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Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs

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L to R R to L Alpha
Browns Creek Falls T 
Crescent  T 
Left Brain Right Brain T 
Left Wishbone T 
Left Wishbone (Rock Scramble) T 
Potato Hill Direct 
Royal Air T 
Taj (Left and Right Variations), The T 
Y Gully  T 
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Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs Rock Climbing 


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Location: 35.7946, -82.24703 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Ryan Williams, Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Stephen Scoff on Dec 25, 2013
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Celo Photo courtesy of Brandon Calloway

Description 

North Carolina's Black Mountain Range probably holds the best alpine snow and ice routes in the Southeast. These routes are huge with 3K+ elevation change, 1 to 4 hour approaches (and descents), humbling bushwhacking, and hundreds to a thousand plus plus feet of everything from steep snow to technical ice.
The remote and committing nature of these routes require a pre dawn start, map, compass, and/or GPS, and the knowledge to use them (i.e., waypoint your vehicle).


An accident up there would require a helicopter short haul and more than one party had to call the Yancy County Sheriff's Department for assistance...

Please give these routes and the range the respect they deserve.

Getting There 

Trailheads and bushwhacking starting points are located off of roads accessed via highway 80 South of Micaville. See routes for specific approaches.

Please refer to the South Toe River, Mount Mitchell, and Big Ivy Trail Map (Pisgah National Forest).

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 2.8 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs:
Crescent    WI3-     Trad, Ice, Alpine, 5 pitches, 1500'   
Left Wishbone   WI3-     Trad, Ice, Alpine, 4 pitches, 2000'   
Browns Creek Falls   WI4     Trad, Ice, Alpine, 3 pitches, 800'   
Y Gully    WI3     Trad, Ice, Alpine, 10 pitches, 2000'   
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs

Featured Route For Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs
Rock Climbing Photo: Feb 2013 Conditions

Crescent WI3-  North Carolina : Black Mountain Range Alpine...
Possibly the best of the Celo routes. Ascend the large left facing corner to the more obvious ice. Climb, scramble and occasionally walk to the end of the slide. Pick up the sawed trail (re-cut as of 12/2012) at its very end and head to the top. Descend the Woody Ridge Trail (be sure to follow the WR trail across the rock step near the top)....[more]   Browse More Classics in North Carolina

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By Stephen Scoff
From: Columbia, South Carolina
Dec 25, 2013
More routes to follow....
By george wilkey
From: travelers rest sc
Dec 25, 2013
this is great stuff Stephen. really appreciate you adding this to MP.
By Robert Hoffman
Aug 6, 2016
If someone had to provide guidance for most skiable slide - which would it be?
By Brian Abram
From: Celo, NC
Aug 10, 2016
Robert,

Left Wishbone is for sure the most skiable, at least from the base of the obvious upper rock slab that I've never seen deep enough to be worth doing. Crescent sucks for skiing. Here is a pic of Crescent with skis:

instagram.com/p/BBE_YZWLgH9/
By Mitch Redford
Aug 23, 2017
Any recommendations on what tools or ice axes would be good for these routes?
By Josh Whitmore
Aug 28, 2017
Mitch,

For all these routes, the best options are two technical ice tools like BD Viper, Petzl Quark/Nomic, Camp Cassin X-all mountain. Most of this stuff is low angle thin ice with only occasional small steps of vertical ice, so you don't really need the most aggressively curved tools meant more for hard ice and mixed routes. People have also climbed these routes with two straight shaft mountaineering axes with wrist leashes, but that's also not the best option. Of course, you'll also need crampons with front points and appropriate boots to accommodate them. You'll need to be prepared to solo long exposed sections of low angle ice. Most people tackling these routes feel comfortable soloing WI2 grade and only rope up for the short steeper sections of WI3 or above. I hope that helps!

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