Old Rag (Reflector Oven)
December 10 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
**This event is not for novice climbers.**
From MP: Old Rag is the traditional climbing crown of Virginia. For those willing to brave the somewhat lengthy approach with a full rack and rope, gorgeous single pitch, Joshua Tree-esque granite awaits you. Classic splitters, corners and faces on very old and bomber rock define this area. Choose wisely, because an injury here requiring a rescue is quite an involved and arduous procedure.
Bring food and water for the day. The hike in is ~3 miles and 1,800-foot of vertical gain, with some scrambling. We will be climbing at the Reflector Oven (https://www.mountainproject.com/area/105898323/reflector-oven). This crag is home to arguably the “best” climb in Virginia–“Strawberry Fields”–and several other moderate (and harder climbs), beginning at 5.6. The climbing is mainly on cracks and solid granite with lots of friction. The climbs are very well protected and anchors are established at the top of the climbs.
We will meet at the Centreville Park and Ride at 7:00am to carpool to Old Rag. There is an entrance fee of $30 per person to get into the park, unless you have a qualifying pass (e.g., Annual “America the Beautiful” Pass). This trip is application only and will be capped at 8 climbers. You can fill out the application here.
Please note that this is not a guided event and none of our trip leaders are professional guides. You will be climbing on ropes set up by members of the club who are hobby climbers and not professionals. Climbing is an inherently dangerous sport and you do so at your own risk. You are responsible for yourself and your own safety at all times.