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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Mcafee's Knob: bouldering on the AT

I'm now stationed in Lynchburg, Va and it didn't take me long to locate the nearest climbing area. About an hour west lies Mcafee's Knob, more popular for the hiking (Appalachian Trail) than climbing. But don't be confused, there is excellent climbing with even better views. From the parking lot you gain 1200 ft. of elevation over 3.25 miles to reach Mcafee's Knob (3197 ft.). Along the trail there are scattered bouldering areas, but the greatest concentration lies on top of the knob. On windy days, it is a great place to escape the summer heat. The pictures below were taken as I hiked the trail to the top.

View along the trail

Mickey Mouse Boulder

Notice the AT trail to the right of the boulder

To Z Top

Mcafee's Knob Overlook