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Description

This is the short upper right portion of the north face that makes for great summer time cragging. There are a few multipitch routes here, but the best quality routes are the shorter harder lines. This is a great area for someone looking for short crimpy face climbing.

Getting There

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The approach starts just to the right of the pit toilets. Go down the hill and the trail turns hard right. Follow this for 15 minutes to the log crossing. Shortly after the log crossing the trail crosses a creek and goes steeply up hill to the right. At the top of this trail puts you on the ridgeline trail. Follow ridgeline trail for a short distance and turn left and up the short hill at a faint trail. Immediately turn left again and curl around the front of a small rock face. Head down the first gully and then immediately down the next gully. At the base of the second, go skiers right and follow this for a few minutes to the base of the cliff.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Catwalk

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 4
Grouse Call
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 4
pussyfootin'
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 3
Ramp Dinner
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13
 5
Flaming Lips
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 4
X70
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Grouse Call
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
pussyfootin'
 4
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Ramp Dinner
 3
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
Flaming Lips
 5
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13 Sport
X70
 4
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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TomCaldwell
Clemson, S.C.
TomCaldwell   Clemson, S.C.
I added some better approach beta with pictures of the complicated turns. This place deserves more traffic. It is the coolest summer temps in the lower Blue Ridge. Many ultra-classic vertical to slightly overhanging technical crimp fests. There are also some decent corner systems. The approach starts just to the right of the pit toilets. Go down the hill and the trail turns hard right. Follow this for 15 minutes to the log crossing. Shortly after the log crossing the trail crosses a creek and goes steeply up hill to the right. At the top of this trail puts you on the ridgeline trail. Follow ridgeline trail for a short distance and turn left and up the short hill at a faint trail. Immediately turn left again and curl around the front of a small rock face. Head down the first gully and then immediately down the next gully. At the base of the second, go skiers right and follow this for a few minutes to the base of the cliff. Aug 29, 2014
John Gorman
Tamassee
John Gorman   Tamassee
Visited the Catwalk today. 1/6/18. Approach directions are still accurate. Although there have been many blowdowns since Irma. Someone has left a rope tied to a tree and going up a route at the end of the Catwalk. Im not sure exactly whitch route. Its a good ways past the obvious X70. There is also a wire brush hanging with the rope. I wouldn't mention it here. Except ot looked as though it had been there for a long time. The rope is stiff from the weather etc. Anyway it's still there. Jan 6, 2018
nbrown
originally WNC, now Broomfield
nbrown   originally WNC, now Broomfield
Johngorman Gorman, I wonder of that is a farmed ice route? There is one ice route 50' or so left of Ramp Dinner I think. Jan 6, 2018
John Gorman
Tamassee
John Gorman   Tamassee
Im not sure. I was all over the mountain that day. I didn't see any evidence of farming. Including on the top of everything that starts from the Catwalk. I saw someone climbing Starshine from Hwy 64. By the time I could get to the Catwalk he had already topped out and I missed him. So I didnt see who it was. Jan 9, 2018