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Routes in Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs

Browns Creek Falls T WI4
Crescent T WI3-
Left Brain Right Brain T WI3- R
Left Wishbone T WI3-
Left Wishbone (Rock Scramble) T 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b
Potato Hill Direct WI2- M1-2 R
Right Wishbone T 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b WI3-
Royal Air T V-easy 3 WI4-5 R
Taj (Left and Right Variations), The T WI3- R
Y Gully T WI3
Type: Trad, Ice, Alpine, 800 ft, 3 pitches, Grade III
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Stephen Scoff on Dec 25, 2013
Admins: Ryan Williams, Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry

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Description

Ascend the initial steep section and about 150’ of grade II to the 100'’ tiered pillars. Ascend this and polish the route off with a few lower angle pitches (probably best to rap after the steep pitch). Walk and rap the route.
[Second Pitch Variation (WI 4): Occasionally a 30 foot free hanging sickle forms up and just left of the tiered pillars. Mix it up behind the pillar, pass a fixed pin/gear placements, mount the ice and crank to the top.]

Location

Travel South on NC 80 from Micaville.
Turn right on 1157 and bear right onto 1156.
Take 1156 to the Woody Ridge Trail Head. We often camp in the woods here or better yet continue on 1157 to the end of the road for a flatter/quieter sleeping spot.
The Woody Ridge Trail begins with ascending logging road switchbacks and then flattens out as it moves north. The trail reaches a large flat shoulder and begins to steeply ascend the mountain side. Leave the trail here by continuing to head North on the flat roads crossing several springs and small streams. Cross a major stream and then another. The road ends here (at this second major creek crossing) and a faint trail begins climbing the hillside up the mountain. Stay close to the creak until you locate a 25' waterfall. This is the Brown's Creek route. Crescent starts behind the rock buttress to the left of Brown's Creek.

Protection

Screws, slings, and light rock rack

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