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Routes in Sunken Treasure

Apolitical Blues T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Dixie Chicken T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Far Left (unknown) T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Fat Man T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Hey Julia T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Little Feat (the Stain) T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Peg Leg T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Powder Keg T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Sailing Shoes S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
Skin It Back S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Swashbuckler T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
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Description

Another fun little crag on 221 just below the parkway. The walls face west and has tree coverage to keep the walls cool all day, but it is still the best in the morning. The easy and short approach along with proximity of all the routes surely make this wall a destination area if your cragging on 221. It is rare that you will see another person up there, but there is a bit of road noise. All the routes require a little bit of gear. A standard single rack of cams, or just a set of tri-cams is all that is typically needed. One route in particular will take ballnutz or small brass.

Getting There

From the intersection of 221 and the Blue Ridge Parkway (near Grandfather Mountain), drive north towards Blowing Rock for a few miles until you see a row of wooden posts on the downhill side of the road. This is the parking area. Walk back up the road south for a few hundred feet towards Grandfather Mountain until you see a small wash/gully on the uphill side of the road. Just after the gully, walk up the hill and wind through the rhodos bearing slightly to the left. The overall time to get to the cliff from the car should be less the 5 minutes!

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Classic Climbing Routes at Sunken Treasure

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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 4
Far Left (unknown)
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 24
Fat Man
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 11
Powder Keg
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5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 18
Peg Leg
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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 7
Apolitical Blues
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5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 5
Little Feat (the Stain)
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5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 6
Swashbuckler
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Far Left (unknown)
 4
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Fat Man
 24
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Powder Keg
 11
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Peg Leg
 18
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Apolitical Blues
 7
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Little Feat (the Stain)
 5
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Swashbuckler
 6
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
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TomCaldwell
Clemson, S.C.
TomCaldwell   Clemson, S.C.
Be sure to pick up a copy of Mike Grimm's guide "The High Country Cragger" fromfullmantlepress.com. Well worth the investment! Jul 4, 2011
Steve Lineberry
Charlotte, NC
Steve Lineberry   Charlotte, NC  
Does anyone know anything about the bolted line to the right of Peg Leg and to the left of Powder Keg? It looks like it has 3 bolts but I couldn't see any anchors from the ground. Thanks. Nov 9, 2015
There are anchors. Couple nuts you can't see. Bring an extension to run laps. Little .10a called jolly Roger I think. Maybe a couple tcu's are handy Dec 1, 2015
Steve Lineberry
Charlotte, NC
Steve Lineberry   Charlotte, NC  
Thanks BigCountry, makes sense why I didn't see the anchors. :) I didn't get on the route but I thought it looked harder than 10a. Maybe i'll get on it next time. Thanks again. Dec 9, 2015
So I am also a bit confused as to the routes there, but I send the far left anchors as a mixed route with one bolt, and it runs at about 5.8. Maybe 5.9. As far as the bolted lines, they all go somewhere in 5.10, and are short, but fun. I think Jolly Roger is correct, not sure. Powder Keg is my personal favorite, on that wall, and is well worth the trip! Bring some gear, and get ready for a pumpy 5.10 send-fest at Sunken Treasure! As a tip, if you're going to pull on Apolitical Blues (the direct start to Fat Man) for the first time, bring a crash pad, the crux is the bouldery beginning. Apr 2, 2016
Russ Keane
Asheville, NC
Russ Keane   Asheville, NC
This place is absolutely gorgeous. Has a certain "magic" energy to it. Don't be misled by the large boulder/outcropping that is just above the road. Walk 20 yards further south and find a more prominent path/gully which takes you to the climbing area. Jun 26, 2017

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