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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.
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.
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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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Horse Shoes & Hand Grenades 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b NC : Linville Gorge : North Carolina Wall
This is an excellent new route on the Apricot Buttress that finally came to fruition this year, probably 15 years after I first looked at it (and had forgotten about it). Thanks to Wes for bringing it back to my attention this summer. This rig is well worth the short hike down from the Chimneys. This route can be easily approached by rapping directly down from the top with one 60 meter rope to the fixed nut anchor, and then one more to the bottom. The annoying bushes at the bottom actually ar...[more] Browse More Classics in NC
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