BETA PHOTO: View of the Meat Puppet area when it first comes i...
The Meat Puppet crag is the place to go for some secluded low-key fun. It is visible during the drive in from Hooker Farm road as the chunk of rock sitting on top of the left end of Moore's. Look closely and you'll see the observation tower near the highest point of this area. Most of the climbing is located on the far left side of this feature, although some more obscure lines probably exist elsewhere. Routes are shady at the base and become quite exposed as you get out above the trees.
There are several ways to get to the Meat Puppet crag. It is located between the central wall area and the amphitheater. It is about 10-15 minutes hike off the main base cliff trail. NOTE: It is a LOT easier to do this the first time during winter months when the trees don't hide the crag.
Hike the base cliff trail. If coming from the amphitheater direction, continue past the next smaller amphitheater, pass a distinctive white marble arete and shortly after locate a small low-angle (often muddy) gully. Follow this up right and veer back left near the top. Thrash up and mostly left, eventually intersecting the occasionally faint clifftop trail. Eventually you'll hit a broken cliff line looming above and along the way you will pass some weird garbage including a rusted out oil drum and various piles of lumber (watch out for nails in the lumber). As you move left the trail will get better and will deposit you at the base of the wall shown in the area photo.
It is also possible (and perhaps more enjoyable) to get there by topping out any of several climbs and hiking a short distance.
From the amphitheater area it's a short hike up and mostly right from around the finish of Step and Fetch (or other routes that deposit you in the general area). My Wife's Pajamas provides a nice moderate access route and rappel option as well. From there hike up a bit left but pay close attention to the return path if you want to get down that way as it's hidden from above.
The routes on the leftmost section of the meat puppet crag all top out at a low angle slab with a prow of rock sitting on top of it. It's possible to build a good trad anchor where these two come together and one can lower off of this easily with a 60m rope (probably a 50m would work) and TR.
No fixed gear anchors exist up here but there is an easy walk off.
Hike left around prow (don't get on top) across the slab to the short 8' or so wall set back about 40 feet from the main edge. Follow a trail left and in a short distance (another 40 feet?) until you see a steep debris clogged gully on your left - don't go down that gully, instead climb over the chest high boulder in front of you and hike some more through the rhodo jungle. Keep going until the trail starts sloping down and left. Follow this and make a wide U turn that will take you back to the base of the cliff in about 5 minutes.
I haven't tested it but I think if you climb routes further right than this buttress you can probably make your way over to this area and join up with the same descent hike.
Weather station 4.2 miles from here
4 Total Routes
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Head Like a Hole 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c NC
: Moore's Wall
: Meat Puppet Crag
Work up the right angling crack until you reach the "throne" in the center of the overhang. Take a breather and either: monkey your way out left following a steep and juggy crack until you can turn the lip and stand up, or stay a bit more centered and work up the vertical crack. Cruise straight up the featured face plugging gear at will, until a slightly tricky corner presents a final challenge. ...[more] Browse More Classics in NC
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