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Bat Shit Crazy T 
Birthday Pickle T 
Bolder Problem in Space (free) T 
Boulder Problem in the Sky T 
Great Gig in the Sky T 
Hanging Gardens T 
Hard Up for Cracks T 
Lopper, The T 
S.O.S. T 
Vaporizer, The T 

Southwest Corner Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: andjoely on Oct 4, 2010
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Golden hour of boulder problem in the sky area.

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The southwest corner also known as the boulder problem in the sky area in the Shull / Lambert Guide has some excellent well protected short climbs with a short approach.

Getting There 

From the parking lot, hike the main hikers trail / old logging road for about 600 feet until the trail splits with steep steps going up to the right. Follow the path with these steps for about 1500 feet for several switchbacks until at the corner of a switchback you are along the ridgeline. This is where the trail to the main southeast face goes down. Continue another 50 feet along the hikers trail and follow a faint climber’s path to the right along the base of a cool boulder and to the wall. Boulder Problem in the sky climbs the obvious corner.

Climbing Season

For the Whiteside Mountain area.

Weather station 3.0 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Southwest Corner

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Southwest Corner:
Bat Shit Crazy   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 240'   
Boulder Problem in the Sky   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 220'   
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Great Gig in the Sky 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b  North Carolina : Whiteside Mountain : Southwest Corner
Thanks to Tom for rekindling my interest in this wall. Hands down one of the wildest lines of its kind in the area, and very reminiscent of the Fire Wall routes of Moore's Wall. P-1Climb the easy starting corner of Boulder Problem in the Sky to the ledge ~40' up and belay on gear. 5.7P-2Climb the main Boulder Problem corner about 30' before moving out right on big holds to a weakness trending right. Climb this to a short lieback that tu...[more]   Browse More Classics in North Carolina

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Rock Climbing Photo: Brian following a route that traverses out from th...
Brian following a route that traverses out from th...
Rock Climbing Photo: mid December storms
mid December storms
Rock Climbing Photo: Damp and chilly.
Damp and chilly.
Rock Climbing Photo: Up the SW Corner...many options out of the corner.
Up the SW Corner...many options out of the corner.

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By andjoely
From: Menlo Park, CA
Oct 8, 2010
Routes in this area from left to right:

1. Unknown Corner, 5.8
2. Airlie Gardens, 5.10a
3. SOS, 5.10b
4. The Vaporizer, 5.12b
5. Boulder Problem in the Sky, 5.11a
6. Boulder Problem in Space, 5.8 A4
7. Hard Up for Cracks, 5.11a