Type: Trad, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 2000 ft, 10 pitches, Grade IV
FA: Fred Bauer (1986)
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Shared By: Stephen Scoff on Aug 29, 2014
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry

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A monster line just South of Celo. A big day regardless of the conditions you find yourself in.


The huge route seen heading up 1157 towards the Woody Ridge trailhead (See Crescent).

It's best done in considerably snowy conditions to allow for super fun and exposed neve after the ice that avoids A LOT of shwacking.

Park at the Woody Ridge trailhead and begin ascending the logging roads as heading for Crescent. Break left after 15 or so minutes and begin working up Shuford Creek(see Google Maps). Ascend the creek and the mountain to the top of the ice soon after the crux pitch. Taking the right side of the "Y" in snowy conditions is probably the preferred finish.
Once on the ridge find the Black Mountain Crest trail. Head North on the Crest trail until you pick up the Woody Ridge Trail and then back to your vehicle.


ice and slings for trees
Anyone know what BOL stands for? Jan 20, 2015
Stephen Scoff
Columbia, South Carolina
  WI3 Mod. Snow
Stephen Scoff   Columbia, South Carolina
  WI3 Mod. Snow
Bed of Leaves

Mike forgot his sleeping bag the night before the FRA so he built a survival shelter out of a ton of leaves. :) Jan 21, 2015
Robert Branch
Burnsville, NC
  WI3 PG13
Robert Branch   Burnsville, NC
  WI3 PG13
That feature is called the 'Y' gully. It got its first ascent in January 1986 by Fred Bauer, solo. Fred and I found the base of it after I moved to Spruce Pine in March 1984. Fred and I did a couple of pitches up it in December '84 but did not complete the route because of time. I tried soloing it a year later in late December but backed off after I hit a section of ice covered snow which was filled with water. I punctured the shell discharging the water. I was three pitches up. Fred had better conditions and I could not get off work. Jan 23, 2015
Brian Abram
Celo, NC
  WI3 Mod. Snow
Brian Abram   Celo, NC
  WI3 Mod. Snow
This route is mostly rock hopping up the drainage until you hit 5k. From 5k to 6k is really nice, with a short section of WI3++ when we did it.

Feb 10, 2015
munkeybog Sox
Columbia, SC
  WI3+ Mod. Snow
munkeybog Sox   Columbia, SC
  WI3+ Mod. Snow
Hey. I took that photo.
Man, you look good. Almost like... like... like you're going to an Eastern European Disco.

It's a shame the ice was that fat and we didn't even pull the screws out.

Pushing to the crest after the snow gives out is a test of will and navigation through deadfall, rhodo, and icy weeds to your chest. Jan 5, 2016
Kyle Harris
Nashville TN
Kyle Harris   Nashville TN
youtu.be/HvScKJLd0jE Nov 10, 2016