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Zen Canyon Rock Climbing 

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A nice wall of up to 3 pitches of climbing. The route "Buried Treasure" climbs the fantastic "bilboard" section that is very remenicant of the Fire Wall at Moores.

Getting There 

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First, follow directions to the RJ that are listed on the main page.

By far the easiest way into the canyon is to rap from the top of Zen Point via the anchors on "Buried Treasure". It's 2 rappels to the ground. It can be reached by taking the razors edge trail down for about 1 minute, and then turning left (about 3/4 way to the small creek) to follow pink flagging. Follow the flagging to the top of the overlook (about 1 more minute). From the point on the left side of the overlook (north), if you lay down and look over the edge -- down and right -- you can see the bolted rap anchors for "Buried Treasure". Scramble down and around to the anchors for the rap.

To get to the bottom via bushwhack (not recommended), locate the small pool of water in the drainage just past (north) the Razors Edge turnoff. Follow this drainage down to the top of "Zen Falls" (which is just a wet slab really) and work your way underneath a small wall with a sketchy move into a gully (fixed pin here). Follow gully a short ways to the base of the walls.

Climbing Season

For the Linville Gorge area.

Weather station 7.9 miles from here

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Rock Climbing Photo: Tony following pitch 3.

Buried Treasure 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  NC : Linville Gorge : ... : Zen Canyon
P-1 Many variations possible. Climb to obvious ledge at 100' and belay at bolts.P-2 Climb a short wondering pitch to a small stance and belay below the "bilboard".P-3 Continue up crack feature past bolt to stance. From here regular finish moves a bit to left, harder direct finish moves up and slightly right past 2nd bolt. Belay on small ledge near top at 2 bolts....[more]   Browse More Classics in NC

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By darkbyrd
Apr 20, 2014
There is an easier descent into Zen Canyon. From the campsite near Zen Point, head west on a faint trail through the bushes to the canyon floor in 60 yards. -MJ

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