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Elevation: 1,699 ft 518 m
GPS: 36.39961, -80.29081
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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!

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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.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 242
Wailing Wall
Trad
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 292
Zoo View
Trad 2 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 145
Air Show
Trad 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 66
Nutsweat
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 68
Break On Through
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 58
Blue Chock
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 109
Quaker State
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 36
Pooh Corner
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
 50
Vascular Disaster
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a R
 48
Shadowdance
Trad 2 pitches
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 42
Mighty Mouse
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 19
Porter's Pooh
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13
 22
Wild Kingdom
Trad 2 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 19
Filet-O-Fish
Trad
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 11
Double Dare
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Wailing Wall Amphitheater
 242
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Zoo View Sentinel Buttress > Circus Wall
 292
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Air Show Sentinel Buttress > Circus Wall
 145
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Nutsweat N End
 66
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Break On Through Sentinel Buttress > Circus Wall
 68
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Blue Chock Central Wall
 58
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Quaker State Amphitheater
 109
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Pooh Corner Hanging Garden
 36
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Vascular Disaster N End
 50
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad
Shadowdance N End
 48
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a R Trad 2 pitches
Mighty Mouse N End
 42
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
Porter's Pooh Hanging Garden
 19
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
Wild Kingdom Fire Wall
 22
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Filet-O-Fish N End
 19
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
Double Dare Hanging Garden
 11
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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