Photo: Julie Ellison. It was barely 6 p. Part of my inquiry revolved around finding the motivation to keep stumbling to the gym to follow a cobbled-together training regimen. We both wanted some fun in the sun—nothing big, nothing too adventurous, just a climbing trip that would remind us how much fun this sport is. Ever since a story on Virgin Gorda appeared in the now-defunct Urban Climber in , I had been eyeing this magical island that was home to a somewhat improbable scenario of humongous egg-shaped granodiorite boulders similar to granite dropped onto the pillow-soft white sands of the British Virgin Islands. In this place, I could satisfy my hyperactive rock climber self at the same time as my inner fruity drink—sipping beach bum.
British Virgin Islands, Virgin Gorda, The Baths, boulders on beach - stock photo
British Virgin Islands Virgin Gorda The Baths Boulders On Beach Stock Photo - Getty Images
Virgin Gorda is the third largest island in the British Virgin Islands, and it happens to be home to hundreds of big, beautiful granite boulders. A climber's dream come true really. The quality of climbing is fantastic, and the location is unreal. If you're looking to combine a climbing trip and a relaxing beach vacation, this is truly the best of both worlds. When Michael and my friend Marc told me about a trip they were taking to an island called Virgin Gorda for a week of chilling and rock climbing, I was quick to jump on board. After scheduling the flights and ferry detailed above for the trip, everything else was pretty straight forward. From Tortola, we began our vacation.
The Baths is situated about 1. The Baths is an area of unique geologic formations and one of the BVI's major tourist destinations. Although volcanism accounts for much of the Virgin Islands, The Baths was formed by granite that eroded into piles of boulders on the beach.
Buy the bouldering guidebook for the Virgin Islands from our shop. However it is Virgin Gorda Island that is of interest to the rock climber as there are many granite boulders across the island to boulder on. Virgin Gorda is located to the western edge of the Virgin Islands and is a great holiday place to go bouldering, snorkelling and scuba diving — a truly multi-adventure holiday. The main bouldering area is located at the southern end of the island, known as Baths National Park, which is about a mile from the Spanish Town. This area is littered with granite boulders of all shapes and sizes, and all the best bouldering is either on the beach or in forests just behind the beach.