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Routes in North Carolina Wall

Apricot Butter T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Apricot Jam T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Barnacles & Bo Schwan T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Bed-wetter T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Bumblebee Butress T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Eureka T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Fire On The Mountain T,S 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Highway to the Danger Zone (aka Rinky Dink Direct) T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13
Horse Shoes & Hand Grenades T 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Life is like a rubber rope T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Lost In Time T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Mixed Fruit T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Pansy Wall T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Rinky Dink T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Southeast arete (of the Camel) T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Spectre Man T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Tarantula T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13


Like the Amphitheater, the main North Carolina Wall overlooks the deep and wide main gorge. This section maintains the wilderness flavor of Linville Gorge, and in contrast to the more beginner-friendly Amphitheater, there are no "easy" lines here. And though route development began more than 35 years ago, there's still lots of potential for hard climbers to carve out more routes on the NC Wall.

The four-pitch Bumblebee Buttress is a NC Wall classic; if you're ready for harder climbing, hit Tarantula or Rinky Dink (original or direct).
All climbing routes between and including Tightrope and Bumblebee Buttress are closed from January 15 and August 15 Details
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Getting There

From the Table Rock parking lot, head south through the campground and along the ridgeline trail. Continue past the Chimneys to the first cut-off trail to the right; this leads down to North Carolina Wall. If you see a white quartz rock on the trailside where the cut-off trail goes down, you've gone too far; this trail goes to the Amphitheater.

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brian k sohn
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brian k sohn   knoxville, tn
If you have never been to the North Carolina Wall, it turns out that if it's been a little rainy lately and misty all night, you probably aren't going to find any dry rock. Apricot Buttress being a possible exception. Oct 16, 2017
Ahhhhhh... The Bumble Bee Buttress. A true classic. Pushing grade 4, sustained 5.8, long pitches (4 of 'em) GREAT climbing, and high, airy (AERIE,? EERIE? how you Americans say "Eagle's Nest"?) exposure. A true "Climber's route". Not your silly, petty little 3 bolt boulder problem clip-up. I've done this route twice. Once with Dan Flowers, once with Sean Cobourn. I think the first time was w/Sean. I had heard all the usual stories about the traverse and how hard it was. All lies. It turned out that your very best pro went in your very best holds. If you are competent at this level, and enjoy true, alpine type routes, you will have a great time. It's been almost 25 years since I was in Linville Gorge, so things have changed. I don't know if your phone will work in there. It's a long walk in and the trail used to be very hard to follow. If the weather is warm, you can bet on at least one snake encounter. Dan and I used to spend a lot of time at The Gold Coast, and we'd always see them. It seems like every time I went into the gorge, no matter who with, I'd always get back after dark (Except The Ampitheater, of course). Anyway- I highly recommend this route. Oops... this was supposed to go on the Bumble Bee Buttress page, not here. Oh well.. I digressed and started babbling about the gorge. I'd move it to the right page, but it's time for another Martini. Jul 13, 2017

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