Type: Trad, 110 ft (33 m)
FA: Roy Crawfore, Grey Amburgey - late 70s
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Shared By: Chuck Parks on Oct 26, 2009
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry

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Access Issue: Potentially Closed Due to COVID-19 - Please check for closures before going and DO NOT TRESPASS! / 2020 Raptor Closures on the Nantahala-Pisgah LIFTED Details

Description

A really fun climb -- at least until you have to top out.

Follow the corner system up to a stance below the roof. Suss out the holds, get in some good protection, and then pull around the right side of the roof. Continue to follow the crack system up to the clean face above. Good holds lead to the top. This is where the fun ends.

You are presented with three options for topping out:

Door #1: Continue straight up, over featureless white slab to a carpet of moss and then a completely impassable rhododendron thicket. If you are a) related to a weasel, or b) climb with a machete, then this may be the choice for you.

Door #2: Traverse around left to a corner/ramp system that looks like it might lead to the top. Rope drag may be problematic. This path was also running with water when I got there, so I chose...

Door #3: Traverse right about 10 feet, and then claw your way up a steep chute of moss, loose dirt and dead vegetation for about 20 feet or so until you reach a sturdy pine tree for a belay.

Descent- scramble/bushwhack your way to the summit and walk off.

Location

Starts from the right end of the Lightning Ledge. From the P3 anchors at the top of Cave Route, a crack/corner system leads up past a roof to the summit.

Protection

standard rack, belay from trees at top

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