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Dave's Delight S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Groove Connection T,S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Mr. Browning S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
North By Northwest S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
North by Northwest variation T,S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
One Damn Goat T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
Pistol Pete T,S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Ruthie's Commitment S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Trinacious S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
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Type: Sport, 480 ft, 5 pitches
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Rob Rives on Jun 26, 2011
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The longest route on Stone Depot, and the left-most route as you are hiking downhill. Start on a low-angle slab with the obvious bolt line.

Pitch 1 (5.4): Slab and clip your way to chains, or link this with...
Pitch 2 (5.6): More slabbing and clipping to a nice stance below the short headwall. Pitches one and two are easily combined with a 70m rope.
Pitch 3 (5.7+): I've seen literature detailing this pitch as 5.8, but it felt quite soft for the grade. Make some steeper moves through eyebrows, then run up easier ground to chains.
Pitch 4 (5.5): Climb up featured rock through the next bulge, belay at rings.
Pitch 5 (5.4): Water groovin' to a tree. Pitches four and five can be barely combined with a 70m rope.


Bolts. A very light rack could be carried to mitigate any runouts.
Mike Reardon  
This route is about 10 minutes further downhill from pistol pete. It is not quit the leftmost route though. Jul 28, 2012
Cody Ashe
Cody Ashe   Brevard
Good easy climb for begginners. Third pitch is the crux, but I feel a 5.7 would be a more accurate rating. Great Belay points on the whole route. Jan 27, 2013
TJ Souther
Brevard, NC
TJ Souther   Brevard, NC
Hiked all the way in and every route on Stone Depot was wet or icy except this one, we climbed the first 4 pitches but the last pitch was covered in ice so we backed off of it. Just as well it looked as if you could pretty much walk up it. The route does offer excellent views of Looking Glass and John's Rock but as far as the climbing goes it basically has one or two moves on the third pitch that require some finesse (it definitely feels soft to be a 5.8), the rest of it is stupidly easy, although it would be excellent for beginners or to rehearse multi-pitch skills. Jan 27, 2013
Clemson, S.C.
TomCaldwell   Clemson, S.C.
You don't need a 70m to link pitches. We did it with a 60m no problem. Thanks to Mike's book for the beta. May 1, 2013
Mark O'Neal
Nicholson, GA
Mark O'Neal   Nicholson, GA
Be aware that P5 is longer than what the new guidebook says. A 70m rope was not long enough to rap from the trees back to the P4 anchor. Our friends had to get creative to extend the rope.....

Link P1/P2 and P3/P4 together with a 60m rope then rap off. Oct 15, 2013
Mark Wilkerson
Columbia, South Carolina
Mark Wilkerson   Columbia, South Carolina
You definitely need a 70m rope to link the last two pitches together. We tried it with a 60 and my partner ended up about five feet short of the anchors. Feb 11, 2014
Chris Pruett
Canton, NC
Chris Pruett   Canton, NC
Great route for practicing multipitch for beginners. The 5th pitch is pretty much a walk off and it leaves you hanging on the rappel. We had to get creative to get to P4. If I do it again I'll rap from P4 and call it a day. Oct 16, 2015
Luke R 84
Luke R 84   Georgia
To hopefully clarify a few of the above statements, if you link pitches one and two, and three and four, and skip the fifth pitch, you only need a 60m rope. I'd also say it is barely harder than Trinacious, and the bolts were well spaced (could have had more runout honestly). Aug 29, 2016
Is there a way to walk off or do you have to rappel? Oct 23, 2016
How many bolts are on each pitch? aka how many quickdraws do I need? Dec 15, 2016
Jonathan Dull
Boone, NC
Jonathan Dull   Boone, NC
This is a good route choice for beginners - mainly due to the easy nature of the route and the bolted belays the entire way. P3 is the only pitch that really has anything that feels technical and it has several bolts through the 5.7 terrain. If you top the route out and rap from the tree you should bring a long thing of cord to wrap around the tree - a 70M rope will NOT reach the next rap station if you just wrap your rope around the tree (which is not recommended anyways) - for this reason the last pitch isn't really worth the trouble. Overall an okay route. Apr 18, 2017
Jason Eberhard
Atlanta, GA
Jason Eberhard   Atlanta, GA
Great beginner multi pitch sport route. All the hardware you need and bolted belays with chains to make the raps easy. I would highly recommend if you're looking to practice. The last pitch is basically a hike so if you're concerned about not having enough rope you can skip it. We traversed, on rope, to the anchors for grove connection from the top and lower/climbed back up before rapping off the N x NW anchors. Oct 4, 2017

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