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Warfare area (Upper Cookbook)

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Warfare area (Upper Cookbook) Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: S Tart on Oct 25, 2013
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Repelling to the ground from the Warfare area.


The Warfare Area offers a unique climbing experience but is not for the faint of heart. It is otherworldly, eerie and untamed while standing out as one of the most beautiful climbing areas in the piedmont, as the veiw and atmosphere are indeed amazing. The climbing is exceptionally steep and powerful with no route weighting in at less than 5.12. Located over 100' off the ground, sure footing and caution are needed to navigate the jagged terrain. Be mindful of knocking off rocks if other climbers are down below or bouldering up the slab and there is a repel station to the far right which can be used to belay the slab if necessary.
Due to unusual conditions via the Cookbooks shape, cool/shady mornings, exposure and altitude, 50 - 52 degrees is the general baseline temperature range for climbing comfortably in the Cookbook. And if the wind becomes a factor, as it often does in the winter months, it can get brittle cold in a hurry. The rest of Cooks can be climbed in lower temperatures.

Getting There 

From the Lower Cookbook (Emla Area), boulder 80' up the slab to access the 'upper deck'. The upper deck is a series of catwalks with the central gathering spot being around a huge boulder on the largest part of the ledge, underneath the route Spiritual Warfare. All routes in this area start off of this ledge system.

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Weather station 4.6 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Warfare area (Upper Cookbook)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Warfare area (Upper Cookbook):
Spiritual Warfare   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Spiritual Warfare 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  North Carolina : Cooks Wall : ... : Warfare area (Upper Cook...
Spiritual Warfare is the namesake route of the Warfare area. This line came by its name honestly; as the first route here, it was our introduction to the inevitable head game of climbing on the upper wall. It felt so intimidating that we said you had to engage in spiritual warfare to climb it. It quickly became the area classic and is the centerpiece of the Warfare area.Start right of the big boulder and veer left up the slab through a v-slot. A nice overhanging face section leads to t...[more]   Browse More Classics in North Carolina

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By nbrown
From: western NC
Oct 30, 2013
Seth, it's good to see more routes at Cooks these days. I haven't been there myself for nearly a decade, but all the new action it's receiving has gotten me interested in another visit one of these days.

On a similar note: Has anyone found the obscure 2 bolt (I think) line I did up on the wall above the cookbook area (and slightly to the east of here)? Kind of a hidden wall which is why I was curious if anything else had been done up there.
By Edward Medina
From: Ridgway, CO
Oct 31, 2013
Let me know when you come Mr. Brown. I'd love a guided tour.

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