Adventuring in New River Gorge, the newest US national park
JUNE 16, 2021
In the late afternoon, after a physically hard day of building trails, a group of shirtless young guys take turns belaying each other as they scramble up a huge rockface. These climbing-lovers are answering the call of southern West Virginia’s Nuttall sandstone. Named for early coal developer John Nuttall, its 98% quartz composition means it’s one of the hardest sandstones you can find. This is the best sandstone on earth,” says rock climbing guide Paul Nelson, who moved here from Utah.