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L to R R to L Alpha
Apolitical Blues T 
Dixie Chicken T 
Fat Man T 
Hey Julia T 
Little Feat (the Stain) T 
Peg Leg T 
Powder Keg T 
Sailing Shoes S 
Skin It Back S 
Swashbuckler T 
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Sunken Treasure Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: TomCaldwell on Jul 4, 2011
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Another fun little crag on 221 just below the parkway. The walls face west and has tree coverage to keep the walls cool all day, but it is still the best in the morning. The easy and short approach along with proximity of all the routes surely make this wall a destination area if your cragging on 221. It is rare that you will see another person up there, but there is a bit of road noise. All the routes require a little bit of gear. A standard single rack of cams, or just a set of tri-cams is all that is typically needed. One route in particular will take ballnutz or small brass.

Getting There 

From the intersection of 221 and the Blue Ridge Parkway (near Grandfather Mountain), drive north towards Blowing Rock for a few miles until you see a row of wooden posts on the downhill side of the road. This is the parking area. Walk back up the road south for a few hundred feet towards Grandfather Mountain until you see a small wash/gully on the uphill side of the road. Just after the gully, walk up the hill and wind through the rhodos bearing slightly to the left. The overall time to get to the cliff from the car should be less the 5 minutes!

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 0.9 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Sunken Treasure

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sunken Treasure:
Fat Man   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 50'   
Dixie Chicken   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 35'   
Powder Keg   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 45'   
Peg Leg   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 50'   
Sailing Shoes   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Sport, 35'   
Little Feat (the Stain)   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 40'   
Swashbuckler   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For Sunken Treasure
Rock Climbing Photo: Getting established at the prominent roof.

Sailing Shoes 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13  NC : Sunken Treasure
The big tough roof!Gain the starting ledge and clip the first bolt. Climb through sustained slopers and crimps on the technical face to get established below the roof. Make the tough and scary clip under the roof. Don't blow this clip or you might slam the ledge below. Explode to the lip of the roof and make another big committing move to gain the often wet and dirty ledge above. Mantel onto the ledge and place some gear to protect the second during the crux. Clip the bolt out left or move...[more]   Browse More Classics in NC

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By TomCaldwell
From: Clemson, S.C.
Jul 4, 2011
Be sure to pick up a copy of Mike Grimm's guide "The High Country Cragger" from Well worth the investment!
By ShockSLL
From: Charlotte, NC
Nov 9, 2015
Does anyone know anything about the bolted line to the right of Peg Leg and to the left of Powder Keg? It looks like it has 3 bolts but I couldn't see any anchors from the ground. Thanks.
By BigCountry
9 hours ago
There are anchors. Couple nuts you can't see. Bring an extension to run laps. Little .10a called jolly Roger I think. Maybe a couple tcu's are handy

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