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Middle Finger (backside)

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Bear, The T,TR 
Cub, The T,TR 
Middle Corner T,TR 
Pick-A-Dilly Prow T,TR 
Pick-A-Dilly Prow Variation T,TR 
Pleasant Dreams T,TR 
Prick-a-Digi Ow! T,TR 

Middle Finger (backside) Rock Climbing 

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Location: 35.23491, -81.27419 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Chuck Parks on Feb 1, 2008

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Middle Finger is a ridge of rock that runs north-south. The shorter east face is considered the "backside", whereas the west face is Middle Finger Wall proper. Topropes can be set up from bolts at the top, by carefully scrambling up the ridge from the north end.

Leaders should beware, as the easy routes on this wall have portions of chossy rock.

Getting There 

From the summit trail, take the same fork as for the Fortress area. Instead of descending into the Fortress area, continue on the trail a short way further to another descent that winds to the base of the east face of the Middle Finger (the "backside").

There is also a steep, rocky gully that leads down from the north end of Middle Finger backside toward the vicinity of Two Pitch Wall.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.9 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Middle Finger (backside)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Middle Finger (backside):
Pleasant Dreams   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Pick-A-Dilly Prow Variation   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
Pick-A-Dilly Prow   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Middle Finger Backside  Pick-A-Dilly Prow(5.11)tra...

Pick-A-Dilly Prow 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  North Carolina : Crowders Mountain : ... : Middle Finger (backside)
Lambert and Shull guidebook calls this route "Short but awe-inspiring."Climb past a low crux on steep ground to a blank face where you reach left to large holds on the arete (there is a holly tree in the way there but you have to deal with it). After the initial steep section the ground gets easier. Finish at two bolt anchors. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in North Carolina

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