Elevation: 1,743 ft
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Description

There are several different sectors at Moore's, all with a different feel and aspect. While most of the walls face north, there are a few areas that do get bathed in the beautiful North Carolina sun as it sets over Sauratown and Pilot Mountain in the distance. With the exception of the coldest winter months, you can find a comfortable place to climb year round.

Moore's Wall is the home of some of the earliest climbing in North Carolina; its first recorded ascent went up in 1959. Carolina pioneers like George DeWolfe put up numerous first ascents through the 1960s. The 70s saw development at a higher level as climbing gear improved; Bob Rotert and others established routes like Air Raid and Wild Kingdom, among the hardest routes in the state at the time. Tom Howard was another prolific FA artist, with routes like the classic Zoo View to his credit. And climbers owe a debt of gratitude to local legend Tim Fisher, not only for his numerous first ascents, but his efforts at maintaining climber access to the cliff.

Like most NC destinations, Moore's is primarily a trad area. One distinguishing feature of climbing here is the adventurous nature of the descents; don't look for convenient bolted rap stations at the topouts of most routes. A typical rap station consists of fixed pro, slung trees or chocks, or a combination of these. And just finding the rap stations can be a real easter egg hunt, involving scrambling and downclimbing. Be prepared!

Getting There

The same parking lot is used for all access.  See main page for directions.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Moore's Wall (Routes)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 126
Sentinel Buttress
Trad 2 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 74
Easy Hard
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 92
Washboard
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 188
Wailing Wall
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 133
Almost Seven (aka Golden Earring)
Trad
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 231
Zoo View
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 67
Raise Hell
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 120
Air Show
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 59
Step
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 57
Nutsweat
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 61
Do or Dive
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 61
Break On Through
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 48
Blue Chock
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 96
Quaker State
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
 44
Vascular Disaster
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Sentinel Buttress Sentinel Buttress > Center Buttress
 126
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 2 pitches
Easy Hard Central Wall
 74
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Washboard Central Wall
 92
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
Wailing Wall Amphitheater
 188
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Almost Seven (aka Golden Ea… Amphitheater
 133
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Zoo View Sentinel Buttress > Circus Wall
 231
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Raise Hell Amphitheater
 67
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Air Show Sentinel Buttress > Circus Wall
 120
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Step Amphitheater
 59
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Nutsweat N End
 57
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Do or Dive Amphitheater
 61
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Break On Through Sentinel Buttress > Circus Wall
 61
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Blue Chock Central Wall
 48
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Quaker State Amphitheater
 96
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Vascular Disaster N End
 44
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad
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