Type: Trad, TR, 40 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: David Gunnells on Jun 15, 2009
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry

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An initial over-hand on a dihedral route. The crux is the inital move from the ground. It starts left of the dihedral. The base of the rock is undercut; I had to stand on a small boulder to reach the hand-holds. After making the initial, difficult moves, you come to a ledge. The climbing is fairly easy from there as you move up the dihedral.


Left of a gully, just right of 9-Ball.


Climb the gully to the right to access the top. Natural anchors - two 25 ft slings around rocks worked well. There are plenty of places to place gear as well.


George Heib
George Heib  
Good place to go if pilot is crowded, but don't put these at the top of your to do list. They are a bit too short for pleasure. Three moves and you are out onto really easy scrambling. Sep 30, 2010
Winston-Salem, NC
Rmsyll   Winston-Salem, NC
There have been new bolted anchors for Pool Hall for a while, no need for natural rigging for the three 'Balls'. There is no clear distinction among the three named routes, simply different lines as in a boulder setting. Indeed, the 'Balls' are essentially a set of roped boulder problems, with no use for crash pads because of the very rough sloped ground there.

The photo labelled "Making the initial move on 8-ball" shows '8-Ball' as it is usually started, at the dihedral and from a rock as a footstep. The photo labelled for "Joe Hines" shows a variant start, halfway between the common start for '8-Ball' and '9-Ball' accessible by tall people who are already strong climbers.

LL Feb 9, 2011
Joshua McDaniel
Johnson City, TN
Joshua McDaniel   Johnson City, TN
This is a really fun route. The moves off the ground are a little hard, but the corner above is easier and fun. Not a bad trad lead, if you're comfortable with the moves off the deck. Dec 5, 2011
Just due to the start I'd call it a 5.8+. After you get over the initial overhang it's pretty easy 5.6 from there. Dec 5, 2015
Andy C. Miller
Knoxville, TN
Andy C. Miller   Knoxville, TN
A good line, great placements throughout if you wanted to lead it. The top rope anchors are in a weird, if not dangerous, spot. be careful setting them up and make sure to extend over the lip. The anchors are solid, but re-bolting for placement wouldn't be a bad idea. Jan 14, 2017