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Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs

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Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs 


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Location: 35.7946, -82.24703 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Stephen Scoff on Dec 25, 2013
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Celo Knob alpine routes

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 thousands of feet of everything from steep snow to technical ice.
The remote and committing nature of these routes require 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 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.


3 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs:
Left Wishbone   WI3-     Trad, Ice, Alpine, 4 pitches, 2000'   
Crescent    WI2-3 Mod. Snow     Trad, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 5 pitches, 1500'   
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Featured Route For Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs
Feb 2013 Conditions

Crescent WI2-3 Mod. Snow  NC : Black Mountain Range Alpine...
By far the best of Celo routes. Ascend the large left facing corner to the more obvious ice. Climb, scramble and occasionally walk to the end of the slide. Pick up the sawed trail (re-cut as of 12/2012) at its very end and head to the top. Descend the Woody Ridge Trail (be sure to follow the WR trail across the rock step near the top)....[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.