Type: Trad, TR, 100 ft (30 m)
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Matt Westlake on May 11, 2012 · Updates
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

Another fun moderate in the spirit of Easy Hard and Head Jam and should be on the list of all folks tackling those routes.

Slightly tricky start getting established on the slab then a casual romp to the crux on the upper headwall.

Either meander and follow the path of least resistance+max pro or tackle a series of small overhangs directly until you reach the upper headwall - which can also be a nice TR afterward if you want a little added value. Get pro high in the arching crack out right and go STRAIGHT UP the vertical face. (following the right arching crack is a more difficult variation that takes you out right of the topout rap station) Nice exposure and some cool moves here! Be patient and scope out the holds and it'll make sense at 5.6 although it can be a bit intimidating for folks typically leading the easier grades.

Watch your fall consequence on the low angle slab.

Great way to get to the Meat Puppet crag - after topping out, hike directly up and go left when you hit the trail at the cliff wall and you'll be deposited at the base of Meat Puppet. Be careful to note the trail back (look for a faded yellow sling on a tree branch) as it's less obvious on the return trip if you plan to rap back down here rather than hike the gully.

Location

From the main Amphitheater area (with Golden Earring, etc) this is slightly up the trail in the Sentinel Buttress direction just past the little amphitheater. Look for a clean slab with a small dead tree at the base, angled just right for leaning against. A short distance further up trail you'll run across the impressive Bubbalicious arete.

Protection

Mostly smaller gear to start and save a couple BD C4 #1,2 sized pieces for higher up. Rap station on tree at the top.

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