Type: Trad, 120 ft
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Shared By: saxfiend on Sep 3, 2007
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A real gem for the grade, Wailing Wall may bring back memories of the Gunks if you've ever led High E. The amazing holds and great protection on the steep face are matched only by the exposure.

Starting at the left end of the Amphitheatre, either begin by climbing a chimney right of the arete, or (more exciting) climb the nice arete itself. Continue up level with the base of a roof, then move left onto the exposed face and straight up through a notch to the trees.


Starts just right of the arete at the left end of the Amphitheatre. To rappel, scramble up and over from the topout ledge to a gully; move carefully down the gully to rap from fixed gear.


Mostly medium gear; tricams are very useful. Build a gear anchor and/or sling trees.
Decatur, GA
saxfiend   Decatur, GA  
This is a fantastic climb; the exposure is almost as good as Zoo View, and you can't believe how nice the holds and pro are on the face section. Starting on the arete instead of the chimney adds to the fun. Sep 4, 2007
WNC/Broomfield, CO
nbrown   WNC/Broomfield, CO
To the best of my knowledge, a couple guys from the Raleigh area used to climb this route all the time before anyone else ever claimed an ascent. Cannot remember their last names, but they called themselves "Lewis and Clark". It's likely that they did the FA. Nov 8, 2007
Mike Flanagan
Redlands, CA
Mike Flanagan   Redlands, CA
classic moderate Oct 26, 2008
vanishing spy
vanishing spy  
Sigh,My first Trad lead. Super awesome route and worth getting on no matter how hard you climb. Feb 27, 2009
We climbed this last week its an awesome climb. A lot of exposure and an awesome climb, a lot of fun. Just watch out for the rope drag. Jul 20, 2011
Raleigh, NC
sanz   Raleigh, NC
The exposure and unique rock on the billboard face are truly classic. Sling your pro and try not to place gear to your right to ease drag before turning the corner. If you only have a single 60, you can scramble right to rap from the Quaker State/Golden Earring anchors. Nov 8, 2011
No need to go all the way to the Quaker State anchor to rap off if you only have a single 60m rope. After toping out, just head a back and a little to the right. Drop down into the natural recess and you will find an anchor that will take you back to within about 15' of start of the climb. Dec 21, 2011
I removed an old angle pin from this route in 1980. It was probably first climbed in the early 70s or earlier. Jan 21, 2012
Will Copeland
Will Copeland   Driggs
starting the first 15-20 feet on the other side of the arete bumps this one up a notch! Mar 16, 2012
Great climb. The crux is certainly down low at the start. I made a gear anchor on a small ledge after moving left, just below the face. Great exposure and great holds everywhere.

I tried using the rings that Robert Hutchins mentions and sadly my 60m did not make it to the bottom even with rope stretch. Be sure to tie knots in the ends if you try it. Apr 2, 2012
Sorry to hear that S.Fischer. You might want to check the length
of your rope. It's a good thing that you didn't try the Q.State anchor with the rope, as it sounds like it wouldn't have been close to reaching. The only other possible way I can think of that wouldn't leave you with rope on the ground would be if the rope was dropped significantly cliff-left in the notch and left you down-hill a little bit. Apr 3, 2012
I'm wondering if anyone has tried a variation finish that kicks the grade up a few grades. The finish I've done goes up the L shape weakness seen on the right side here in this photo. It is a lot of fun but would recommend doing the climb in 2 pitches due to the rope drag created when clearing the lip. Similar difficulty to Raise Hell IMO. May 14, 2012
WNC/Broomfield, CO
nbrown   WNC/Broomfield, CO

Who knows when that thing was first done... I did that finish myself a few years back (maybe 10 or so), and remember it feeling about 10a, but I could be wrong as my memory is a bit fuzzy. May 14, 2012
Vince Buffalini
Las Vegas, Nevada
Vince Buffalini   Las Vegas, Nevada
A classic. turn the corner at the halfway point onto the beautiful exposed face with horizontals reminiscent of the gunks Jan 1, 2015
Winston-Salem, NC
Benandstuff   Winston-Salem, NC
A great line with great exposure, and plentiful protection. It stays on grade for almost the entire climb, only backing off as you approach the top. The rock on the upper face is really pretty, too.

I looked for the rap anchors Robert Hutchins mentioned, but I did not find them. I imagine they have been worn down and/or cut in the intervening years since his post.

EDIT: I have since found the rap anchors. Once you top out, go straight back and drop into a small ravine. Take a right, down the ravine, and around some trees/shrubs, to a lower level of the ravine. From here, the anchor is about 4 nuts in a horizontal crack 10 feet up on the left wall, over the edge. Nov 1, 2015
The anchor consists of at least three passive pieces on stainless steel cable, and is up on the wall above a notch. It was still there late Fall when I climbed it last. The anchor is not located where you top out. You have to step cliff right over the notch where you top-out and scramble back cliff-right over the little "hill" of rock and down the short slab. To locate it, just think of where the anchor would need to be to leave you 15'-25' uphill of the start of the climb when you rap. I'm guessing people just don't think to look down the slab to locate it. Feb 5, 2016
Sean M
Sean M  
By far the best 5.6 at Moore's. Great climb to get on your first time in the area, or as a warm-up your 20th visit. Eats up gear and is very safe. Crux is probably the start, and you'll be out of sight for the finish, so make sure your second is going to push through it if they're not a climber. Belay from the top, descend either via the somewhat questionable Wailing Wall anchors, or scramble over to the Golden Earring anchors which inspire a little more confidence. Apr 30, 2016
Russ Keane
Asheville, NC
Russ Keane   Asheville, NC
This is a ridiculously fun rock climb. Beyond classic -- and to go at 5.6.... wow... thank you Moore's. The aesthetic beauty and quality of the rock, is simply something to behold on this dreamy out of this world line. You will not even be aware of anything else of life other than being on the sharp end on this gem!. Jun 19, 2016
The souf yeast
.   The souf yeast
Wasp building nest 20 ft up as you transition onto left side from crack. Was just messing around and noticed 2 very very loose microwave sized blocks to the right of p2 mid way up. Super dangerous! Jun 18, 2017