Type: Trad, 80 ft
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Shared By: saxfiend on Mar 7, 2007
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Knob Wall is a great route to take neophyte climbers. Like the name says, it's easy climbing on plentiful jugs, and it's a nice long route with a great view of the valley below. Knob Wall is also a good choice for new trad leaders, who can sew it up with gear and learn how to sling horns as well.

Starting just left of a large boulder, climb the face to a small ledge (little to no pro in the first 15'). Follow the jugs and horns up to anchors at the top.


Starts just around the corner from White Gold, not far down the trail from Misty.


Small to medium gear, plus slings for the horns. Bolted anchors (or shuts) at the top.
claude w. took me here for one of my first trad leads. Mar 13, 2007
Jeff Mekolites
Jeff Mekolites   ATL GA
Ahhh....the infamous Claude W....I think I may recognize your name. I have been climbing with Claude since meeting him at Emory after moving to Atlanta in 2001. Mar 15, 2007
Swamp Cookie
da Bayou
Swamp Cookie   da Bayou
This route can be lead using slings only on the knobs. Fun. Apr 11, 2011
Clemson, S.C.
TomCaldwell   Clemson, S.C.
Fun and chill route. We did it with nuts, tri-cams, and slings, with no shoes or chalk for added adventure. Jan 7, 2012
Marcj Mentrak
Charleston, SC
Marcj Mentrak   Charleston, SC
Perfect route for beginner trad climbers Sep 10, 2014
Nick M
Madison Alabama
Nick M   Madison Alabama
First real trad lead. Forgot to bring slings for the horns so I ran it out a bit. But a fun lead. Don't forget slings Nov 1, 2016
I placed about 3 cams all less than #1, nice horns to sling all the way up after the first 30 ft. I taught my friend trad on this route, and he scored his first line. At the top there is a third bolt which is nice. Knob wall has technically a route to the right and to the left (follows a crack line). Knob wall left has two set of anchors at the top perfect for anyone looking to run through their SPI skills. Knob left has an anchor above the first one just by a few feet (not visible from the ground- if you go to this anchor it is an easier climb but has terrible rope drag). You can tie in and set up assisted rappels here easily with the extra anchor point to bring "clients" to. Great place for new trad climbers, just know how to sling horns or you'll find minimal pro along the way! Mar 24, 2017
Buddy Smith   GA
Yep, I led this with slings only. No problem! Super fun run up. My friend did this as his first trad lead on his second trip outdoors. Jul 27, 2017
Beginning would be rather run out for a 5.6 leader. May 15, 2018
@Alex, Any reasonably in shape adult will have zero chance of falling on the first 20 feet, its fine. There's not much gear, but also "run out" is a little too strong a word for a place where you can stand without putting your hands on the wall.

Its a perfect first trad lead. Jan 10, 2019