacking and treading without a trail is required to access different pitches, such as the East Walls. Blackrock Park is located in Wintergreen Resort in the Appalachian Mountains on its’ private land.