Boardwalk is a classic 5.8, one of the best routes of its grade in the High Country.
Basically, wander up lower-angle terrain on huge horizontals to a prominent rail that angles up and right towards the arete. Follow this rail to a vertical crack. Continue up and trend left to a corner with a bush at the base. Either belay near this bush or continue up (the route is easily done in one pitch). Climb the corner and trend towards the obvious weakness in the roof above (crux). Above the roof, horizontals lead to the top.
The route is located almost in the dead center of the main tier. Look for a large dead tree and a trampled, sandy area and try to spot rap rings, maybe 50 feet up.
To descend, either 1) make a double-rope rappel off the rings at the top, 2) do two single-rope rappels, or 3) do a single-rope rap from the top and downclimb easy fifth-class terrain to the bottom.
The pro is excellent in horizontals and some vertical crack features. It takes a wide range of gear. Carry a single rack of stoppers and cams from the blue TCU to the #2 Camalot.
|By Jeff Mekolites|
From: HOTlanta, GA
Jun 28, 2010
Best done in one long pitch - take double aliens/tcu's and runners.
|By Mike Holley|
From: Boone, NC
Oct 4, 2011
Classic! The fun starts on the second pitch! If you want a more challenging go at it or just craving some aesthetics take the (5.9?) variation, pulling right at the roof towards the arete and KB Capers, its a little run out but well worth the sweat on your brow!
|By Cody Bradford|
From: Boone, NC
Jun 18, 2012
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c
My favorite climb in the High Country. Period.
Solid gear, stellar exposure, some crack climbing, a spicy slab traverse, roofs, and more!
On crowded days, please be mindful with the bolted anchors and do your best to keep them clear for other parties trying to rappel. The clifftop will remain closed and the Boardwalk anchors are the most accessible rap stations. Cheers!
|By Robert Hutchins|
Oct 16, 2013
Agree with Mike that arÍte finish is very aesthetic and more exposed. Probably still only 5.8, but probably good to be 5.9 climber because of the seriousness of the run-out.