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Little Wilson

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American Dream 
Aqua Lung 
Climb With A View 
Code 3 
Dragon, The 
Duty, Honor, Country 
Fin, The 
Fire Ants 
First Encounter 
Got Hops? 
Jean Claude Trans-Am (F.A. 2001) 
Jigsaw, The 
Let's Roll 
Ron Rico 
Slipstream: V3 (F.A. 2006) 
Tanqueray 
Tiny Gun 
Wall of Voodoo 
Wizard, The 

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Little Wilson 


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Description 

Little Wilson is a wonderful small bolted climbing area that is right off the 221 freeway near Boone, NC. It is about 300 yards away from the dump. It has about 12 routes rating from 5.8 to 5.12 but is really easy climbing. The rock is wonderful with lots of features and overhanging walls.


Getting There 

Take the 221 freeway towards avery county. If you are coming from the Boone area, once you pass into Avery county stop at the 3rd parking area. Walk along the road until you get to get to the red rusted refrigerator. Turn left there and follow the trail. It is a 20 to 30 minute hike that involves alot of either downhill (To get there) or uphill (to get out) all in all, very worth it!


19 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',3],['5.10',5],['5.11',5],['5.12',5],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Little Wilson:
The Fin   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 45'   
Climb With A View   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 60'   
Code 3   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 50'   
First Encounter   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 40'   
Let's Roll   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c PG13     Sport, 50'   
Duty, Honor, Country   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 40'   
The Dragon   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 40'   
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Featured Route For Little Wilson
Mary at the final overhang of the Fin.

The Fin 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a  NC : Little Wilson
Fun and interesting 5.9. This is will keep your attention at every bolt. A difficult or pumpy move will allow you to surmount each bolt.Start just right of Jigsaw on a face laced with jugs. Climb the face until you reach a ledge. Clip the second hidden bolt, sling long, and make a tough move to get onto the ledge. Get into the left facing dihedral, clip the bolt, and figure out the technical moves to get you under the overhanging section. Clip the final bolt and get steep! Fun jugs to the...[more]   Browse More Classics in NC

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By TomCaldwell
From: Clemson, S.C.
Jul 4, 2011

Pick up a copy of Mike Grimm's "The High Country Cragger" from www.fullmantlepress.com. Well worth the investment for some great 221 cragging.

This area also has several climbs that stay dry in a rain and sheltered from the sun. The cliff faces west and is predominately a sport climbing crag. The red refrigerator is no longer at the trail head. I guess someone was nice enough to dispose of it.

By LizRut
May 23, 2013

Does anyone know of another land mark to use to know where to cut down into the trail? I was unable to find it since the fridge is missing.