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Grouse Call

5.9, Trad, 70 ft,  Avg: 2 from 4 votes
FA: John Parameter and Bruce Burgess 2003
N Carolina > Whiteside Mountain > N Face > Catwalk
Access Issue: Seasonal Falcon Closure Details

Description

This is one of the few easy romps at the Catwalk. Great gear and mostly great rock the entire way. Highly recommended!

This is the left-most route in an alcove. Look for the obvious crack that rises up and left under a roof feature with white/tan blocks. Above the roof an intermittent finger crack is easily seen from the base. Several starts are possible. Head straight up to start, or begin further to the right and follow crack system under the roof. Make a move around a blunt bulge below the roof, watch for loose blocks on top. Get underneath the roof at the base of the finger crack. Plug some bomber gear and fire the roof pull. Follow the intermittent crack as it wanders around the face then slightly up and right. Make a short traverse left once high up on the face to some large horizontal features. Make a tough move up using the few hold options available (crux). Continue heading up and slightly left to the base of a dead tree. Once there, traverse directly to the right to a set of camo'ed bolts.

Location

This is one of the last routes at the Catwalk. There is an obvious alcove with several crack systems. This is the furthest most left crack in that alcove. Look for the white/tan rock that is unique.

Protection

Standard rack of cams, nuts, and tri-cams with emphasis on the medium sized gear. Rappel or lower from two bolts with carabiners. A 60m will get you down.

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JohnWesely
Red River Gorge
 
[Hide Comment] One of the dirtiest climbs I have ever done. Aug 17, 2012
TomCaldwell
Clemson, S.C.
  5.9
[Hide Comment] I don't remember this one being particularly dirty. There are other moderate climbs in that area that may have a similar descriptions. We did this right after a rain, when you would expect it to be at its worse and it was the driest line on the wall. Several slopey moves up high that I would be very difficult if dirty. If you want to see dirtiest line on that wall, do the upper portion of Statutory Rape. Some of the finger jams are in mud. That climb has to be excavated after every rain. Aug 20, 2012
JohnWesely
Red River Gorge
 
[Hide Comment] I did it a few years ago, so maybe it has cleaned up. When I did it, every single move after the crux was pretty crunchy. Aug 27, 2012