The Great Arch
Avg: 3.5 from 239 votes
|Type:||Trad, 400 ft, 3 pitches|
|FA:||Bill Chatfield, Fess Green - 1965|
|Page Views:||38,448 total · 283/month|
|Shared By:||saxfiend on Nov 15, 2006|
|Admins:||Ryan Williams, Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry|
DescriptionThe Great Arch is probably the most prominent and noticeable feature on the face of Stone Mountain. It's a huge right-facing dihedral that arches almost to the summit of the mountain from the Tree Ledge. It's also one of the earliest routes here, put up in the days before cams and sticky rubber climbing shoes.
Unlike the typical runout Stone Mountain friction climb, The Great Arch is one of the few climbs here that has plentiful protection. A real classic, it's very popular and guaranteed to be crowded on weekends -- so arrive early to avoid long waits.
P1 -- starting at the base of the arch, climb the dihedral using the hand/finger crack and good friction footwork to a bolted belay. 5.5, ~150'.
P2 -- continue up the crack and dihedral, slinging trees for pro if you like, to a bolted belay. 5.5, ~150'.
P3 -- follow the diminishing arch to its end on easy ground. Clip a single bolt and finish at the final bolted anchors. 5.3, ~120'.