Type: Trad, 140 ft
FA: Jess Tucker - 1984
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Shared By: mbuntaine on Oct 26, 2009
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This line continues above Almost Seven (aka Golden Earring) and has tremendous exposure, interesting movements, and huge jugs on it way to the top. Step right at the roof and take the path of least resistance to the top of the climb. Make sure to extended any gear you have in the roof very long to avoid rope drag on the overhang. You will need to build a gear anchor above the overhanging face, and then scramble over the bulge and down to the standard Amphitheater rap station to descend.

This is a much more interesting finish to Almost Seven (aka Golden Earring) than the traverse out left and is highly recommended.


Climb Golden Earring in the Amphitheater, but instead of traversing left at the roof, step out and right to gain the steep face above. The climbing looks more intimidating from the ground than it actually is.


standard NC rack -- gear placements abound.


WNC/Broomfield, CO
nbrown   WNC/Broomfield, CO
I agree, this is the much better finish. Dec 5, 2009
William Rhyne
Casper, Wyoming
William Rhyne   Casper, Wyoming
any body think that a four foot sling right before and after the roof would clear the rope drag Jan 30, 2012
Andy Weinmann
Silver Spring, MD
Andy Weinmann   Silver Spring, MD
Loved this route to finish Golden Earring in one big long pitch. Defintely gives the route a whole new type of variety. Had me smiling the whole way!

William - 4' slings could help there but so could being very thoughtful with your placements. I used long runners (24") throughout most of the line and placed a cam in the horizontal where you hand-traverse out over the roof (I had placed a piece lower at the roof but I back-cleaned it...good choice). Drag was minimal as I climbed S&F. My rope drag problem came at the end where you traverse left to finish S&F...I placed a piece too far right and it was killing me by the time I topped out. Jun 25, 2012
Sean M
Sean M  
variation of golden earring finish that makes it a much more exciting and memorable climb. Good gear, just make sure to extend slings after jumping right. Do it. Finish with a gear-anchor and scramble over and down to golden earring anchor to descend. Apr 30, 2016
Winston-Salem, NC
Benandstuff   Winston-Salem, NC
Both MP and the Carolina Rocks guidebook give the route beta as "the path of least resistance" or "follow the jugs". Can anyone who has climbed this more than once verify that there is only one way up the steepness at the 5.8 grade? I climbed this on Saturday but have no idea if what I did was "standard" or not. More traversing than I expected.

Otherwise, great climb. Any pro placed after the key crux placement (w/ 4' runners) on golden earring should be back cleaned before starting up the steep face. Feb 20, 2017
@Benandstuff: It's been a while since I've been on it, but every time I did it I remember thinking "Man, this looks hard" then I'd find the same holds and pull through on 5.8 moves.

If I remember correctly it was only 2 or 3 moves traversing to the right before you started climbing up gain. Sep 7, 2017
Robert Hutchins
Robert Hutchins  
It irks me that the name "Golden Earring" is being kept alive in this route discripion and discssion for the route properly named "Almost Seven." As far as handling rope drag, treat AS just as you normally would until you get to the pod crux. From there 12"-24" should be used. At the roof, 36"-48" is plenty. After that, it just matters about the new rope line you choose. If you locate it well you can even direct clip most of it. The real drag normally comes from the top-out. No matter how you run the rope it will drag across the lip of the ledge. I personally like to set an anchor at the ledge and tie in near the lip. This eliminates all drag and allows me to watch my partner... though it does add a 4th class exit. Aug 2, 2018