Type: Trad, 350 ft, 3 pitches, Grade II
FA: Bob Gillespie, Bob Mitchell, Steve Longenecker, 1971
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Shared By: Jethro Bodine-Clampett on Jan 6, 2007
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry

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Access Issue: Potentially Closed Due to COVID-19 - Please check for closures before going and DO NOT TRESPASS! / 2020 Raptor Closures on the Nantahala-Pisgah LIFTED Details

Description

Start: On the left side of the Amphitheatre near the bottom, not far from where the wall turns outward to face the gorge.
Pitch 1: Begin with low-angle climbing, then move into a slightly overhanging crack system with good holds to a two-person sized belay (5.6+).
Pitch 2: Begin by veering slightly left on the slab with a nice low-angle crack system (5.3). Finish on a huge ledge. Belay near the right end of the ledge (see topo photo).
Pitch 3: Move out right from the belay and then straight up an easy, mossy, yet exposed slab to the top (5.3).
Variation: Move out left from the belay at some thin cracks and climb through a short chimney to join up with the last part of the mossy slab (5.5).

Location

Hike/Slide down the center of the Amphitheatre gully. See route description "Start" above.

Protection

Full standard rack, it is helpful to have extra mid-sized cams or hexes for the first pitch.
Note: As with many Linville routes, nuts, hexes and tricams work very well here.

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