Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs Rock Climbing
Celo Photo courtesy of Brandon Calloway
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.
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
8 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs:
WI3 Mod. Snow Trad, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 10 pitches, 2000'
WI2-3 Mod. Snow Trad, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 5 pitches, 1500'
Featured Route For Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs
Browns Creek Falls
: Black Mountain Range Alpine...
Ascend the initial steep section and about 150 of grade II to the 100 tiered pillars. Ascend this and polish the route off with a few lower angle pitches (probably best to rap after the steep pitch). Walk and rap the route.[Second Pitch Variation (WI 4): Occasionally a 30 foot free hanging sickle forms up and just left of the tiered pillars. Mix it up behind the pillar, pass a fixed pin/gear placements, mount the ice and crank to the top.]...[more] Browse More Classics in NC
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|Comments on Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs
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.