Climbing Little Stony Man Cliffs, Shenandoah National Park

I recently attended my friends’ wedding in the D.C. area, but some other friends and I had a few days to burn beforehand. We decided to visit the Little Stony Man cliffs at Shenandoah National Park. We simply weren’t after beautiful vistas; we went there to rappel down and climb up the 100+ foot cliffs. The cliffs of Little Stony Man can be intimidating, but fears can become mitigated with proper training, experienced company, and redundant security ropes. We tied off ropes and webbing to trees and boulders in order to climb two different routes with difficulties ranging from around a 5.6 to 5.8. My friends, being more experienced than me, had few problems climbing the cliff.  I was able to make it  after some failures.

The view from the top is spectacular, as the entire Shenandoah Valley is presented before your eyes.

Little Stoney Man View

Little Stoney Man View

While we hiked up the trail to the summit in order to tie down, I suspect it is more rewarding to climb.

Halfway Up


Brian Belaying and Watching

Almost to the Ledge

At the Ledge

After I finally made it to the ledge, we switched routes at the top and rappel down.

Hanging from the Ledge

Rappelling Down

Watching Brian’s Final Rappel


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