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Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Apolitical Blues T 
Dixie Chicken T 
Fat Man T 
Hey Julia T 
Little Feat (the Stain) T 
Peg Leg T 
Powder Keg T 
Sailing Shoes S 
Skin It Back S 
Swashbuckler T 
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Sunken Treasure Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: TomCaldwell on Jul 4, 2011
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Another fun little crag on 221 just below the parkway. The walls face west and has tree coverage to keep the walls cool all day, but it is still the best in the morning. The easy and short approach along with proximity of all the routes surely make this wall a destination area if your cragging on 221. It is rare that you will see another person up there, but there is a bit of road noise. All the routes require a little bit of gear. A standard single rack of cams, or just a set of tri-cams is all that is typically needed. One route in particular will take ballnutz or small brass.

Getting There 

From the intersection of 221 and the Blue Ridge Parkway (near Grandfather Mountain), drive north towards Blowing Rock for a few miles until you see a row of wooden posts on the downhill side of the road. This is the parking area. Walk back up the road south for a few hundred feet towards Grandfather Mountain until you see a small wash/gully on the uphill side of the road. Just after the gully, walk up the hill and wind through the rhodos bearing slightly to the left. The overall time to get to the cliff from the car should be less the 5 minutes!

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.9 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Sunken Treasure

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sunken Treasure:
Fat Man   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 50'   
Powder Keg   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 45'   
Peg Leg   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 50'   
Apolitical Blues   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Little Feat (the Stain)   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 40'   
Swashbuckler   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Dixie Chicken 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  NC : Sunken Treasure
This is the thin beautiful crack at the far left side of the lower wall.This is one of the few routes that requires some specialized gear. Bring a set of brass or ballnutz to protect the start in the thin crack. This crack looks to have eaten a purple TCU. Booty if you can get it! Enjoy the slab up the thin crack, then move left to a bolt. Pull up to the steepness to a short crack, the leftmost of the two. Plug some gear in the crack and pull up onto the slab. Get into the short corner an...[more]   Browse More Classics in NC

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By TomCaldwell
From: Clemson, S.C.
Jul 4, 2011
Be sure to pick up a copy of Mike Grimm's guide "The High Country Cragger" from Well worth the investment!
By ShockSLL
From: Charlotte, NC
Nov 9, 2015
Does anyone know anything about the bolted line to the right of Peg Leg and to the left of Powder Keg? It looks like it has 3 bolts but I couldn't see any anchors from the ground. Thanks.
By BigCountry
Dec 1, 2015
There are anchors. Couple nuts you can't see. Bring an extension to run laps. Little .10a called jolly Roger I think. Maybe a couple tcu's are handy
By ShockSLL
From: Charlotte, NC
Dec 9, 2015
Thanks BigCountry, makes sense why I didn't see the anchors. :) I didn't get on the route but I thought it looked harder than 10a. Maybe i'll get on it next time. Thanks again.
By Andrew Hobbs
Apr 2, 2016
So I am also a bit confused as to the routes there, but I send the far left anchors as a mixed route with one bolt, and it runs at about 5.8. Maybe 5.9. As far as the bolted lines, they all go somewhere in 5.10, and are short, but fun. I think Jolly Roger is correct, not sure. Powder Keg is my personal favorite, on that wall, and is well worth the trip! Bring some gear, and get ready for a pumpy 5.10 send-fest at Sunken Treasure! As a tip, if you're going to pull on Apolitical Blues (the direct start to Fat Man) for the first time, bring a crash pad, the crux is the bouldery beginning.