Looking for BETA: Table Rock, SC

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Nathan Stegenga · · Spokane, WA · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 100

Hey folks,

I've grown up in the shadow of Table Rock and have recently been looking into what this beautiful monolith has to offer. I know MP has a section on Table Rock with handful of routes, but I've heard there are more routes than what MP has listed.

Is there anybody that's very familiar with climbing at Table Rock that can either confirm or deny this? Is there any official/unofficial printed guidebook for Table Rock out there?

A friend and I have discussed attempting some of the more moderate routes on TR this winter, but we would really like to get as much information on the place as possible.


rock-fencer · · Columbia, SC · Joined Dec 2009 · Points: 265

Yes. Feel free to contact me or Tom Caldwell

BirminghamBen · · Birmingham, AL · Joined Jan 2007 · Points: 1,635

PM me your email address. And, definitely touch base with RF or Tom.

TomCaldwell · · Clemson, S.C. · Joined Jun 2009 · Points: 2,563

Central SC?! You are right near us! Are you a student?

TR is not to be taken lightly. The only thing I can compare it to is Big Green's bolting stardards, but often steeper. The granite hear is so hard and good, it has left little in the way of natural features for protection. People climbing here are at the mercy of those that established this place as a bold climbing area. Most of the safest moderates are on the watergroove wall. I've added what I have seen so far as the safest, Two For One and Dry Line. Like most things at Stone Mountain, there is an assumed R rating on pretty much everything. The ones that I have graded with the R on this site have difficult moves in the runout section. Expect that two grades below the routes crux probably won't have protection unless it is natural.

I am not trying to scare you away. I want to see more people climbing here. It takes a good bit of experience to push through this terrain safely. There is a good chance I will be there Monday. We have to wait several days after this rain before the walls stop seeping. I have topos for the south faces and most of the access issues are outlined on this site in the TR section. Feel free to message me for more details.

Edit: I noticed there is a route at the far right end of the watergroove wall I haven't been on yet, called Staircase 5.6 (5.5R). It is intermittent cracks to a runout face with some horizontals for gear. This would allow you to access the top of the cliff and potentially the anchors for all of the watergroove wall.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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