North By Northwest
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BETA PHOTO: Finishing the 1st pitch of "North by Northwest."
The longest route on Stone Depot, and the left-most route as you are hiking downhill. Start on a low-angle slab with the obvious bolt line.
Pitch 1 (5.4): Slab and clip your way to chains, or link this with...
Pitch 2 (5.6): More slabbing and clipping to a nice stance below the short headwall. Pitches one and two are easily combined with a 70m rope.
Pitch 3 (5.7+): I've seen literature detailing this pitch as 5.8, but it felt quite soft for the grade. Make some steeper moves through eyebrows, then run up easier ground to chains.
Pitch 4 (5.5): Climb up featured rock through the next bulge, belay at rings.
Pitch 5 (5.4): Water groovin' to a tree. Pitches four and five can be barely combined with a 70m rope.
Bolts. A very light rack could be carried to mitigate any runouts.
Alesha Reardon close to the top of North by Northw...
|Comments on North By Northwest
|By Mike Reardon|
Jul 28, 2012
This route is about 10 minutes further downhill from pistol pete. It is not quit the leftmost route though.
|By Cody Ashe|
Jan 27, 2013
Good easy climb for begginners. Third pitch is the crux, but I feel a 5.7 would be a more accurate rating. Great Belay points on the whole route.
|By TJ Souther|
From: Brevard, NC
Jan 27, 2013
Hiked all the way in and every route on Stone Depot was wet or icy except this one, we climbed the first 4 pitches but the last pitch was covered in ice so we backed off of it. Just as well it looked as if you could pretty much walk up it. The route does offer excellent views of Looking Glass and John's Rock but as far as the climbing goes it basically has one or two moves on the third pitch that require some finesse (it definitely feels soft to be a 5.8), the rest of it is stupidly easy, although it would be excellent for beginners or to rehearse multi-pitch skills.
From: Clemson, S.C.
May 1, 2013
You don't need a 70m to link pitches. We did it with a 60m no problem. Thanks to Mike's book for the beta.