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Routes in Holloway Mountain

Changling, The S 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Dirty Crack T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Left Crack T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Left Face T,TR 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Poplar Crack T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Right Crack T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Right Face TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
ShinBone T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13
Slab crack T,TR 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Unknown Crack T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
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Holloway Mountain is a fantastic area for new climbers. The top access to the rock allows for easy toprope setup, but make sure to bring static line, slings or cordelette, because the wall is lacking bolted anchors. There are a couple of bolted sport routes at Holloway, including Changeling, a 5.12. There are also some great trad leads as well.

The rock gets the sun in the afternoon, which allows for great conditions all year round if it isn't snowing. Weekends can occasionally be crowded, especially in summer, but weekdays are a great time to hit up Holloway.

Holloway is used by Appalachian State University's Recreation Management program to teach climbing site facilitation, and is also utilized by several other local schools for outdoor education, so it is possible to run into a group of students while climbing. They typically stick to the right side of the rock.

Getting There

From Boone, take NC 105 to Foscoe and take a left on Church Road. Drive a short distance and then take another left on Holloway Mountain Road.Holloway Mtn Rd. will turn from a paved road to unpaved. As you drive up the mountain after the road turns to gravel, start looking up and over your left shoulder to see the Holloway Mountain cliffs. The road is tiny but some small pull-offs exist right before and directly in front off the cliffs.

Extra tips:

-The cliffs are closer to the 105 side of Holloway mtn rd than the 221 side.
-there is a tan/brown house within shouting distance up the mountain road with a mailbox number 660.
-parking is VERY limited (4 cars?)

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Classic Climbing Routes at Holloway Mountain

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Slab crack
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Poplar Crack
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Right Crack
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Left Face
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Left Crack
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Right Face
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
The Changling
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Slab crack
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, TR
Poplar Crack
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Right Crack
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Left Face
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Left Crack
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Right Face
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a TR
The Changling
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Sport
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This a nice place to climb, the routes are short but offer a large variaty of climbs close together with easy access from the road and to the top if you dont want to lead any of them. The 10a is really good with .10 move after move. Nov 27, 2010
Does anyone know what kind of rock this is? Apr 4, 2011
metasandstone May 27, 2011
Ben Caruso
Blowing Rock, NC
Ben Caruso   Blowing Rock, NC
Is there a specific reason that a (some) bolted anchor(s) haven't been put up? I've climbed here before, and don't see a reason not to add a couple, being that there already are bolts at the crag, and since, it's such a beginning area, might make it easier (safer) for beginners?
I might volunteer if there was community accordance, better to ask... Jan 26, 2013
Nate Z.  
I know I'm late to the party but....

The changling's bolts have been rebolted.

And it would seem that nothing else is really bolted because this area is primarily used for trad and beginner top rope climbing.

As far as the communities being against it, I'd recommend talking to ASU's outdoor education folks, or Rock Dimension climbing guides out of footsloggers in boone for their two cents, as they both operate at this crag often.

One final thing to consider, there's a house within shouting distance to the crag, and I can't imagine they'd be please with the sound without a heads up first. Aug 12, 2015
A few of the routes (5.4 slab crack and potentially the leftmost unknown crack) will take rock gear for the TR anchor. The trees are showing wear--possibly only superficial--from their slinging. Jan 17, 2017

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