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5.9+, Trad, 550 ft, 4 pitches, Grade II,
Avg: 3 from 4 votes
FA: Wayne Roy and Shannon Stegg 2007
North Carolina > Laurel Knob
P1: First pitch of Groover. 5.7, 120'
P2: Climb left and up a shallow water groove/track on thin features, over bolts, to a bolted belay. 5.9, 180'
P2: Climb straight up water groove past three bolts and no additional pro. 5.7, 120'
P3: Move left off the belay, passing a couple bolts into Arrested Development's groove, up this, past gear, to anchors out right. 5.9, 120'
P4: Slab right into the continuation of the same water groove from P2. Climb directly to the top passing four bolts and as many small gear placements to a bolted belay 5.8-, 200'
Far left on the main face. Start as for Groover or Arrested Development.
Stopers, smaller tricams, Single set of cams through 2.5"
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The look down half way up P4 to the belay at the top of P3 and beyond...
Stinson following the P3 water groove...crux pitch.
P2; P3 goes up, left, then right; P4 continues up the grrove way up and to the top.
Stinson following P2
My brother following the easyish yet engaging P2 of Pirate's Cove.
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Pitch one has been reestablished. Climb the first pitch of groover. From tree follow the gear left to the groove and the first bolt, continue to A 2 bolt anchor.
Sep 17, 2009
I did this route in June 2009. The middle bolt (there are only 3) on P2 had been chopped. This is at least the third time it's been chopped/replaced. The missing bolt creates a 60 foot runout on 5.7 slab.
Look up from the tree ledge and see if the bolt is there before you commit to the route.
Jan 21, 2010
Great Route. A little more sustained climbing at or near the grade compared to say Groover.
Appears all bolts are intact. To approach - climb Groover's first pitch. P1 climb flake/face on the left from the tree, past and overlap, then step into the watergroove. Continue a full rope length past a few bolts to a bolted belay, 5.9, 200 ft. P2 climb a long watergroove past 3 bolts to a bolted belay, 5.7, 125 ft. P3 step down and left from the belay, looking for a small foot on the bulge left of you. Balance over past two bolts to a groove, continue to a tree ledge and rap station, 5.9+, 125 ft. P4 climb the watergroove on the right of the belay, past bolts and gear to a rap station, 5.8, 200 ft.
Jun 13, 2011