Monday Morning Local Crags: Old Rag Mountain, VA

Monday morning local crags is an ongoing feature that we’ll be posting on Mondays. Mainly we want to make you nostalgic for the weekend and see if any of you climbing fiends have some insider info on specific routes or special spots where you love to go climbing.

After a fairly long hiatus due to the holiday season, Monday Morning Local Crags is back today! This week we’ll be focusing on Old Rag Mountain in Virginia. Old Rag is an incredibly accessible crag for people in our area, but it also boast some solid climbs as well.

The large granite exposures offer climbers an experience similar to that provided by the granite rocks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite, North Carolina, and New Hampshire, a unique experience in the mid-Atlantic. It boasts splitter cracks, dihedrals, and crystal pinching slabs.

The climbs range between 50 and 100 feet in length, and range in difficulty from 5.4- to 5.12.

In addition to the normal trad climbing available at Old Rag, the unique feature and hallmark of Old Rag Mountain are the large amount of summit boulders at the top. This is a very popular spot for boulderers to gather and test out their skills after summitting the mountain.

Do you have any secret spots at Old Rag that are maybe a little bit off the beaten path!?! We’d love to hear about them.

Happy Monday!


Old Rag Granite Formation