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Elevation: 913 ft 278 m
GPS: 35.24038, -81.2694
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Crowders Mountain is a state park located in western North Carolina. In fact, it's not too far from South Carolina. The rock is of a quartzite type. Its easy approach and proximity to Charlotte make Crowders a popular place on the weekends, and not just for climbers (which leads some locals to call the place "Crowded" Mountain).

The rock quality is pretty good and offers something for everyone. There are numerous top-roping opportunities as well as sport and trad with ratings ranging from 5.5 to 5.13. Cliffs generally face east or west, so finding sun or shade is pretty easy (depending on the time of day), though the thick foliage can make finding sun more difficult.

Lambert and Shull's Selected Climbs in North Carolina is a great book for the area; however, it is not comprehensive. There is plenty to do here, however, since it's easy to top-rope quite a bit.

Keep in mind, this is a state park. Permits are required for climbing and rangers regularly visit the crags and check up on climbers. Permits are free and easy to fill out, so please do this to avoid hassles. Also, there is a gate that opens and closes daily. Please be aware of the time and make sure you leave before closing time.

Getting There Suggest change

Crowders Mountain is about 30 miles west of Charlotte.

Take I-85 to Exit 13 and make a left off the exit. After this, it depends on where you want to climb. Directions are different for the Hidden Wall and the rest of the areas. Please go to the respective areas to find directions to them.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Crowders Mountain

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V3 6A
 42
Classic Overhang Direct
Boulder
V3 6A
 29
Galvatron
Boulder
V4 6B
 34
Lucifer
Boulder
V4 6B
 20
Classic Arete
Boulder
V5 6C
 22
Venom
Boulder
V6 7A
 21
Razorburn
Boulder
V7 7A+
 20
Atlas
Boulder
V7+ 7A+
 22
Dick Cheney
Boulder
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 82
Caterpillar
Trad, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 113
Electra
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 100
Master Beta
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 84
[Redacted]
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 36
Burn Crack
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 69
Energy Czar
Sport
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b PG13
 8
Slimebelly Snakeass Sodhole Skun…
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Classic Overhang Direct Dixon School Bo… > Classic Overhang Boulder
 42
V3 6A Boulder
Galvatron Dixon School Bo… > Decepticon Boulder
 29
V3 6A Boulder
Lucifer Dixon School Bo… > Hell Boulder
 34
V4 6B Boulder
Classic Arete Dixon School Bo… > Missing Boulder
 20
V4 6B Boulder
Venom Dixon School Bo… > Snake Jam Boulder
 22
V5 6C Boulder
Razorburn Dixon School Bo… > Incinerator Boulder
 21
V6 7A Boulder
Atlas Dixon School Bo… > Egg
 20
V7 7A+ Boulder
Dick Cheney Dixon School Bo… > Hell Boulder
 22
V7+ 7A+ Boulder
Caterpillar Main Climbing A… > 04. David's Castle Wall
 82
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Electra Main Climbing A… > 04. David's Castle Wall
 113
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Master Beta Main Climbing A… > 06. Red Wall
 100
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
[Redacted] Main Climbing A… > 06. Red Wall
 84
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Burn Crack Main Climbing A… > 01. Practice Wall
 36
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Energy Czar Main Climbing A… > 04. David's Castle Wall
 69
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Slimebelly Snakeass Sodhole… Main Climbing A… > 01. Practice Wall
 8
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b PG13 Trad
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