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"Boyz n Berry" Dickcheese S 
A. C. Green S 
Black Jackets S 
Cro-Magnon Acid Test S 
Dancing with the Pope S 
Dimpsty Dumpster S 
Dumpster Diving S 
Fry Cleaned S 
Greasy Bean Undercling T 
Homegrown S 
Is This How You Clip? AKA: Douglas's Excellent Adventure S,TR 
Last Glitch Effort S 
Not Too Keen T,S 
Pigs in Zen S 
Project? S 
Real Greasy Bean Undercling S 
Red Headed Stepchild T 
Ride the Lightning S 
Sidewinder S 
Slimen Hymen S 
Son of White Trash T,S 
Suck My Dope S 
Tiers for Allah S 
Top Rope Between Is This How You Clip? and Sidewinder TR 
Unwritten Law S 
Vermin S 
Voodoo Child S 
Warpin Endorphin T,TR 
White Trash S 
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The Dump Rock Climbing 

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The Dump recieves lots of sun, making it a great winter destination. It also has probably the best concentration of sport routes in the NC High Country. That being said, you may find lots of people here. They'll probably be concentrated on a small handful of routes, though. The metamorphic sandstone lends itself to nice edges, pockets, and other faceholds. There's a good mix of steep and slabby routes at a variety of difficulties.

Getting There 

The Dump is roadside off of Highway 221 between Blowing Rock and Linville. Coming from Blowing Rock, look for a large dirt parking lot on the left just past the Avery/Caldwell county line sign. Leave your car and hike up the obvious trail to the cliff (about 2 minutes).

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.4 miles from here

29 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Dump

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Dump:
Top Rope Between Is This How You Clip? and Sidewinder   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Is This How You Clip? AKA: Douglas's Excellent Adventure   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Homegrown   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   
Vermin   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport   
Dancing with the Pope   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport   
"Boyz n Berry" Dickcheese   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Dumpster Diving   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 45'   
Voodoo Child   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport   
A. C. Green   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 60'   
Warpin Endorphin   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a X     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
Cro-Magnon Acid Test   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Fry Cleaned   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 65'   
Last Glitch Effort   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Not Too Keen   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, Sport, 50'   
Unwritten Law   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Pigs in Zen   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Ride the Lightning   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For The Dump
Rock Climbing Photo: Marvin Dawson top-roping Unwritten Law (5.12b/c)  ...

Unwritten Law 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b  NC : The Dump
Excellent steep sport climb for the Boone region. Super solid rock and great holds. A good flow of climbing between protection. Hard lunge crux at the very last move off crimps to a large ledge. If you have the guns, clip the anchor and continue onto upper face to another anchor. This extension is called (Ride the Lightening 13b FA. Joey Henson), which rating includes the entire route with extra finish. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NC

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By ShockSLL
From: Charlotte, NC
Sep 17, 2009
There used to be a list of all the routes on a website. I think it might have been called or something like that. It even had the GPS cords for the parking area. I don't think that site is around anymore though.
By Martin Jacaruso
From: Haw River, NC
Oct 15, 2009
The Boone climbing site was a great resource for climbs at The Dump, Ship Rock, and Holloway Mountain, but I can't seem to find it anymore either. If anyone knows anything about the demise of that site, I'd like to know what happened.
By ShockSLL
From: Charlotte, NC
Oct 15, 2009
It seems that a guide is now available at Footsloggers which includes the dump.
By Mike Flanagan
From: Redlands, CA
Nov 5, 2009
The site was taken down when my buddy graduated from App and moved to A-ville for work.
By Heath Bailey
Mar 10, 2010
Go to for information on the complete Warpin Endorphin/Dump guide. Click on Guides > High Country Cragger. Also available from The Full Mantle Press is a comprehensive guide for the Gold Coast Cliffs, Linville Gorge. Check it out!
By Dan Petty
From: Wheat Ridge, CO
Nov 5, 2010
Parking: 36.096732, -81.777214

The rock face is directly across the street from the parking area.
By Mike Anderson
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Mar 19, 2012
I just wanted to say that this is an awesome little crag with a very misleading name. Thanks to all that had a hand in developing and maintaining it!

I'm baffled that it's not included in the Lambert must be because this crag contradicts his thesis that NC should be preserved as a museum for "ground up traditional ethics".
By Jeff Stirman
Jun 27, 2013
How is this place after recent rain?
By Benandstuff
From: Winston-Salem, NC
Aug 10, 2015
The Footslogger's map has an area on the opposite side of the road for boulders at The Dump. I went to the parking lot, and heard voices down the hillside, but I couldn't find a suitable way down. Both ways I tried had ass-tons of broken glass, tons of vegetation, and no clear trail. Is the trail a walk down the road, or am I missing something here?
By Tommy Penick
From: Truckee, California
Sep 15, 2015
To further beta-ify where the parking is, if you're coming from Boone, keep in mind it's the second county line sign that you pass.It's about a 1/10th of a mile past Pilot Ridge Road, which steeply drops off to the left.

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