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North Carolina Wall  


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  • Description 

    Like the Amphitheater, the main North Carolina Wall overlooks the deep and wide main gorge. This section maintains the wilderness flavor of Linville Gorge, and in contrast to the more beginner-friendly Amphitheater, there are no "easy" lines here. And though route development began more than 35 years ago, there's still lots of potential for hard climbers to carve out more routes on the NC Wall.

    The four-pitch Bumblebee Buttress is a NC Wall classic; if you're ready for harder climbing, hit Tarantula or Rinky Dink (original or direct).

    Getting There 

    From the Table Rock parking lot, head south through the campground and along the ridgeline trail. Continue past the Chimneys to the first cut-off trail to the right; this leads down to North Carolina Wall. If you see a white quartz rock on the trailside where the cut-off trail goes down, you've gone too far; this trail goes to the Amphitheater.

    Climbing Season



    Weather station 8.8 miles from here

    15 Total Routes

    ['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',1],['5.10',5],['5.11',4],['5.12',3],['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 North Carolina Wall:
    Bumblebee Butress   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   
    Apricot Jam   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 300'   
    Tarantula   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
    Lost In Time   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
    Rinky Dink Direct finish   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   
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    Featured Route For North Carolina Wall
    Jon F following the first pitch.

    Pansy Wall 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b  NC : Linville Gorge : North Carolina Wall
    This route climbs the tallest and steepest part of the NC wall. It took quite a while to complete due to hard climbing, poor rock that had to be cleaned (P-1), and poor summer weather conditions, but it's a very worthwhile line for the grade and deserves some traffic.P-1 Start under the right side of the cave feature. Climb the feature past 3 bolts and gear (up to a # 3 camelot). The 3rd bolt is a difficult clip (placed high due to poor rock quality lower). Belay at 2 bolt hanging belay...[more]   Browse More Classics in NC

    Photos of North Carolina Wall Slideshow Add Photo
    Placing a bolt on "Fire On The Mountain"
    Placing a bolt on "Fire On The Mountain"
    NC wall as seen from the Camel
    NC wall as seen from the Camel
    The NC Wall
    BETA PHOTO: The NC Wall
    Alan H. on Shake and Bake
    Alan H. on Shake and Bake
    The NC Wall from the Rock Jock Trail
    BETA PHOTO: The NC Wall from the Rock Jock Trail
    Doug doing the Rinky Direct
    Doug doing the Rinky Direct

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