Elevation: 1,454 ft
GPS: 35.233, -81.275 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: EricD on Feb 1, 2008
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry
Access Issue: Potentially Closed Due to COVID-19 - Please check for closures before going and DO NOT TRESPASS! / 2020 Raptor Closures on the Nantahala-Pisgah LIFTED Details

Description

These are the areas accessible from Linwood Road and where the vast majority of climbs are located. These areas include the Practice Wall, David's Castle, Red Wall, and the Fortress area.

Getting There

From I-85, take Exit 13 and go Left off the ramp. Continue through the light and the road will become Archie Whitesides Rd. (SR 1122). Follow this for roughly 2 miles until it dead-ends into Linwood Rd. Go Left on Linwood Rd. for about 0.1 mile and make a Right into the parking lot. Here you'll find an information kiosk and restrooms.

From the parking lot, follow the Backside Trail about a mile up a steep gravel trail. Please stay on the trail as land managers have put up a fence and signs to encourage people to do just that. The trail follows a wooden staircase that ends at an overlook and the top of the Practice Wall. This is also (usually) the end for most hikers, so people will congregate here and remark on the view of distant Charlotte (and engage climbers in a discussion of the dangers of climbing and the mental stability of those that climb).

The hike is about 20 minutes or less. There is a summit ridge that travels northeast from the Practice Wall which leads to the rest of the other areas (sans Hidden Wall).

182 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Main Climbing Areas

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 87
Gastonia Crack
Trad, TR
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 71
Caterpillar
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 40
Pleasant Dreams
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 110
Ooga Chocka
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 82
Holy Guacamole
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 49
Overhung and Underrated
Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 134
Opinionated
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 59
Dewey Used To Love It
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 49
The Wall
Trad, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 93
Electra
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 30
Burn Crack
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 84
Master Beta
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 63
The Gimp
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 58
Energy Czar
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 45
Desperately Seeking Juggage
Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Gastonia Crack 01. Practice Wall
 87
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Caterpillar 04. David's Castle Wall
 71
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Pleasant Dreams 12. Middle Finger (ba…
 40
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Ooga Chocka 03. David's Castle (b…
 110
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Holy Guacamole 07. Resurgence… > Trundlasaurus Wall
 82
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Overhung and Underrated 07. Resurgence… > Trundlasaurus Wall
 49
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
Opinionated 06. Red Wall
 134
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Dewey Used To Love It 07. Resurgence… > Trundlasaurus Wall
 59
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
The Wall 01. Practice Wall
 49
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Electra 04. David's Castle Wall
 93
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Burn Crack 01. Practice Wall
 30
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Master Beta 06. Red Wall
 84
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
The Gimp 06. Red Wall
 63
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Energy Czar 04. David's Castle Wall
 58
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Desperately Seeking Juggage 06. Red Wall
 45
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, TR
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