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B-52 T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Bamboozled T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Bat's Ass T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Bloody Crack T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Catch Me Now I'm Falling T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R
Chaos Out of Control T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Dinkus Dog T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Enigma, The T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Fat Dog T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
First Return T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Gemini Crack T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Good Intentions T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Left Up T 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Legacy, The T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Lichen or Not T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Mettle Detector T 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Parachute Woman T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Rat's Ass T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Right Up T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Second Coming T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Sentry Box Ledge Direct T,TR 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
Short Man's Sorrow T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Slug, The T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Southender T 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Unfinished Concerto T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Windwalker T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Zodiac T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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Type: Trad, 200 ft, 2 pitches
FA: Jeff Lorch, Karsten Delap, December 2015
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Shared By: Karsten Delap on Dec 13, 2015
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The route goes directly up from the Sentry Box Ledge Rappel rings. Start on small crimpers to a flake that provides some bad protection. Move past the flake on some small crips and smears to a delicate move into an eyebrow under cling. Once you establish your feet paddle up to belay at the bulge on ring anchors. From the bulge stand carefully on the flake and move up through eyebrows that are a bit run out. Join First Return and head to the rappel station.

(edit March 27, 2016) The route now has 2 bolts and a set of anchors for a much more appealing and safe adventure.

Rappel with one 70m rope.


The route starts directly off the rings on Sentry Box Ledge between First Return and Gemini.


smaller cams to #2 BD. Offsets could be helpful.


Travis Weil
Brevard, NC
Travis Weil   Brevard, NC
This route is fun and engaging. With the bolts it is a fairly safe lead but they are spaced enough that you need to keep your head. The crux section has some fun technical face/slab climbing that you may need to figure out your sequence. Apr 2, 2016
With the addition of this new anchor, can you now rap from the standard south side rap station in 3 single rope raps? Apr 13, 2016
Karsten Delap
North Carolina
Karsten Delap   North Carolina
Bruce, you can rap with a single 60m rope. It is tight though and one should have knots at the end. A single 70m gives you plenty!

Hope you like the route! Apr 19, 2016
Johnkelley Kelley
Juneau, AK
Johnkelley Kelley   Juneau, AK
How is this a new route? Jeep climbed it in the 80's and it was also led a few times in the 90's. What's up with the retro bolts on it? Haven't they been chopped and replaced a few times? Usually people start to get a clue when their bolts get chopped but apparently not in this case. Feb 21, 2017
Karsten Delap
North Carolina
Karsten Delap   North Carolina
I have chatted with Jeep before the bolts were ever put up. Jeep said he didn't climb the route. I also checked with many others. No one climbed this route on lead. Those that are saying they did (mainly Drew) could never have done it. I even have a statement from him saying that he thought it was a squeeze job, hence he hasn't climbed the route.
But yes even i climbed the route on TR many times. Mar 3, 2017
The first day I saw this route photo posted I commented that I had climbed it - historically it was listed as a TR - in Thomas Kelly's old guidebook - I'm pretty sure that I led it with John McRae (Crusty) and or Jason Strickland who works for Osprey Packs. I also led it with some Camp Pinnacle kids in the late 90s or early 00s. I am not sure why K.D. did not believe me that the line had been led by me and by others before me. He certainly did not get real community consensus for this by talking to people such as Bryan Haslam, Harrison Shull, etc. Why he re-installed (or had the bolts reinstalled) is at best un-clear - the top anchor is truly a convenience anchor - for many many years we have successfully used the station (tree and now bolts) at the top of the mountain. This new anchor primarily is used for top-roping and I feel that that's why he put it there. He is very very defensive about this. I have not climbed with John Kelly in a long long time but he is the real deal by the way. Mar 13, 2017
Johnkelley Kelley
Juneau, AK
Johnkelley Kelley   Juneau, AK
Like I already told you... This is not a new route.

Calling everyone who disagrees with your bullshit claim of it being a FA a liar is pathetically weak but I understand that it's your only defense...

I see you dodged the question about the retro bolts. Most people start to figure it out after their bolts get the chop but apparently not you... Mar 14, 2017
i think that the route and the top rope anchors will eventually be removed for a final time but it may take a year or more of processing. I have promised the CCC that I would not remove them again myself and I also am concerned about defacing the rock at this point. The most important take away from this is that we DO NOT embrace so called top-down technique - I have climbed other routes in NC that were established this way and the bolts are all wrong (Manatee Fluid at LK is a good example - Manatee was originally led ground up by Mike Fischesser and crew in the 80s but when we did the LK re-bolting, the bolts were removed and put back in top down in an effort to get them better - - now they are somewhat weird and don't coordinate with natural stances (still a great route) but the point is that top down is not some sort of way in which to improve what we have in NC). Ground up FAs should be the gold standard at LG and throughout WNC. Mar 19, 2017
Johnkelley Kelley
Juneau, AK
Johnkelley Kelley   Juneau, AK
The real legacy of North Carolina climbing is a tradition ground up ethic.

In this case a known route (it's even listed in the old guide as a TR) was rehearsed on top rope, retro bolted on rappel, and over graded... everything about this route is wrong. Right down to the name which is an insult to the history of North Carolina climbing. Mar 20, 2017
Karsten Delap
North Carolina
Karsten Delap   North Carolina

I actually new the route had been TR'ed. And I have the guide book pic from Bryan Haslam as well as a conversation where he also said it had been TR'ed but never lead and "that if I did lead it, it was mine". I also lead it with out the bolts first. I posted it, it was up for 4 months on here before I put the bolts on the route and the anchors. No comments, radio silence. Then I put bolts in and Drew comes out of the wood work. I actually have a comment of where Drew didn't even know the route when I posted it before putting bolts on it and his comment was "looks like a squeeze job".

I also didn't grade the Route, but got a consensus on that as well before posting.

I also talked very long with Ron Funderburke (The AAC education director) about doing this route, how to go about it, if it was in NC "style", he just wasn't available the day I went to do the first free ascent.

I am sorry if you feel that NC has some sort of ethic. All I have seen in my 15 years here is talk about ethic. To me, if you have drilled a hole in this stone, you can not preach ethic, as you have already brought the climbing down to your level, so you must now not judge others.

If you would like to meet up sometime let me know. I would love to have a beer and a longer conversation.


Karsten Delap Mar 23, 2017
Karsten Delap
North Carolina
Karsten Delap   North Carolina
and one more thing, I have only put the bolts up once, the community keeps putting them back. So not my doing, but of course always appreciated. Mar 23, 2017
Johnkelley Kelley
Juneau, AK
Johnkelley Kelley   Juneau, AK
First off this is not a new route. I know it was climbed in the mid 90's. Either way adding a set of anchor bolts to an existing route is wrong. The anchor you added is right on Gemini Cracks. The anchor is also being used to TR First Return now too.

I'm guessing that these new TR anchors make it easier for your guide service to operate there?

Since you brought up Ron the AAC education director... are you claiming that the AAC is in support of this? Didn't Ron work for you? Seems like a huge conflict of interest

Another thing that you pointed out is that the "community" keeps removing (chopping) your retro bolts. It's funny you don't seem to get that Apr 7, 2017
Karsten Delap
North Carolina
Karsten Delap   North Carolina
The bolts are not close to Gemini. You would know this if you had climbed it, but of course you live in AZ. In fact, if you would traverse to the bolts you would miss the good climbing on Gemini.

No the bolts don't help the guide services in anyway. However they do help the rescue teams as now folks don't call for a rescue when they only have one rope.

I guess they do help traffic as it is much more efficient for folks to get down now as you only need one rope.

And yes, Ron was actually going to put the route up with me but he had to leave and we never got too.

I have only put the bolts and anchors in once. The community keeps putting them back up when folks who don't care about our resources continue to chop them.

Cheers John! May 1, 2017
Russ Keane
Asheville, NC
Russ Keane   Asheville, NC
Not to jump in the middle of this, but I can confirm this new anchor does not affect First Return or Gemini Crack. It could not be used for top roping First Return.

The nice thing is, you can now rap from the top with one rope. This anchor is perfectly plumb on the rappel line at halfway. It's always nice climbing with one rope if possible. Aug 2, 2017
Johnkelley Kelley
Juneau, AK
Johnkelley Kelley   Juneau, AK
Are you claiming that your guide service does not use the (so called) Legacy anchors to TR a variation of Gemeni off of Sentry Box Ledge?

#2 I don't live in AZ

#3 I've climbed there plenty. Actually I learned to climb there. Long before your pathetic excuse for a guide service was around Aug 25, 2017
Stephen McKinney
Columbia, SC
Stephen McKinney   Columbia, SC
The top right side of the flake at the start is loose. Aug 13, 2018
Eric Gavaletz
San Francisco, CA
Eric Gavaletz   San Francisco, CA
Having the bolts with rap rings to allow for a single rope rappel off of Second Coming was great. As someone who is visiting (flying with gear) it's great to have the option to use a single rope. I understand preserving the experience of the first ascent, but we have to allow for modern standards too. I didn't seen anyone body belaying on a hemp rope tied to their swami belt on the Flatirons this weekend or slugging in pitons on the Nose last week. The climbing in NC was great, and I appreciate the thoughtfulness of the community there; however, there is a difference between gym-bolting a route to avoid any chance of a ground fall and adding bomber anchors to keep people from dying. I love NC, I was born and raised in NC, and I hope to see more routes put up with modern standards/expectations in mind so that I can bring my buddies from out west back to my home to show them how green and beautiful the NC mountains are.

Again, I appreciate the thoughtful debate on this, and this is just my opinion as a visitor, and I am sure some folks will disagree. Sep 10, 2018

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