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Stone Wall Action

5.11, Trad, 400 ft (121 m), 4 pitches,  Avg: 3.8 from 6 votes
FA: Winter 1990 CC .& DB.
S Carolina > Table Rock SP > Table Rock > Main Face

Description

The first technical line done on this wall which was illegal to climb on at the time of FA in early 1990. Good Granite & no crowds at the time to say the least!
The first 3 pitches each will have a crux with the third pitch runout to the belay but on easy / moderate typical southern slab climbing. Four pitches total to the top.

Location

In the center of face just below a right facing corner that is obvious. Enjoy!

Protection

Some bolts placed off hooks with a standard rack.

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Eric on the beautiful 2nd pitch dihedral of Stone Wall Action
[Hide Photo] Eric on the beautiful 2nd pitch dihedral of Stone Wall Action
Tom nearing the end of pitch 1
[Hide Photo] Tom nearing the end of pitch 1
Doc following first pitch on FA. early 90.
[Hide Photo] Doc following first pitch on FA. early 90.
The original topo that Doc gave Scott McCook and me for the 2nd or 3rd ascent (?) in 1990-1991.
[Hide Photo] The original topo that Doc gave Scott McCook and me for the 2nd or 3rd ascent (?) in 1990-1991.

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Mr Singleton
Golden, CO
[Hide Comment] Amazing line. A true testament to Doc and CC's mental game and physical prowess. Not a route to be taken lightly. Tom Caldwell and I replaced the sling and biners on the anchor of P2 as well as all the nuts on the anchor of P3. I look forward to redpointing this southern classic! Nov 22, 2014
Tom Caldwell
Clemson, S.C.
  5.11d R
[Hide Comment] What an amazing route! This adventure is not to be taken lightly. The harder climbing is well protected, but the moderate stuff not so much. I would recommend a rack of small gear to a #2 or #3, tricams, nuts, and doubles in the finger size. P3 requires one small piece of gear up high to take some of the sting out of the runout. So you can leave some weight with your belayer for this long sustained pitch.

Getting there: walk the base of the headwall until the ledge ends at a slab apron. The dihedral is easy to see above this.

P1: Start on some blocks out right and traverse the horizontal to get under the start of P1. Trend up and left towards two bolts and finish higher up in the corner where you can build a solid trad anchor. 11a, 9/10aR

P2: Climb the corner to the roof and traverse right under it. The crux sequence starts at the first bolt and continues until you hit the ledge. It is bouldery and sustained thin crimping, but safe. 11d/V4

P3: Climb up the bowl and clip the first bolt. Then get into a very difficult and sustained section that almost feels like water groove stemming. Keep clipping bolts as you trend up and right. Make a really difficult standup move to get to the first rest at the 3rd bolt. After this, the protection starts to spread out. Getting to the last bolt is quite exciting. Continue up to the gear anchor at the large ledge. 11d/+, 8R

P4: Head straight up and left clipping two bolts and b-line it to the trees at the top above. There is a new SS anchor at the top.

Descent: Rap the climb using anchors and two ropes. Nov 23, 2014
Mr Singleton
Golden, CO
[Hide Comment] Well said Thomas. Nov 25, 2014
Tom Caldwell
Clemson, S.C.
  5.11d R
[Hide Comment] P2, P3, and P4 now have SS anchors. Nov 21, 2017
Mike R
 
[Hide Comment] Just amazing. Thanks Tom Caldwell for replacing anchors and Carolina Climbers Coalition for working to open this cliff year-round!!
P3 felt like 11d crux. P2 as well... but maybe P2 a tad easier? P2 seemed fairly well protected considering the runs on the other pitches. Nov 22, 2020