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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.
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!
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You can probably get away with no gear on this short and fun climb. There are two distinct hard sections with a good shake out in the middle.Start in a shallow left facing dihedral just to the left of the big roof routes on the lower wall. Look for a pin in the corner that starts the route. Clip the pin, plug pro or don't (sling long), make moves to gain the good hands above the small roof to clip the bolt. Surmount the roof to gain the juggy face above. Move up the steep face clipping two ...[more] Browse More Classics in NC
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