Type: Trad, 70 ft
FA: Bob Rotert and Ted Anderson 1979
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Shared By: Bob Rotert on May 7, 2015 with updates from Tom Howard
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry

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Anegada Passage, goes thru a left angling overhanging/roof crack/ flake type feature at the end of the Hawks Bill Traverse. Ted Anderson and I did it as a finish to the Hawks Bill traverse around 1979. It was never really documented in the local guide books. However, when checking these out I am guessing this may be the same route that was later called Campbell Crack and claimed as a FA by Doug Reed and Tommy Howard 1983, several years after Ted and I did it. However without having been there in many years I am not certain of that. The description of that climb sounds similar as well as the location given in the topo diagram of Selected Cilmbs in North Carolina and Thomas Kelly's guide to N.C.. Anegada is mentioned in the back of Thomas Kelly's guidebook but I remember him saying he wasn't sure where it was when he wrote that guide so he didn't add it to his diagram of the cliff. As I recall it is a high quality finish and a burly 5.10...

The name comes from a passage in the Caribbean between the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla . Notoriously called the “OH-MY-GOD-A” (Anegada) Passage. It’s a straight in the Caribbean with some depths reaching more than 6,000 feet. Crazy currents flow through from the Atlantic as they feed into the Caribbean Sea and it’s not uncommon for waves to be slamming against the hull from three different directions.I had a very memorable, wild and rough crossing on that passage in a severe storm with my dad in a sailboat one time . It was a wild experience and therefore an inspirational name for this wild climb.

Anegada Passage is a strait in the Caribbean, at 18°22′41″N 63°50′15″W / 18.377986°N 63.837433°W. It separates the British Virgin Islands and the British ruled Sombrero Island of Anguilla.

Tom Howard wrote:
Bob is correct. I always thought that Anegada Passage was a cool 20' horizontal flake crack on the top of Hawks Bill. He described Campbell Crack perfectly. Doug and I will just have to claim the second accent, maybe the third, fourth or fifth, who knows. Bob, thanks for the correction, looking forward to getting together when you visit NC.


The route is on the right side and close to the end the Hawks Bill traverse . When traversing from left to right which is how we used to do it . It can be done as a alternate harder finish .


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Clemson, S.C.
TomCaldwell   Clemson, S.C.
Cool story behind the route name! Thanks for adding some of the history. Jun 12, 2015