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Location: NC : Cedar Rock : Cedar Rock - North : Un Named (5.10+)
By: nbrown When: 5 hours ago

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Comments: Fun route that deserves some traffic! Will definitely do this one again. Good, well featured climbing on mostly big holds.


Location: South Carolina : Table Rock : Watergroove Wall : Dry Line (5.9 PG13)
By: nbrown When: Apr 6, 2014

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Comments: Tyler, despite the bolts, these routes are about as trad as it gets -- they are all pretty serious ground-up affairs that should be approached with caution (ie, not sport routes). The bolts tend to be well-spaced at Table Rock. Don't let that dissuade you though, the routes at TR are worth the effort.


Location: NC : Pickens Nose
By: nbrown When: Apr 1, 2014

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Comments: Thanks Mark for the link. The FS tends to not do very well with updating their info around here -- which was the main reason I was wondering. Thanks again.


Location: NC : Rumbling Bald : Cereal Wall : Mettle Detector (5.10 PG13)
By: nbrown When: Apr 1, 2014

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Comments: Damn people. Gonna have to start bolting those things down....


Location: NC : Looking Glass Rock : Hidden Wall
By: nbrown When: Mar 29, 2014

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Comments: The trail fairy recently came here and straightened out and flattened out the path to this wall. It takes maybe a minute or two to get to from the NF proper and is well worth a walk over. There are a few worthwhile cracks here too that would combine nicely with the NF circuit.


Location: NC : Cedar Rock : Cedar Rock - North
By: nbrown When: Mar 18, 2014

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Comments: The hike in to the north face just got a whole lot easier due to some much-needed trail re-working. This wall gets a lot of afternoon sun this time of year, so go get you some!


Location: NC : Linville Gorge : Shortoff Mountain : Built to Tilt (5.10a) : Photo
By: nbrown When: Mar 12, 2014

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Comments: Classic shot of a classic route! Gotta love this place.


Location: NC : Linville Gorge : Shortoff Mountain : Supercrack (5.11d)
By: nbrown When: Mar 11, 2014

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Comments: Cleaned up the ridiculous amount of tat at the top of pitch 1 today and left 2 bomber stainless cabled hex-like chocks instead. Much safer and much less of a visual impact.


Location: NC : Laurel Knob : The Funky Chicken (5.11-)
By: nbrown When: Mar 7, 2014

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Comments: Stephen,

Glad you guys enjoyed this route. It's one of my all time favorites. Kinda reminds me of Shortoff on the second pitch.


Location: NC : Linville Gorge : Photo
By: nbrown When: Feb 28, 2014

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Comments: John, I think it was around 10 years ago or less. I've seen a bunch of other bolt hangers around the state in a similar state.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Split Rocks : Rubicon Formation : Rubicon (5.10c) : Photo
By: nbrown When: Feb 23, 2014

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Comments: The classic "butt boost"...


Location: NC : Rocky Face Recreational Are... : Hidden-mite (5.11b)
By: nbrown When: Feb 18, 2014

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Comments: I thought the finish was more obvious and aesthetic just to the left, on the cool side pulls in the black rock.


Location: NC : Rumbling Bald : Hanging Chain : Zealot Shout - 1st pitch (5.11c)
By: nbrown When: Feb 15, 2014

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Comments: Just left a couple stainless cable hexes today -- they're bomber (plus I doubt the vermin will chew through these).


Location: NC : Laurel Knob : Central Pillar of Laurel (5.10) : Photo
By: nbrown When: Feb 10, 2014

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Comments: Mark, I should probably clarify:

The left line is a continuation of the dike route (listed as unfinished project in the guide) between Stemming Laurel and Central Pillar. It's complete (and good) and I will try to document it on here soon.

The right line has been finished and is called Central Pillar Direct Finish. I originally removed the hangers on it thinking it wasn't very good (and I climbed the left line instead), but as it turns out, it wasn't as awkward as I'd originally thought. Plus... more >>


Location: NC : Rumbling Bald : Left Field : Photo
By: nbrown When: Feb 6, 2014

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Comments: Jeff,
If it's the route left of Spring Training, then it's a route of mine that I think we we were calling Fly Ball. Great exposure and position, and not bad climbing either (hard 11), but the rock definitely leaves much to be desired. I usually don't bother to post up anything on here that I'm unlikely to go climb again myself.
Fly Ball
Fly Ball



Location: NC : Rumbling Bald : Hanging Chain : Big Corner (5.10c PG13)
By: nbrown When: Feb 6, 2014

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Comments: Jeff,
I think you're talking about the routes "Lessons Learned" and "Talk This Way". There is also an obscure all gear route between these and "Big Corner", but I don't know much more than that about it.


Location: NC : Rumbling Bald : Screamweaver Area : Golden Blend (5.12a PG13)
By: nbrown When: Jan 28, 2014

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Comments: Interesting that Diab says the anchor is not original. I always thought it was in a bad place anyway, swing wise, for either leading or following. With the newish anchor above Screamweaver (at the tree) being the best option, maybe the removal of this one should be considered.


Location: NC : Pickens Nose
By: nbrown When: Jan 19, 2014

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Comments: Does anyone know if this place in accessible right now? I've heard something about the road being gated at times; is that for the winter? And if so, where exactly is the gate? Thanks for any info.


Location: South Carolina : Table Rock
By: nbrown When: Jan 12, 2014

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Comments: Thanks for adding this section Tom. This is one bada$$ piece o rock.


Location: NC : Photo
By: nbrown When: Jan 12, 2014

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Comments: Jeff, it is a fun crag - - one that has a reputation for chossy rock. Actually most routes are quite good and unique to this area.


Location: NC : Rumbling Bald : Hanging Chain
By: nbrown When: Dec 29, 2013

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Comments: Did a little trail re-routing at the start of the steep uphill last week - it was pretty bad (and getting worse), hopefully that'll help some.


Location: NC : Rumbling Bald : Left Field : Who's on First (5.11a)
By: nbrown When: Dec 24, 2013

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Comments: T, thanks for cleaning that nut anchor off the route.

This line was originally Mike and Tim's idea, and they had already done the first pitch when I joined in. I helped out with some of the second pitch and belayed on the 3rd (which I thought was by far the best). Later on we cleaned up the 2nd pitch some more in hopes that it would help, which I guess it did. Glad it's getting some traffic - I honestly thought no one would ever walk that far to climb it.


Location: NC : Laurel Knob : Dillard Arete (5.12b) : Photo
By: nbrown When: Dec 23, 2013

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Comments: For extra clarity, the (not recommended) alternate start shown here is 'clippidy doodah' and is a recommended line of its own.


Location: NC : Cedar Rock : Cedar Rock - Main Wall : New Creature (5.11b/c) : Comment : Photo
By: nbrown When: Dec 16, 2013

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Comments: Yep! That was probably one of the last lines at Cedar that hadn't been upgraded.


Location: NC : Cathey's Creek Crag
By: nbrown When: Dec 12, 2013

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Comments: mountainproject.com/v/dry-tooling-at-the-sport-park/10603734>>>

A relevant topic to this area which is apparently now being used for drytooling practice. I know the place has more than its fair share of choss, but there are a few worthwhile routes that deserve not to be ruined by this practice. I ask that those considering this to at least have enough imagination to create their own tool-friendly routes, and not destroy other people's hard work. Show some respect please!


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