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Apolitical Blues T 
Dixie Chicken T 
Far Left (unknown) 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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Location: 36.09553, -81.80047 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Ryan Williams, Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: TomCaldwell on Jul 4, 2011
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Description 

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

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',0],['5.10',5],['5.11',2],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',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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Rock Climbing Photo: Erica on the crimpy bit

Swashbuckler 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  North Carolina : Sunken Treasure
Start on the stain but instead of breaking left at the 3rd bolt break right and pull some steep moves bringing you to the right side of the roof, pull that to the anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in North Carolina

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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 fullmantlepress.com. Well worth the investment!
By Steve Lineberry
Administrator
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 Steve Lineberry
Administrator
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.
By Russ Keane
Jun 26, 2017
This place is absolutely gorgeous. Has a certain "magic" energy to it. Don't be misled by the large boulder/outcropping that is just above the road. Walk 20 yards further south and find a more prominent path/gully which takes you to the climbing area.

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