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Aretenephobia T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Full Contact T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Popcorn Shrimp T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Rosin Bred T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Steam Finish T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Strattle Castor T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
Tier Jerker T,TR 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
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Shared By: John Saunders on Oct 10, 2010
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Description

The Better Late than Never Wall has a limited number of climbs, but makes up for that in exposure and quality. The rock quality is similar to the Main Tier, solid quartzite. Nothing larger than a #2 Camalot is needed for these climbs. Bring plenty of nuts, TCU's, and finger to hand sized cams.

Getting There

Park at the Rough Ridge trail head parking lot. Hike the Blue Ridge Parkway south back towards the Linn Cove Viaduct. Follow this for about five minutes until you cross the first bridge. Immediately after the bridge there will be a faint trail on the right that drops down into the drainage and then back up onto a slabby boulder. Follow this rock gully, staying close to the wall on the right for a few minutes up hill. At a large ledge, in front of the Gumfighter and Borrowed Time hike right on the ledge. Borrowed Time is the obvious corner with a hand-sized crack that stretches its length. Follow this narrow trail around some rhodo's and up the hill, through a small rock tunnel until you reach a landing. Go right down the trail and you'll come to the overhanging roof of Aretephobia and Strattle Castor.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Better Late Than Never Wall

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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Steam Finish
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
Strattle Castor
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Aretenephobia
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Tier Jerker
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Steam Finish 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Strattle Castor 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13 Trad
Aretenephobia 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Tier Jerker 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad, TR
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Matt Westlake
Durham, NC
Matt Westlake   Durham, NC
Short easy walk-off for this area. Most routes have a little trail that leads you (climbers right) and back down. 2 min walk. Oct 17, 2010

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