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Better Late Than Never Wall  

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The Better Late than Never Wall has a limited number of climbs, but makes up for that in exposure and quality. The rock quality is similar to the Main Tier, solid quartzite. Nothing larger than a #2 Camalot is needed for these climbs. Bring plenty of nuts, TCU's, and finger to hand sized cams.

Getting There 

Park at the Rough Ridge trail head parking lot. Hike the Blue Ridge Parkway south back towards the Linn Cove Viaduct. Follow this for about five minutes until you cross the first bridge. Immediately after the bridge there will be a faint trail on the right that drops down into the drainage and then back up onto a slabby boulder. Follow this rock gully, staying close to the wall on the right for a few minutes up hill. At a large ledge, in front of the Gumfighter and Borrowed Time hike right on the ledge. Borrowed Time is the obvious corner with a hand-sized crack that stretches its length. Follow this narrow trail around some rhodo's and up the hill, through a small rock tunnel until you reach a landing. Go right down the trail and you'll come to the overhanging roof of Aretephobia and Strattle Castor.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.9 miles from here

6 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Better Late Than Never Wall:
Steam Finish   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Strattle Castor   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Aretenephobia   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   
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TR Second - great climb!

Strattle Castor 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13  NC : Ship Rock : Better Late Than Never Wall
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By Matt Westlake
Oct 17, 2010
Short easy walk-off for this area. Most routes have a little trail that leads you (climbers right) and back down. 2 min walk.
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