True Grit: Coopers Rock Climbing Guide

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By Rick Thompson

Welcome to True Grit, the long-awaited rock climbers’ guide to Coopers Rock State Forest in northern West Virginia. Sharp End Publishing has worked with longtime climbing activist Rick Thompson, whose history at Coopers Rock goes back to 1976, to produce this impressive tome of roped rock climbs. This edition features over 400 routes scattered through a remarkable forest setting strewn with sandstone boulders and crags. This is the preeminent guide to Coopers Rock and reveals the personality of the routes through artistic, entertaining route descriptions, detailed maps, long-overlooked historical first-ascent information, and action shots galore.

This guide includes areas: 

  • Roadside Rocks
  • Haystack Area 
  • The Overlook Area
  • Rock City
  • Rattlesnake Point
  • Junction Block
  • Raven Rocks
  • Green Acres
  • Roof Rocks
  • Birch Hollow
  • Johnson Hollow

This is the most complete guide ever published for Coopers Rock and will lead you to countless, incredible days of rock climbing in this magical sandstone paradise.

True Grit: Cooper's Rock Climbing Guide includes a free 2-year subscription to the digital edition (you will receive a link and a license within 48 hours). More details here.

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  • 5

    Posted by Paul Harmon on 16th Dec 2022

    Very well done, Clearly written, and easy to navigate.