Central Wall Rock Climbing
Dennis Buice having a blast on the FA of Spidey.
The Central Wall really includes all routes from the big gully near the Amphitheater (to climbers left) and the Circus Wall (to climbers right) on the Sentinel Buttress. Most of the documented climbing, however, lies closer to the Sentinel Buttress than anything else.
Some routes get a little sun in the afternoon, but even in summer it seems like you get enough breeze or enough shade from the trees and roofs high above to keep you comfortable. The wall is perfect in spring and fall and too cold in winter.
The quality of the rock and the climbing on the Central Wall is excellent, and the difficulty varies. The wall is home to some of the best easy routes in the Piedmont, and also has some high quality moderate lines and a few hard ones that have not yet been listed on this site.
Once you've taken the left onto the powerline road, walk for a few minutes until you see a park sign on the right pointing to the Sentinel Buttress trail. Turn right and head up the trail, following signs for the Sentinel Buttress. Once you get close to the wall, the trail splits and either heads left toward the Central Wall or right toward the Sentinel Buttress. Take the left and you'll meet the wall somewhere near Washboard and Hopscotch.
Weather station 4.2 miles from here
12 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Central Wall
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Central Wall:
Hopscotch 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
Easy Hard 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Blue Balls 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Washboard 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Blue Chock 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 150'
Featured Route For Central Wall
Plastic Cat 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
: Moore's Wall
: Central Wall
A rarely repeated route for hardman status. Start on a technical face left of Blue Chock or climb the initial layback on Blue Chock. Either way, end up at a stance just below the bulge feature on Blue Chock with underclings. Climb unprotected 5.9 up and left to a seam.Keep on trucking to a fixed pin that leads to a bolt. Pull the crux and hold on to a stance. From here climb up through the overhangs with decent pro....[more] Browse More Classics in NC