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Routes in Nuke the Whales Wall

A Fine Line T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Dirt-Hedral T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Free Willie T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
I'm Lichen The Climb T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Loyal Order of The Toad T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Nuke The Whales T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Orange Corner T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Playing An Eliminate T,TR 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Save The Wails T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Whale Of A Tale T,TR 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13
Elevation: 1,440 ft
GPS: 35.234, -81.274 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: chris mcguigan on Aug 28, 2011
Admins: Ryan Williams, Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry


Nice Shady spot for hot summer Crowders climbing better in the morning.

Getting There

From the linwood access, take the backside trail to the top and go left along the ridge. After passing Davids Castle and before getting to Gumbies area turn left and follow the trail to the base of the wall

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Classic Climbing Routes at Nuke the Whales Wall

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
A Fine Line
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
A Fine Line 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
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Winston-Salem, NC
Benandstuff   Winston-Salem, NC
Great for new leaders, the routes here have a lot of holds on them and plenty of pro options. As with most trad leading at Crowders, the leader will need to evaluate rock quality around their placements. The area is also somewhat secluded by Crowder's standards, you will get occasional passers-by on the trail, but it is rare to see people at the top. Sep 11, 2017
Eduardo Ramirez
Columbia, SC
Eduardo Ramirez   Columbia, SC
I took a group of beginners out on 07-01-2012 and set up Top Ropes on several of the routes. There are several horizontals and boulders you can make natural anchors on and the rope drag was not terrible. I do however recommend ropes on the thicker side and fix your anchors high! Great shaded area if Davids Castle Backside and The Fortress/Gumbies Roof is being occupied in the morning. Jul 2, 2012
M Best  
Not a good area for TR due to a multitude of rope snagging flakes, but a good area for beginning trad leaders. All routes are probably 75 feet max, are 5.7 and below with obvious moves and good rests. While the routes appear chossy from the bottom, the reality is there's sound gear placements all over and most of the holds are solid by Crowder's standards. Bring a light rack and walkoff to the right. If you want to rap for any reason, don't do so overtop of the routes because flakes will snag the rope, instead walk over to the ledge to the right of Organge Corner and rap there. Aug 29, 2011

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