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Trestles for Climbing
One of the more unique areas of the JRPS is the Manchester Climbing Wall. Although most climbers would not consider it a destination, for many it is the nearest outdoor climbing venue and an invaluable training tool. This climbing area, under the Manchester Bridge in downtown Richmond, is a series of abandoned train trestles that have been equipped with bolts and shutts. Here climbers can hone their skills of leading, both trad and sport, rappelling, and self-rescue. Local climber Michael Greeby has produced a guide to climbing the Manchester Wall and pillars. Download the Guide.
Climbers and non-climbers alike will enjoy a visit to this uncommon section of the JRPS.
If you’re going, there’s a parking lot accessible from the streets off 7th St., take Semmes to the Floodwall parking lot, just before the entrance onto the Manchester Bridge going north and follow the path down near the railroad tracks.
Other South of the River Locations
Parking: Under the southern end of the Manchester Bridge, 15 parking spaces in lot between Semmes Ave. and 7th Street, also street parking along 7th Street.
Hours: Sunrise to sunset
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