Avg: 2.5 from 2 votes
|Type:||Trad, 700 ft (212 m), 8 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||Bob Rotert and Butch Palmer 1976|
|Page Views:||659 total · 27/month|
|Shared By:||Bob Rotert on Aug 14, 2019|
|Admins:||Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry|
As of 2021, there is a new online method for acquiring day and annual passes to Whitesides here: recreation.gov/activitypass…. $3 for a day pass, $15 for an annual pass.
Description taken with liberty from Thomas Kelley climbers guide to North Carolina. As I thought his guide might have better details then my memory 45 plus years after the FA.
Pro may now be available with modern gear.
- Pitch1 same as Original Route no Pro 5.7 Go right on tree ledge until directly below huge tree ledge 275’ above.
- Pitch 2 climb 160' feet No Pro to belay in crack. 5.6
- Pitch 3 go straight up to tree and belay No Pro. 5.4
- Pitch 4 climb straight up aiming for a flake below overhang. mantel on top of flake, traverse right and pull overhang. Scramble through bushes to a belay. No Pro 5.7
- Pitch 5 Move to left end of ledge and do a rising traverse left 15’ to a crack that can seen above the belay in a right facing dihedral, continue up and belay in a cave at the top of the crack. Bolt belay I think. 5.5 (this pitch aims for and climbs the obvious right facing corner feature that takes up up to a ledge and with an overhang. What Thomas is calling a cave.
- Pitch 6 Climb up out of cave? then traverse left 15’ to a crack. Climb up and back right for 15’ to a bolt. From there straight up to a tree belay. 5.11 R or A2. FA party used one point of aid. FFA by Lee Munson and Todd Wells 1986
- Pitch 7 No Pro traverse left 150 feet then climb back up and right for 40 feet mantle on a flake climb up the vegetation locate at fixed pin at the Belay. 5.7
- Pitch 8 Finishes up last pitch of The Original Route