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The Dump

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"Boyz n Berry" Dickcheese 
A. C. Green 
Black Jackets 
Chimney 
Cro-Magnon Acid Test 
Dancing with the Pope 
Dimpsty Dumpster 
Dumpster Diving 
Fry Cleaned 
Homegrown 
Is This How You Clip? AKA: Douglas's Excellent Adventure 
Last Glitch Effort 
Not Too Keen 
Pigs in Zen 
Red Headed Stepchild 
Ride the Lightning 
Slimen Hymen 
Son of White Trash 
Suck My Dope 
Tiers for Allah 
Unknown 
Unwritten Law 
Vermin 
Voodoo Child 
White Trash 
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The Dump 


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Description 

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).


25 Total Routes


['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',1]
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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Dump:
Is This How You Clip? AKA: Douglas's Excellent Adventure   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Homegrown   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Sport   
Vermin   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport   
Dancing with the Pope   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport   
Dumpster Diving   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 45'   
Voodoo Child   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport   
"Boyz n Berry" Dickcheese   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Fry Cleaned   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 65'   
Unwritten Law   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Ride the Lightning   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For The Dump
Marvin Dawson top-roping Unwritten Law (5.12b/c) <br /> <br />The Dump, Highway 221 - North Carolina

Unwritten Law 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 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 climbboonenc.com 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_ClimbNC
From: Boone, NC
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 www.fullmantlepress.com 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: Colorado Springs, 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: Dayton, OH
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 guide...it 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?