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YDS: 5.10- French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 19 pitches, Grade IV
Original:  YDS: 5.10- French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
Season: Spring or Fall
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Submitted By: Brian Abram on Oct 20, 2016

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The Linville Crusher (aka Linville Link Up) is typically described as climbing 6 different routes on 6 distinct formations on the east side of Linville Gorge in a day, hiking/jogging between climbs. The majority of climbers do it north to south, as it's a net elevation loss in that direction. Most folks stash a car at Shortoff and then park at Sitting Bear to start, though a few teams have started at Gingercake Mountain.

The formations and their most commonly done routes are:

Sitting Bear: Original Route (5.9+)
Hawksbill: Lost in Space to Star Trekkin (5.9) or Lost in Space (5.10)
Table Rock: North Ridge (5.6) or Cave Route (5.5)
NC Wall: Bumblebee Buttress (5.8)
Mummy Buttress: Daddy or Mummy (5.6)
Shortoff: Maginot Line (5.7), Paradise Alley (5.9), or Little Corner (5.7)

In the spring and summer when peregrines are nesting, Bumblebee Buttress is closed, so many folks opt to climb either the Mummy or Daddy, and then the Prow (5.4). That's sorta cheating as it makes for a MUCH easier/shorter day, and Apricot Jam (5.10) doesn't close. But whatever: have fun doing it however you like.

I'd also argue that caches are cheating, but if one were inclined to cache some gear or food somewhere, the most logical place would be the Table Rock parking lot.

There may be water in the Amphitheater and then again in the Shortoff descent gully.

A goal for a lot of folks is 10 hours, though few can actually pull that off. 12 hours seems to be the going rate. Pat Goodman did it all solo with one car as an out and back, up and down climbing routes up to 5.11 for 32 pitches and 23 miles in 11:23 car to car.


Park at either Sitting Bear or Wolf Pit Road. The best map for Linville Gorge is:


Varied, depending on how you plan to do it. Nuts, mid-sized cams up to a #2 or #3 Camalot. Water.

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By calebmmallory
From: NC, Seattle, and Hong Kong
Dec 9, 2016

Thanks for putting this up Brian! Still need to do it though.
By Derek DeBruin
Feb 20, 2017

It is also possible to get water at Little Table Rock with a quick detour; when hiking off the summit of Table Rock, instead of following the fork left/south after the switchbacks, go straight ahead/west toward the gorge. At the saddle between Table Rock and Little Table Rock, pop off the trail on the right/north side, where there is often water in the steep drainage.

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