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Bradley Falls has had a reputation of being dirty and poorly bolted, however it actually harbors a small series of well protected and exciting routes as well as some trad projects (for those daring enough). I would not recommend driving over two hours to get here, but if you are in the area it's a great place to check out!
Driving Directions and Approach
Off of I-26 take the Saluda Exit. Turn left off of the exit and drive 3 miles until you reach a pull-off parking lot on the left. At the parking lot continue down the obvious trail hugging the the left until you reach a stream. Cross the stream and continue up a hill. Once along the ridge line, veer off the trail at the second left. Hike a steep downhill until you reach a red rope. Climbing area is at the bottom of this trail. There are two sections; one by the falls, one further down stream. 25 min hike in.
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This is an interesting traversing line that is good for the area and actually requires some "trad" skill.Start on small ledge below the left end of the wall with a bolt 15' up. Climb through a techy crux section to jugs. Continue up, passing gear and a pin to steeper terrain that leads to a chimney/dihedral. Get a subtle #1 camelot (shallow horizontal) up and right before stepping out to bolt. Move out and around the flakes, then up and through the last bulge with a bolt to an anchor. Lowe...[more] Browse More Classics in NC
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