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The Dump 5 / 28 / 3 / 20 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 52
107 Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 32 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 32
Big Green 18 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 18
Birkhead Wilderness Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs 9 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 9 / 0 / 1 / 10 / 10
Blowing Rock Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 27 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 27
Bonas Defeat 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Bradley Falls 8 / 12 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
Buffalo Creek Park 1 / 0 / 0 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Carrboro/University Lake boulders 2 / 0 / 3 / 13 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14
Cashiers Area (Ice) 5 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 11 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 11
Cathey's Creek Crag 17 / 13 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 25
Cedar Rock 86 / 14 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 92
Climbing Gyms 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Closed 89 / 18 / 0 / 65 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 159
Cooks Wall 25 / 41 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 63
Corner Rock 0 / 0 / 0 / 27 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 27
Crowders Mountain 138 / 60 / 96 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 203
Dixon School Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 61 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 61
Doughton Park (ice) 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Duke University 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
East Slate Rock 17 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 18
Eno River Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 28 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 28
Holloway Mountain 8 / 1 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Horseshoe Rock 5 / 5 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Laurel Knob 82 / 14 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 83
Lettered Rock Ridge 6 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Linville Gorge 239 / 57 / 4 / 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 274
Little Wilson 1 / 18 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 19
Looking Glass Rock 119 / 8 / 2 / 8 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 130
Moore's Wall 127 / 17 / 8 / 80 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 219
Pickens Nose 11 / 3 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15
Pilot Mountain 22 / 35 / 57 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 100
Pilot Rock 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Raleigh area climbing 1 / 0 / 0 / 20 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 21
Rocky Face Recreational Area 5 / 40 / 21 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 57
Rocky Knob Park 0 / 0 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Rodanthe Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Rumbling Bald 170 / 69 / 5 / 154 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 352
Ship Rock 41 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 41
Snake's Den 9 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Stone Depot 4 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Stone Mountain 51 / 15 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 60
Stony Bald 0 / 0 / 0 / 35 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 35
Sunken Treasure 9 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Thunder Hill Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 22 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 22
Victory Wall 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Whiteside Mountain 54 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 56
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Description

You could probably make a strong case for North Carolina as the home of the best rock climbing in the south. No other southern state has the variety or sheer volume hosted here. From the multi-pitch quartzite of Linville Gorge, to the eyebrows and hard aid of Looking Glass, to the exposed granite scarefests of Cashiers Valley, North Carolina has it all.

In addition to great rock and lots of destinations, North Carolina has a reputation for tradition that is not to be trifled with. Most routes in the state were established with ground-up techniques using whatever protection the rock affords, placing bolts only on lead and only when absolutely necessary. Anyone unwise enough to rap-bolt a route will usually come back to find their work erased by the locals.

What this means, at least in anything above an easy-to-moderate grade, is that you need a good lead head if you’re going to climb in North Carolina. Long runouts between pro or bolts are taken for granted here, and even moderate and/or well-protected routes can be stout for the grade.

For beginners and new trad leaders, Table Rock is a great destination. Fun leads in the “easy” range (5.3-5.5) abound, and there’s good opportunities for toproping at the nearby Chimneys. More experienced leaders will enjoy the airy multi-pitch moderates at the neighboring Amphitheater in Linville Gorge, or the granite crack climbs of Rumbling Bald.

If you’re ready to raise the stakes, take a trip to Stone Mountain, a huge granite dome with great friction climbing and wild runouts. And for the ultimate in NC climbing, head for Whiteside Mountain or Laurel Knob; only the seriously adventurous need apply.

Bouldering: There is an unbelievable amount of bouldering areas in North Carolina, some of which are world-renowned. The Boone region is host to myriad and historically established bouldering areas. Rumbling Bald has phenomenal bouldering and a wonderful Full Color Bouldering Guidebook . The Linville Gorge is loaded with boulders and Joey Henson's Linville Gorge Bouldering Map beautifully illustrates that. Hound Ears, near Boone, is host for the first leg of the celebrated Triple Crown bouldering competition (unfortunately, that is the only time Hound Ears is open to climbing). Along with these areas Moores Wall, Asheboro, and many other wonderful bouldering locations can be found scattered throughout the Old North State.

Getting There

The climbing in North Carolina is spread across the state and divided into several distinct regions. From the tobacco fields of the Piedmont to the dramatic gorges in the High Country to the granite walls of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains; if you are west of Raleigh you are probably close to amazing climbing. See individual areas for directions.

Access Issues

The USFS temporarily closes many areas in North Carolina for Peregrine Falcon nesting. The Carolina Climbers Coalition does a great job of keeping their site up to date regarding closures.

Also, it seems that the CCC is always working on opening access to new climbing areas around the state. They have been invaluable in opening areas like Asheboro, Rumbling Bald, and Laurel Knob, just to mention a few. If you climb in North Carolina, think about donating time or money to the cause and/or joining the CCC.

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Classic Climbing Routes at North Carolina

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
North Ridge
Trad 3 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
The Great Arch
Trad 3 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
The Mummy
Trad 3 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
The Daddy
Trad 5 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Wailing Wall
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Maginot Line
Trad 4 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Fruit Loops
Trad 2 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Zoo View
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
The Nose
Trad 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Boardwalk
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Comatose
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
White Lightning
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Dopey Duck
Trad 3 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Frosted Flake
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Shredded Wheat
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
North Ridge Linville Gorge > Table Rock 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 3 pitches
The Great Arch Stone Mtn > Stone Mtn S Face 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 3 pitches
The Mummy Linville Gorge > Amphitheater 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 3 pitches
The Daddy Linville Gorge > Amphitheater 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 5 pitches
Wailing Wall Moore's Wall > Amphitheater 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Maginot Line Linville Gorge > Shortoff Mtn 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Fruit Loops Rumbling Bald > Cereal Buttress 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Zoo View Moore's Wall > Sentinel Buttress > Circus Wall 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
The Nose Looking Glass Rock > Nose Area 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
Boardwalk Ship Rock > Main Tier 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Comatose Rumbling Bald > Comatose Area 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
White Lightning Linville Gorge > Table Rock 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Dopey Duck Linville Gorge > Shortoff Mtn 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Frosted Flake Rumbling Bald > Cereal Buttress 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Shredded Wheat Rumbling Bald > Cereal Buttress 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
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I'll leave a comment. North Carolina is awesome for climbing! There is a ton of high-quality stone, and the surroundings are world-class. Sep 27, 2017

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