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Areas = 15
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Location: NC : Rumbling Bald : Cereal Wall
By: Brian Abram When: Sep 7, 2016

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Comments: Watch for rockfall in this area, especially near the backside of Cereal Buttress near Instant Surreal. There have been big microwave sized rocks that have come down near climbers.


Location: NC : Black Mountain Range Alpine...
By: Brian Abram When: Aug 10, 2016

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Comments: Robert,

Left Wishbone is for sure the most skiable, at least from the base of the obvious upper rock slab that I've never seen deep enough to be worth doing. Crescent sucks for skiing. Here is a pic of Crescent with skis:

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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 Rock ... (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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