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Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Browns Creek Falls T 
Crescent  T 
Left Brain Right Brain T 
Left Wishbone T 
Left Wishbone (Spring Rock Scramble) T 
Potato Hill Direct 
Royal Air T 
Taj (Left and Right Variations), The T 
Y Gully  T 
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From MP's sister site: MTB Project

Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs Rock Climbing 


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Location: 35.7946, -82.24703 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Ryan Williams, ShockSLL, Aaron James Parlier, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Stephen Scoff on Dec 25, 2013
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Celo Photo courtesy of Brandon Calloway

Description 

North Carolina's Black Mountain Range probably holds the best alpine snow and ice routes in the Southeast. These routes are huge with 6K+ elevation change, 1 to 4 hour approaches (and descents), humbling bushwhacking, and hundreds to a thousand plus plus of feet of everything from steep snow to technical ice.
The remote and committing nature of these routes require a pre dawn start, map, compass, and/or GPS and the knowledge to use them (i.e., waypoint your vehicle).


An accident up there would require a helicopter short haul and more than one party had to call the Yancy County Sheriff's Department for assistance...

Please give these routes and the range the respect they deserve.

Getting There 

Trailheads and bushwhacking starting points are located off of roads accessed via highway 80 South of Micaville. See routes for specific approaches.

Please refer to the South Toe River, Mount Mitchell, and Big Ivy Trail Map (Pisgah National Forest).

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 2.8 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',1],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs:
Browns Creek Falls   WI4     Trad, Ice, Alpine, 3 pitches, 800'   
Y Gully    WI3     Trad, Ice, Alpine, 10 pitches, 2000'   
Left Wishbone   WI3-     Trad, Ice, Alpine, 4 pitches, 2000'   
Crescent    WI2-3     Trad, Ice, Alpine, 5 pitches, 1500'   
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Featured Route For Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs
Rock Climbing Photo: Good conditions on the Left Wishbone. Jan. 2014.

Left Wishbone WI3-  NC : Black Mountain Range Alpine...
20 minutes North of Crescent and Brown Creek Falls is a major drainage system. Scramble up the FIRST big drainage for about 15 minutes,through a massive pile of downfall, to the start of the ice (wide slab with a huge boulder up on the right). Walk, scramble and climb to the cool buttress where the Wishbones meet. Once at the buttress continue up, hugging the right side of the slide for a couple hundred more feet. Start looking a short (6' tall) slab on the right side to exit the slide. Walk do...[more]   Browse More Classics in NC

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By Stephen Scoff
From: Columbia, South Carolina
Dec 25, 2013
More routes to follow....
By george wilkey
From: travelers rest sc
Dec 25, 2013
this is great stuff Stephen. really appreciate you adding this to MP.
By Robert Hoffman
Aug 6, 2016
If someone had to provide guidance for most skiable slide - which would it be?
By Brian Abram
From: Celo, NC
Aug 10, 2016
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:

instagram.com/p/BBE_YZWLgH9/

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