This area is a 80-100ft, south and southeast facing cliff that provides some very dramatic views aver the creek.
Rock quality is all or nothing. The good rock is bomber, the bad rock is dangerous, there are no "marginal sections". With that said, until anchors are placed, all routes should be top-roped and cleaned on rappel. Once a new route is climbed however, the remaining rock is solid.
SOME SECTIONS CANNOT BE TOP-ROPED WITH A 70M ROPE! ALWAYS CHECK YOUR DECENT BEFORE RAPELING!
The tops of these routes are exposed to direct sun.
WARNING: Besides being hot and virgin, the area below the cliff is home to all sorts of fun creatures during the summer. Between the ticks, bugs, and snakes, this area is a real adventure, but it is the most rewarding of all three as the tops will greet you with airy views of the TC valley.
From the TC Bend, Travel back towards the trail head about 500 yards, over a stream and through a dead-fall area. Turn North (right) and find a large cave past a campsite, underneath the pinnacle of the clifline. From there East is the face.
TOP ACCESS: From the cave: Travel West, hugging the base of the cliff for about 100 yards. There you will find a path up the side of a buldge. Once you climb up this, there will be a cut path (with rock steps!) along a ridge leading to a small slot with a rope in it. Scramble up this slot and follow the (less clear) path to a logging road on top of the cliff. From there look for blazes on the pine trees marking tops of routes.
Climb a juggy face with many large rounded edges. There are three small buldges that lead to an airy point overlooking Thompson Creek. Test for loose rock/flakes diligently. ...[more]Browse More Classics in AL