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Holloway Mountain

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Changling, The S 
Left Crack T,TR 
Left Face T,TR 
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Right Crack T 
Right Face TR 
Slab crack T,TR 
Unknown Crack 1 T 
Unknown Crack 2 T 
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Holloway Mountain Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,000'
Location: 36.1471, -81.7611 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: saxfiend, Edward Medina, Ryan Williams, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Martin Jacaruso on Jul 19, 2009  with updates from Nate Z.


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Holloway Mountain is a fantastic area for new climbers. The top access to the rock allows for easy toprope setup, but make sure to bring static line, slings or cordelette, because the wall is lacking bolted anchors. There are a couple of bolted sport routes at Holloway, including Changeling, a 5.12. There are also some great trad leads as well.

The rock gets the sun in the afternoon, which allows for great conditions all year round if it isn't snowing. Weekends can occasionally be crowded, especially in summer, but weekdays are a great time to hit up Holloway.

Holloway is used by Appalachian State University's Recreation Management program to teach climbing site facilitation, and is also utilized by several other local schools for outdoor education, so it is possible to run into a group of students while climbing. They typically stick to the right side of the rock.

Getting There 

From Boone, take NC 105 to Foscoe and take a left on Church Road. Drive a short distance and then take another left on Holloway Mountain Road.Holloway Mtn Rd. will turn from a paved road to unpaved. As you drive up the mountain after the road turns to gravel, start looking up and over your left shoulder to see the Holloway Mountain cliffs. The road is tiny but some small pull-offs exist right before and directly in front off the cliffs.

Extra tips:

-The cliffs are closer to the 105 side of Holloway mtn rd than the 221 side.
-there is a tan/brown house within shouting distance up the mountain road with a mailbox number 660.
-parking is VERY limited (4 cars?)

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 3.2 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Holloway Mountain

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Holloway Mountain:
Poplar Crack   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
Right Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
Left Face   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'   
Left Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
Right Face   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
The Changling   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Featured Route For Holloway Mountain
Rock Climbing Photo: Tree Crack, 5.7

Poplar Crack 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  NC : Holloway Mountain
A great beginner climb. Some really fun moves. The crux comes about halfway up, could lie back to complete. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NC

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By Jeff Jenkins
Nov 27, 2010
This a nice place to climb, the routes are short but offer a large variaty of climbs close together with easy access from the road and to the top if you dont want to lead any of them. The 10a is really good with .10 move after move.
By Claire Harris
Apr 4, 2011
Does anyone know what kind of rock this is?
By Ben Sachs
May 27, 2011
By Ben Caruso
From: Blowing Rock, NC
Jan 26, 2013
Is there a specific reason that a (some) bolted anchor(s) haven't been put up? I've climbed here before, and don't see a reason not to add a couple, being that there already are bolts at the crag, and since, it's such a beginning area, might make it easier (safer) for beginners?
I might volunteer if there was community accordance, better to ask...
By Nate Z.
Aug 12, 2015
I know I'm late to the party but....

The changling's bolts have been rebolted.

And it would seem that nothing else is really bolted because this area is primarily used for trad and beginner top rope climbing.

As far as the communities being against it, I'd recommend talking to ASU's outdoor education folks, or Rock Dimension climbing guides out of footsloggers in boone for their two cents, as they both operate at this crag often.

One final thing to consider, there's a house within shouting distance to the crag, and I can't imagine they'd be please with the sound without a heads up first.

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