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Perplexus S,TR 
Pteranodon S 
Slabsters Direct S,TR 
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Snag, The S 
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Top That Direct S 
Toxic Shock S 
Whining, The S 

Hidden Wall Rock Climbing 

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Steep, small and secluded, the Hidden Wall offers some real gems. Most routes are 5.10 or harder and bolted.

Getting There 

Park at the Sparrow Springs visitor center, fill out a permit and then take the Crowder's Trail back toward Freedom Mill Road. Cross Freedom Mill and follow signs for the rock top trail. After the rock top trail turns right and splits off from the Crowder's trail, follow the faint trail between the yellow sign and the red sign. Soon the trail will make a hard left and you will see the beginning of the cliffline. Continue down the trail until you see the main cliff on the left with most of the sport climbs. High step up onto the trail and it will deposit you right below top that direct, elastic rebound theory and the whining.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.4 miles from here

20 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Hidden Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Hidden Wall:
Path to Extinction   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Top That Direct   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Elastic Rebound Theory   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Toxic Shock   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
The Whining   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Slabsters Lament   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Stark Whining   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Slabsters Direct   5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b PG13     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Terrorist   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Slabsters Direct 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b PG13  North Carolina : Crowders Mountain : Hidden Wall
Start is just right of the Slabsters Lament. Stick clip the first bolt on the blank looking face. Climb hard reachy moves to the second bolt. Then trend left and up to the overhang of slabsters lament and finish on slabsters....[more]   Browse More Classics in North Carolina

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By Ben Griffin
From: Durango, CO
Dec 23, 2014
Why are there so many pg13 and R rated climbs out there? Or what makes so many of the routes pg13 or R rated? I usually imagine large run outs between protection with ground fall potential or hitting a ledge. Bad bolts or spicey gear?
By Chris Little
Jul 27, 2017
I have a good Hidden Wall story. A bunch of us were sitting at the table in The Mitey Gus's apartment. He was telling us about going up the trail to the Hidden Wall. (The usual method was to drop off everybody and the packs at the side of the road, just a short walk from the wall. The driver would park the vehicle and walk the long trail, un-encumbered by a heavy pack.) Gus had parked his old Oldsmobile after dropping off the others, and was going up the trail. It was a fine spring morning, and he was so happy to be going to The Hidden Wall. Being unable to resist the enchantment of the season, he started to skip. He skipped around a bend in the trail, and to his horror saw a young couple sitting on a bench, their heads turned to the approaching sound of Gus's car keys. From their prospective, around the bend came the lovely sight of Gus Glitch; clad in naught but his most stylish lycras and his tattoos, a halo of spring mist around his mullet. His car keys jangled a merry minuet. For a split second, Gus panicked. But keeping his cool, he just skipped down the trail out of sight. No doubt the young lovers turned to each other in awe, knowing they had joined the rare group of people who had seen space aliens, Yetis, unicorns, or in this case, The Mitey Gus Glitch. Scott really told us this story. No telling what you will see there.

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