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Location: NC : Ship Rock : Main Tier : Tiny Dancer (5.11b)
By: Brian Abram When: Jun 30, 2016

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Comments: A DMM Brass Offset #5 can be placed from the ground (height dependent) to protect the crux start well. V2/3 getting off the ground? Two more distinct cruxes above with rests before and after make this one really reasonable.

Location: NC : Rumbling Bald : Cereal Buttress : Granola (5.8+)
By: Brian Abram When: Jun 21, 2016

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Comments: There's gear to be placed on the traverse to make the start relatively safe, but know this section has seen its share of very serious accidents, including a broken back. NC doesn't like to award the grades of 5.7 or 5.9 very often for whatever reason. Many routes get the infamously diverse 5.8+ when 5.9 is more appropriate.

Location: NC : Black Mountain Range Alpine... : Left Wishbone (Spring/Summe... (4th)
By: Brian Abram When: Apr 21, 2016

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Comments: Lolz. Hopefully folks will be able to find everything up here more easily now

Location: NC : Linville Gorge : Amphitheater : The Open Book (5.11b)
By: Brian Abram When: Aug 9, 2015

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Comments: The access ramp is about 100 feet of 5.4 rotten rock. The first belay should be set about 10 feet below the roof at a nice stance with decent gear. The rest of the climb can be done as one or two pitches. I have done it both ways and highly recommend doing it as one pitch. The belay halfway up is either an uncomfortable stance on route or a traverse out right onto a decent ledge. Traversing into the ledge is fine, but I swear that getting back on route from out there is more insecure than any ot... more >>

Location: NC : Black Mountain Range Alpine... : Y Gully (WI3)
By: Brian Abram When: Feb 10, 2015

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Comments: This route is mostly rock hopping up the drainage until you hit 5k. From 5k to 6k is really nice, with a short section of WI3++ when we did it.

Rock Climbing Photo: y gully
y gully

Location: NC : Looking Glass Rock : Sun Wall : Nick Danger (5.10)
By: Brian Abram When: Oct 22, 2012

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Comments: I followed this route several years ago and remember that getting to the first pin is scary and hard. I fell following it BEFORE I got to the pin. I got an email about the route today and thought it might be worth putting up here. This isn't my comment, but the opinion of a partner. If the Selected guidebook didn't say "the only danger on this gem is having too much fun," I would not post it. That statement is a bullcrap, dangerous thing to be misinterpreted in a guidebook. As for the accuracy o... more >>

Location: NC : Looking Glass Rock : Sun Wall : The Odyssey (5.11-)
By: Brian Abram When: Apr 14, 2012

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Comments: Agree that starting below Legendary and climbing straight up to the bulge before traversing made for a well protected start. The 4th pitch had the worst gear of the route, but was still reasonable. Had a single rack of nuts and doubles of C3 #0 to a #3 C4 Camalot. A #4 could have been used, but is definitely not critical with plenty of options for #2s and #3s if you wanna leave the #4 on the ground. There are a few traverses, so bring slings.

Location: NC : Rumbling Bald : Cereal Buttress : Aunt Jemima (5.11)
By: Brian Abram When: Oct 18, 2011

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Comments: This line was for sure led prior to 2009. I led it in Spring 2007, placing gear in that flake, and I don't believe there's any way I was the first.

Location: NC : Looking Glass Rock : Sun Wall : Nick Danger (5.10) : Photo
By: Brian Abram When: Feb 2, 2009

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Comments: I only now noticed these photos...gonna have to let Scott see em

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