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Location: NC : Whiteside Mountain : Southwest Corner : Bolder Problem in Space (fr... (5.11+) : Photo
By: nbrown When: Nov 1, 2016

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Comments: Excellent shot!

Location: NC : Whiteside Mountain : Left of main southeast face : Treat (5.10+)
By: nbrown When: Oct 26, 2016

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Comments: No new bolts. You must have been on one of the lines downhill to the right - there are about 4 or 5 mixed ones.

Location: NC : Cedar Rock : Cedar Rock - North : Dandy Line (5.8+)
By: nbrown When: Oct 14, 2016

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Comments: Excellent route! Similar to the first 2 pitches of the Womb in style (mostly finger crack), and easily as good as those pitches. If it's dry, do it. One 60 meter is just enough to get down.

Location: NC : Rumbling Bald : Cereal Buttress : Mid-Life Crisis (5.9+ PG13)
By: nbrown When: Oct 12, 2016

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Comments: This kind of thing is becoming all too common around here - I recently replaced 2 bolt hangers on the most popular route at Cathey's Creek. Same issue with several sets of anchor 'biners both there and at looking glass. The fact that it seems to be most prevalent at the very crags where climbers depend on fixed gear the most speaks to this new era of entitlement. Sean, next time I'm there I'll put one back on and mak... more >>

Location: NC : Linville Gorge : Gold Coast Cliffs : The Underworld : Photo
By: nbrown When: Sep 11, 2016

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Comments: Eric,

Sorry to hear you guys were unable to find the underworld. I drew the best approach on your map in red -- it's pretty much the only way people access it. Directions to the parking spot are listed on the main gold coast page as well as in my comments above. But for whatever reason they're still not listed on this page yet.
Rock Climbing Photo: Underworld

Location: NC : Looking Glass Rock : East Face/Guides Wall (Lef... : Unknown face right (5.10)
By: nbrown When: May 31, 2016

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Comments: This is a ways right of the bolts. Maybe 75' or so. The line listed as unknown 5.9 pg13 is the one with the bolts (2 sets) on it. The route you posted should be left of that as well.

Location: NC : Cathey's Creek Crag : The Cave : Old Crow (5.11-)
By: nbrown When: May 26, 2016

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Comments: Kyle, I added loctite on this route. I generally prefer not to use it on the FA (new bolts). That's because new placements usually develop some wiggle room under the hangers as the rock beneath them wears, requiring further tightening to fix spinning hangers. Loctite or lock-nuts can make subsequent tightening of nuts problematic for wedge type anchor (i.e. disengaging the wedges).

Location: NC : Cathey's Creek Crag : The Cave : Old Crow (5.11-)
By: nbrown When: Mar 17, 2016

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Comments: Bolt 3 hanger has been fixed.

By: nbrown When: Feb 3, 2016

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Comments: 1. Clip the bolt-end biner where the spine rests against the rock (or flip it over). Or simply clip the ring instead (these anchors tend to gouge biners anyway). Prevents breaking the nose of the biner as well as accidental opening of the gate should it be pushed against the wall (the latter situation is largely reduced with modern notch-gate biners).

2. Untwist the draws. Twisted draws will want to naturally untwist, resulting in a twisted rope or either a rope unclipping itself from them (hap... more >>

Location: NC : Linville Gorge : Sitting Bear : Sitting Bear Spire : Unknown 12a (5.12a)
By: nbrown When: Aug 24, 2015

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Comments: Rebolted this one today. The old bolts looked horrendous but actually weren't as bad as they appeared. Much better now though.

Location: NC : Linville Gorge : Gold Coast Cliffs : The Underworld
By: nbrown When: Aug 19, 2015

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Comments: Taylor,
This pic of the Gold Coast shows the northern "canyons". The Underworld is just a bit south (left in picture) of what you can see in this photo. The best approach takes the shortcut shown here on the left side of the pic (down from the high ridge), and those directions are posted on the main Gold Coast page. Just be prepared for a potentially raging bushwhack if no one's been through there lately. Once at the RJ trail walk south for maybe 5-10 minutes (haven't been there in a while so do... more >>

Location: NC : Linville Gorge : Sitting Bear : Sitting Bear Spire : Original Route (5.9)
By: nbrown When: Aug 13, 2015

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Comments: Two of the bolts on this line were updated in '96 with carbon steel 5 pieces. They're quite rusty but probably still pretty bomber. The other two (original bolts) are about 50 years old and should not be trusted - and they're not needed if you place a bit of gear next to them, as mentioned above.

The first bolt shown out right in the picture is on a different route that no ones really does. It was a squeeze job of mine and has recently been removed.

The original start uses a stopper in the in... more >>

Location: NC : Linville Gorge : Conley Cove : Photo
By: nbrown When: Jul 2, 2015

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Comments: Jonathan - yes, that's the one.

Location: NC : Moore's Wall : Hanging Garden : Stars and Bars (5.12b)
By: nbrown When: Jun 22, 2015

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Comments: Cool, that makes sense. Thanks for the beta!

Location: NC : Moore's Wall : Sentinel Buttress : Circus Wall : Bimbo's Bulge (5.10+)
By: nbrown When: Jun 20, 2015

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Comments: Did this route today and found the roof to be mid 5.11. There is a good small pocket/edge at the base of where the old hold used to be. I moved more left under the roof than usual and used the pocket for a right handhold to make the big reach. Also, you can get a finger size cam above your head if you want to top rope the move. This route climbs almost the same as before, just with a bigger reach from a smaller hold. Fun stuff!

Location: NC : Linville Gorge : Linville River Crag : Casual Corner (5.10)
By: nbrown When: Jun 5, 2015

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Comments: The big loose block (that most people pulled on) near the top was trundled a while back making for a safer but slightly more interesting move.

Location: NC : Linville Gorge : Gold Coast Cliffs : Moonshine Canyon : Photo
By: nbrown When: Apr 20, 2015

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Comments: For reference: The Underworld is the steep wall at the top of this photo.

Location: NC : Cathey's Creek Crag
By: nbrown When: Mar 10, 2015

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Comments: A few days ago there was a report of two bolts pulling out at Catheys Creek Crag. Today I had a chance to go inspect and here’s what I found: ALL hardware intact and accounted for. I did not climb every route, but could easily count each bolt on every route, and they were all there. Short of someone putting the two pulled bolts back into the bolt hole and re-setting them (highly unlikely), or perhaps an undocumented obscure line off to the side (also highly unlikely), I found no issues of conc... more >>

Location: NC : Linville Gorge : Shortoff - Upper Wall : Blue Nude (5.11c/d) : Photo
By: nbrown When: Feb 9, 2015

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Comments: Okay, thanks for the clarification.

Location: NC : Linville Gorge : Shortoff - Upper Wall : Going for Baroque (5.10)
By: nbrown When: Feb 8, 2015

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Comments: The pin on the original start fell out in my hand today. However, I managed to excavate enough rock from that crack to open up a bomber .75 camelot slot instead. Regardless, it's probably better and safer to climb the left start anyway.

Location: NC : Linville Gorge : Shortoff - Upper Wall : Stiff Upper Lip (5.11+)
By: nbrown When: Feb 7, 2015

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Comments: Thanks, got it.

Location: NC : Linville Gorge : Shortoff - Upper Wall : Blue Nude (5.11c/d) : Photo
By: nbrown When: Feb 7, 2015

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Comments: Bruce, isn't matisse down on the far right side of the main wall? If I got them wrong I'll change it.

Location: South Carolina : Table Rock : Main Face : Peelin' Feelin' (5.10c/d PG13)
By: nbrown When: Nov 22, 2014

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Comments: There is a harder 2 bolt variation just left of the wide corner. It goes at about 11b or so and is a good alternative if the crack is wet or if you don't have big cams. Also, there is an un-named 11b/c route that climbs straight off the anchor (right of Peelin's second pitch) to a separate anchor -- This is fun but not as good as Peelin'.

Location: NC : Cedar Rock : Cedar Rock - Main Wall : Sibling Revelry (5.11c)
By: nbrown When: Nov 20, 2014

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Comments: The second pitch of this thing is super cool!

Sean, here's the plaque:

Rock Climbing Photo: The Plaque
The Plaque

Location: NC : Cedar Rock : Cedar Rock - North : Route of Northern Aggressio... (5.11 A1)
By: nbrown When: Nov 18, 2014

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Comments: I did the first 2 pitches a couple weeks ago, and I think that short of two moves on pitch 2, the route is very doable in the 11 range. However, getting into the dihedral is probably 12+, and there is a blank face move up high that would likely be harder. It's an awesome feature and someone should go free this thing! Pitch 3 looks fun but I haven't gotten to it yet.

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