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Middle Finger is a ridge of rock that runs north-south. The shorter east face is considered the "backside", whereas the west face is Middle Finger Wall proper. Topropes can be set up from bolts at the top, by carefully scrambling up the ridge from the north end.
From the summit trail, take the same fork as for the Fortress area. Instead of descending into the Fortress area, continue on the trail a short way further to another descent that winds to the base of the east face of the Middle Finger (the "backside").
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Middle Finger (backside):
Pleasant Dreams 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'
Pick-A-Dilly Prow Variation 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'
Pick-A-Dilly Prow 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'
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Pick-A-Dilly Prow 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c NC : Crowders Mountain : ... : Middle Finger (backside)
Lambert and Shull guidebook calls this route "Short but awe-inspiring."Climb past a low crux on steep ground to a blank face where you reach left to large holds on the arete (there is a holly tree in the way there but you have to deal with it). After the initial steep section the ground gets easier. Finish at two bolt anchors. ...[more] Browse More Classics in NC
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