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YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 250'
Original:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
FA: Will Leverette
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Submitted By: Chuck Parks on Feb 1, 2008

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Popular beginner climb. Many parties do only the first pitch.

P1- Head up the ramp/corner, and then continue up the face, trending left a bit, to bolt anchors. (5.5, 90ft.)

P2- Head up and slightly right toward a big tree at the top. (5.5, 200 ft.)

Descent- Use two 60m ropes to rappel to the P1 anchors from slings around the tree. One 60m rope will get you from the P1 anchors to the ground.


From where the approach trail meets the South Face beneath the Stage Ledge, head about 100 feet to the right. Look for a right-facing corner/ramp with a crack in it.


standard rack, bolts at top of P1, slings and rings on tree at top of P2

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By Joseph Brown
From: Mt. Olive, NJ
Jul 20, 2009
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

There is indeed a 2nd pitch and IMHO a good training ground for new trad leaders (like myself) to rehearse multi-pitch lead-follow techniques before tackling more challenging routes. The view at the top of the ridge isn’t half bad either.

You can go up and to the left of P1 to a small group of trees with a fairly new cordellette and double rap rings around a healthy tree or slant off to the right and further up to the ridge where you'll find a very large tree with a seriously aging rat's nest holding a single rap ring.

The ridge line will take you more than half a 60M rope, so plan on towing a 2nd line or rappelling to the aforementioned clump of trees before rapelling back to P1 anchors.
By Joseph Brown
From: Mt. Olive, NJ
Aug 31, 2009
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

I climbed this route with a new partner yesterday - while we were up at the top, I added another new cordellete & rap ring to the big tree at the top of the route.
By Mike Holley
From: Boone, NC
Oct 18, 2011

As the "Selected Climbs" mentions its a good route if everything else is crowded. Straight forward and fun. A excellent climb for someone who is learning to trad lead or just getting into it. Good gear and easy terrain. It appears to be a route that gets less traffic so it can be dirty at times, buts thats that, "Lichen or Not"!
By Micah Rogers
From: Asheville, NC
Apr 22, 2014

Fun entry-level route. First pitch can be turned into a 5.7 or so if you decide to pull a crimpy move over the first major bulge you reach rather than traversing right and then moving up. This option makes adds two or three slightly tougher moves, and also avoids the water trail if the rock is wet.

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