What we're about

This group is primarily geared toward folks with limited or no climbing experience although some of the routes can challenge those with experience. Always wanted to rock climb or rappel but never had the chance? Well now you do! I have all the gear required. We typically meet at Raven's Roost near Humpback rock on the Skyline Drive. No hike is involved. However, there is a short but steep scramble from the bottom of the cliff back to the top. For climbing, we'll be top roping which means all climbers will be tied into a harness with a rope anchor at the top and a belayer below protecting the climber from a fall - the safest type of rock climbing. As would be expected with this type of activity, a liability waiver is mandatory.

If you are interested in more advanced techniques and skills associated with climbing, I definitely recommend Blue Ridge Mountain Guides who can be reached at the website below.

https://www.blueridgemtnguides.com/

Upcoming events (3)

Let's Rock Climb!!

Raven's Roost Overlook - Blue Ridge Parkway

This meetup will be climbing only, no rappelling. First time climbers are welcome. No experience needed. I have all the gear required. Depending on the group size, I reserve the right to push first timers onto the attending list and put climbers that go often onto the waitlist. This is simply to give as many people as possible exposure to the sport. No hike is involved. We park right next to the climbing spot. However, there is a short but steep scramble from the bottom of the cliff back to the top. If the meetup is full, a waitlist is available. Don't be discouraged, people often cancel close to the date which allows people from the waitlist to move up. Location will be at the Raven's Roost overlook located between mile markers 10 and 11 on the Blueridge Parkway a few miles past Humpback Rocks on the right. Be careful in following your phone or GPS directions as they often INCORRECTLY take people down Rt. 151 to Wintergreen. Get off of I-64 at Exit 99 (top of Afton Mountain) and go South on the Blueridge Parkway about 10.5 miles to the Raven's Roost overlook. For climbing, we'll be top roping which means all climbers will be tied in with a rope and harness with a belayer below protecting the climber. Bring water & lunch as well as comfortable clothes that allow easy movement that is appropriate for the temperature. Note - it's almost always cooler and windier at the climbing location than where you're coming from so bring a light jacket, even in the summer. If anyone would like to carpool, please post your interest in the comments and coordinate directly with others that are going. As would be expected with this type of activity, a liability waiver is required for all attendees prior to participating and everyone is participating understanding the inherent risks involved in this activity. Not uncommon to congregate for an adult beverage and a bite afterward at Blue Mountain brewery, Pro Ra Nata brewery or Devil's Backbone!!

Let's Rappel!!

Raven's Roost Overlook - Blue Ridge Parkway

This meetup will be rappelling only, no climbing. First time rappellers welcome. No experience needed. I have all the gear required. No hike is involved. We park right next to the rappelling spot. However, there is a short but steep scramble from the bottom of the cliff back to the top. If the meetup is full, a waitlist is available. Don't be discouraged, people often cancel close to the date to allow people from the waitlist to move up. Location will be at the Raven's Roost overlook located between mile markers 10 and 11 on the Blueridge Parkway a few miles past Humpback Rocks on the right. Be careful in following your phone or GPS directions as they often INCORRECTLY take people down Rt. 151 to Wintergreen. Get off of I-64 at Exit 99 (top of Afton Mountain) and go South on the Blueridge Parkway about 10.5 miles to the Raven's Roost overlook. Bring water & lunch as well as comfortable clothes that allow easy movement that is appropriate for the temperature. Note - it's almost always chillier and windier at the climbing location than where you're coming from. If anyone would like to carpool, please post your interest in the comments and coordinate directly with others that are going. As would be expected with this type of activity, a liability waiver is required for all attendees prior to participating and all participants accept the inherent risks associated with this event. Not uncommon to congregate for an adult beverage and a bite afterward at Pro Ra Nata, Devil's Backbone or Blue Mountain Brewery.

Social - Starry Nights At Veritas Winery - With The Legwarmers

Veritas Vineyards and Winery

I've done this before and always had a great time! Come out to the beautiful Veritas Winery for Starry Nights with the ultimate 80's tribute band, the Legwarmers! Bring your blanket or lawn chairs and finger foods for the group to share. No outside alcohol allowed but plenty of wine inside! $20/PP in advance at the website below or $25/PP at the door. https://shop.veritaswines.com/august-10th-2019-with-the-legwarmers-p225.aspx It will most likely be packed! Look for RED BALLOONS to find the group.

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Let's Rock Climb!!

Raven's Roost Overlook - Blue Ridge Parkway

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