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Straight and Narrow 

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

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 340'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Tom Howard, Bruce Meneghin 1977
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Submitted By: Nick Stayner on Sep 14, 2007

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    One of the more aesthetic lines at Shortoff. Fun, continuous and varied climbing on good horizontals, with a few good locks for good measure. Great gear. Some pitches can be linked.

    p1- Wide crack/chimney sorta thing with a dead tree a short ways up. The guidebook says to stop at this small tree and belay, but I've always continued all the way to a stance where the climbing obviously becomes harder. Also, not that it matters, but this pitch has seemed a lot harder than 5.5! More like 5.7, I think. "5.5", 140'
    p2- Climb a left facing corner and eventually pull out onto the face to the right, at a point when you're underneath a roof. Continue up to a stance with a nice crack shooting off above and through a roof. Belay at this stance. 5.10a, 60 or 70'.
    p3- Climb up the crack and through the roof on hero jugs! Continue running for the top through ever-easier terrain. Shull says this pitch is 140', but it's always seemed like a full 60 m. ropelength to get to the top of the cliff. 5.10a, 200'.


    An obvious "splitter" (such a thing can't really exist in the sea of horizontals that is the Linville Gorge) route a short ways left of Construction Job.


    A standard rack to 3" with an emphasis on smaller stuff. Route has great stopper placements.

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    By Jeff Mekolites
    From: ATL GA
    Oct 8, 2007

    As mentioned, a great way to climb this route is in two pitches: p1 climb/stem the shallow chimney system to just below a roof, 150ish feet, 5.5. p2 climb the above mentioned business - corner, pull roof out onto a crimpy face, to the top of a block/pillar, keep going up the crack system, pull the second roof and belay somewhere on less vertical terrain, 130ish feet, 5.10a.
    By Coz Teplitz
    From: Watertown, MA
    Oct 11, 2007

    One of my favorite routes anywhere! I usually do it in two pitches to the top: One long one to a ledge just below the start of the harder climbing (just below the 5.9+ corner). Then it's about 60 m to a tree over the lip. Done this way, that second pitch is just amazing! Watch for drag, and have a blast.
    By Ryan Williams
    From: London (sort of)
    Oct 21, 2011
    rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

    One of the best routes that I have done at this grade. We climbed it like Jeff, in two pitches. The easy climbing in the beginning is as fun as 5.5 can be for someone who is about to do a 5.10 pitch. Belay below the first roof, about 150 feet up. The second pitch is sustained and excellent... really great movement with good gear and a few short bits of true crack climbing!
    By sanz
    From: Raleigh, NC
    Nov 5, 2012

    We did it in three pitches. The second belay stance is not the most comfortable and it makes the second pitch quite short, but the position on the wall is super cool. Kinda has a big-wall feel. If you're in no rush and the weather is nice, it's a pretty cool place to hang out.
    By Monkey-sa
    Apr 2, 2013

    Fun, Fun, Fun!!! Very aesthetic, just called to me as I turned the corner to gaze up at the wall. A must climb. The second pitch is sustained, tricky and amazing. As mentioned before, bring your small stuff. This is a must climb for those who like to climb aesthetic routes.
    By Drew Hayes
    From: Charlotte, NC
    Dec 15, 2014

    The first time I went out to climb at Shortoff, I saw this line and thought "man I need to climb that". We did the climb in two mega-pitches, but the drag is a son of a bitch once you pull around the final bulge. I brought doubles of the small stuff but aside from one small nut, everything I placed was .5 and up.
    By b.t.miller
    From: Charlotte, NC
    Nov 15, 2015

    Nearly a plumb line and such a beautiful climb. Interestingly this part of the gorge faces more southwest than, say, routes like Maginot or Dopey, and therefore receives great sun on clear, cold days.

    If you're like us and trying to break into 10's on gear, this is a great climb to send as it has superb gear. From below, the line appears intimidatingly steep but with some patient footwork there are great hands-free rest stances where you need them.

    Gear Beta: standard Linville rack (nuts, tricams, and cams up to #3 BD). Emphasis on nuts for P2 and P3.
    By Mike Holley
    From: Boone, NC
    Dec 18, 2015

    A Linville Puritan right and proper!! Off the deck, one unwavering feature straight (and narrow) to the top. This route starts of easy breezy and gradually escalates in difficulty and steepness the higher you ascend. Delicate footwork and splitter exposure all combined with plenty of gear options make this route all the more a fantastic overall climb and an excellent introduction to the grade in the area.

    Straight up—Get on it!!
    By Jonathan Dull
    From: Boone, NC
    Mar 7, 2016
    rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

    I've got to agree with what Mike said; an absolute classic with amazing movement and exposure. Bring plenty of slings to climb route in two pitches. Linking the two 5.10 pitches is some of the best climbing I've ever done in NC. Strait up Classic!

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