Located just below the Chimneys area, this is a cool freestanding feature that makes for a fun diversion with a casual approach by Linville standards. It's high aesthetics make up for its sometimes less than ideal rock quality. The formation resembles its namesake when viewed from the Apricot buttress -- just to the south. There are a handful of modern routes, as well as many older forgotten lines on the formation. Ancient 1/4 inch rawl-drive bolts can be found on both the Camel proper, and on the nearby walls. One can easily chase sun or shade on the Camel, as there are routes on the south, east, and north sides of the formation. Approach time from the chimneys is about 10 minutes.
Also of note: Once at the base, it is easy to combine climbing on the Camel with either the Apricot Buttress or The Chockstone Chimney Wall, both only a hundred yards or so away.
From the Chimneys, take the MST south to the first trail on right, which is the Apricot/NC wall trail. Follow this short trail down to overlook on the north side of buttress (Apricot descent is the gully to south). Find the bushy path down to the cliff edge and rap down an old bolted 5.4 (60'), which will put you out in front of the southeast arete of the camel.
Climbing Season For the Linville Gorge area.
Weather station 8.5 miles from here
4 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For The Camel
Southeast Arete 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c NC
: Linville Gorge
: The Camel
This is a neat line on a unique feature that has a long history of climbing (and other shenanigans). The rock quality wasn't the best originally but we did our best to clean it up, and now it's a pretty worthwhile line.Climb the southeast arete past 3 bolts and gear to an excellent belay at the top (bolt anchor back from the edge a bit). Step back out to the perfect belay seat at the top and enjoy the view....[more] Browse More Classics in NC
Griffen steadies himself before walking the line.
Looking down at the 5.fun
As seen from Table Rock to the north.
BETA PHOTO: Basic topo of Camel routes.
The tyrolean traverse that OB used to do. The last...
The SE arete. Routes also exist down the hill to t...