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Before the Settlers Arrive T 
Better late than never T 
Biopsy T 
Black Flag T 
Buried Treasure T 
Canyons of Laurel T 
Central Pillar Direct Finish T,S 
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Don't call me surely T 
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Friction Addiction T 
Frolictown T 
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Funky Chicken, The T 
Get it while it's hot T 
Gibbet , The T 
Girl friend route T 
Groover (Fischesser Finish) T 
Groover (Gaskin Finish) T 
Groovin' in the name of the Laurel T 
Have and Not Need T,S 
High & Dry T,S 
Hone Ranger T 
Hypocrite's Corner T 
Jokers to the right  T 
Keel Hauled T 
Laurel's Girdle T 
Legendary "F" Bomb, The T 
Manatee Fluid T 
Mechanical Bull T,S 
Mirage  T 
Mirage Direct Finish T 
Monster Groove Direct Start T,S 
Monster Groove Reject Start T 
Mutiny T 
Nana's Bananas T 
Nanna Gets Her Groove On T,S 
No Sir (?) T 
O.K. Corral T,S 
Oasis T 
Old Times' Sake T 
Permission Granite T 
Pirate's Cove T 
Pirate's cove Alt start T 
Pirate's Cove direct finish T 
Puff The Magic Dragon T 
Quantum Mechanic's Arete T,S 
Rejected Radar T 
Route Of The Living Dead T 
Seconds T 
Squirrely man T 
Steep in the Teacups of Laurel T,S 
Stegg, Roy Fathom ALT. T 
Stellar Sonar T 
Stemming Laurel T 
Stingray T 
Unfathomable T 
Use It Express T 
Use It Or Luge It T,S 
Use it or Luge it Direct Start T 
Walkin' Da Plank T 
Wild Turkeys T 
Wild Wild West  T,S 
Wormhole T 

Central Pillar of Laurel 

YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 5 pitches, 500'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Jerry Clawges, Mike Fischesser, 1990
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Submitted By: Jeff Mekolites on Apr 6, 2009

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Mary smearing her way through P3's crux.


Central Pillar is a great option if you arrive at LK and find lots of the routes wet. The first three pitches go at 5.9 and can easily be rapped. The third pitch is amazing.

P1: Climb the short corner to a horizontal that leads right to a sweet finger crack. Follow the crack until it ends then slab up past two bolts to a bolted belay. 5.8, 150 feet
P2: Step left to a crack and mantel up on a sloping wide ramp that leads right to another crack. Continue up past two bolts to another bolted belay. 5.9, 150 feet
P3: Locate the amazing quartz dike that snakes its way up from the left. Climb up to the dike on the right, then left, passing three bolts to a big comfy ledge and bolted belay. 5.9, 120 feet
P4: Traverse right to the big water groove, climb up past one bolt to a bulge, step right and belay. 5.10, 80 feet
P5: Finish on Wild Turkey, 5.10+ or traverse right to the bolted anchors on pitch 5 of Seconds.


Central Pillar is located just left and uphill of Seconds. Look for the short arching crack near the base of a tree.


Double ropes, singes to 2".

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Mary riding the snaking dike on the 3rd pitch.
Mary riding the snaking dike on the 3rd pitch.
Mary finishing the last pitch.
Mary finishing the last pitch.
Paul and Jody surfing up P3 on a breezy Summer day.
Paul and Jody surfing up P3 on a breezy Summer day...
Pitch three, Central Pillar, LK, NC.
Pitch three, Central Pillar, LK, NC.
Paul Casting off on P2.
Paul Casting off on P2.
Paul smooth sailing high on P2.
Paul smooth sailing high on P2.
High on P3. Thanks to Paul for the photo.
High on P3. Thanks to Paul for the photo.
Central Pillar P3 Anchors looking up and left. Route to the left is 11 b/c. Route to the right is unfinished (harder) and does not have hangers on the bolts
BETA PHOTO: Central Pillar P3 Anchors looking up and left. Rou...

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By russellHOBART
From: Davidson, NC
Apr 17, 2013

Not for climbers uncomfortable with slab. If this route weren't in North Carolina it would have an R rating. Beautiful climb.