Type: Trad, 120 ft
FA: Bruce Meneghin, Tom Howard - 1976
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Shared By: saxfiend on Sep 3, 2007
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This fine route may remind you of climbing in Tennessee, with its long vertical hand crack. Long, fun and well-protected, but the neophyte 5.7 leader might find it intimidating.

Start in the big corner, or on the flake right of the corner; move up until you can transition to a nice vertical crack system in the left face. Continue up the crack until it ends under a big roof, then make a traverse left and up to end at the left end of the roof.


Starts at the back end of the Amphitheatre in a big corner. Two-rope rap from fixed gear.


Small to medium cams, passive pro. Some big pieces are useful in the starting crack. Build a gear anchor.


Decatur, GA
saxfiend   Decatur, GA  
Great route! The crack section has some committing moves, but the pro is good and any falls would be clean. Sep 4, 2007
Bishop, CA
outdooreric   Bishop, CA
A fall anywhere in the first 40 feet of the route would not be clean. A couple extra hand sized pieces are useful.
The rappel is 100 feet. Oct 9, 2007
George Heib
George Heib  
Felt really good. Difficult sections of the route are about 10 feet below the roof. Traverse can get a little sketch for a 5.7 leader, but it is a solid fun route. There is a spot for a BD #3. A 60m rope will get you back down to the ledge 3 feet off the ground so no real need to double rope this one. Anchors were replace not too long ago. Sep 30, 2010
dave Hause
carrboro, nc
dave Hause   carrboro, nc
Extend your draws because the rope drag can be dramatic with the traverse. Jun 3, 2013
Emil Briggs  
The traverse can be exciting for the second too. Oct 17, 2013
Sean M
Sean M  
Three stars only because it's interesting, not really for the quality of climbing. Crux as mentioned is about 10-30 feet below the roof, where the gear can be tricky if you don't know what to expect. There are options available, but it's classic Moore's finicky gear, and if you happen not to have the right pieces can be scary. Some #2/#3 cams to protect the traverse are useful. Overall definitely worth doing, but not one that will make your day...if you're looking for a warmup or have time for just one last climb, do Wailing Wall instead. Apr 30, 2016
Winston-Salem, NC
Benandstuff   Winston-Salem, NC
The gear on the crack is really easy- it is smooth enough to take cams well in a lot of places. The gear in the roof is a pain in the ass, because the climbing is several feet below the placements. May 16, 2016
Matt Westlake
Durham, NC
Matt Westlake   Durham, NC
Looking back at this I'm surprised no distinction has been made about the traverse at the top. There are two ways to do it:

1) climb way up under the upper roof and get gear the whole way. This is better protected but is awkward and kind of a pain.

2) head directly left using a good foot rail as soon as you've pulled up from the face through the first roof at the top of the crack. Handholds are sparse and you'll have to go a little further than you like (10 feet?) until you get a sorta dubious small cam, particularly for someone closer to their limit. Still, this is my preferred path as it's not unreasonably difficult and only a couple moves to the gear. After that it's pretty juggy and a really good small cam placement is nearby. This traverse is likely too low to merit climbing up and placing gear in the crack at the base of the big roof overhead as it's probably 10-15 feet above you although I've never actually tried this.

If you take this option be sure to keep followers in mind as the pendulum could be pretty extreme if the gear isn't placed. May 18, 2016
matt swaim
matt swaim   SL, UT
Stood up in the traverse and got my head stuck. Had to unfasten my helmet to get my head back. That's a first. Also, a 70 meter got us to the ground with plenty to spare. Jul 19, 2016
Russ Keane
Asheville, NC
Russ Keane   Asheville, NC
Great climb! Very fair and straightforward for the grade. This is not a sandbagged lead. The climbing is smooth and full of definite hands and feet. Protects well, too. That is, until the traverse... But that's part of the deal. It's funky, but a great great time. Don't hesitate to do this one! Jul 23, 2016
Samuel Gerber
Samuel Gerber   Carrboro
Feels tricker than Raise Hell. Apr 7, 2018
Garrett Logan
Hickory, NC
Garrett Logan   Hickory, NC
Fantastic Route. Expect the typical Moore’s grading as it is stout for a 7. Some beta for the traverse. Once the crack stops giving good holds and you have to pull the crux of the route, and you end up and a decent stance maybe 10-15 feet below the roof you are at the place to traverse. There is an awesome hand rail to your left and a good foot rail. None of the traversing is harder than 5.5. There is also a place for a .75 Camalot and .3 camalot during the traverse. May 26, 2018
Stephen McKinney
Columbia, SC
Stephen McKinney   Columbia, SC
I really enjoyed the crack section on this. Traversing under the roof was cool too. Make sure you’re solid at the grade before leading this. Aug 26, 2018
Alex Jacques
Burlington, CT
Alex Jacques   Burlington, CT
You can lower off a 60m if your belayer scrambles up to the first ledge (be sure to tie a knot to close the system) Oct 14, 2018