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A Walk in the Light T 
Almost Seven (aka Golden Earring) T 
Aloof Roof T 
Breaking Rocks is Hard to Do T 
Comic Book Heros T 
Command Performance T 
Do or Dive T 
Doan's Pills T 
Excellent Adventure T 
Finger Love T 
Gutterball T 
High Wire T 
Into The Wild T 
Nuclear Crayon T 
Quaker State T 
Raise Hell T 
Shit Hook T 
Stab in the Dark T 
Step and Fetch T 
U-Haul T 
Wailing Wall T 
World War Z T 
Zombie Woof T 

The Amphitheater Rock Climbing 

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The Amphitheater is a large buttress near the north end of of Moore's Wall. The wall forms a sort of cirque, hence the name. Raise Hell to Step and Fetch get a lot of sun in cool months, while the routes to the right are cooler in summer.

The rock here has always seemed a bit different to me than other areas at Moore's. The holds are more friction dependent, and you will encounter more slopers (jugs and crimps) than at the North End or the Circus Wall. This intimidating buttress offers classics in every grade and should not be missed.

Getting There 

Once you have taken the left onto the powerline road, walk for a few minutes until you see a park sign on the right for the Sentinel Buttress. Continue PAST this sign on the powerline road for 5 more minutes until you get to another sign and a trail on your right. Take this right and walk up the winding trail for 10 minutes until you hit the Amphitheater. You'll hit the wall right around the start of Wailing Wall.

Descent Options 

There are several different walls in The Amphitheater, all with different descent options. Many of the route descriptions mention descents, but some do not.

For Excellent Adventure and Wailing Wall, find a tree w/ fixed gear and do a double rope rappel.

For the routes on the main "sun wall" including Step and Fetch, scramble down to the fixed anchor directly above Quaker State. A 60m rope BARELY gets you down with stretch.

For all routes right of Step and Fetch, there are two rap stations near the top of the wall (webbing/tat). One (left one) is 100 feet above a bolted rap station that also serves as an anchor for Stab in the Dark. Farther right is a newer looking station (tree) that is directly above Shit Hook. If using the right most station, it would be difficult to get down with a single rope, since it is a ways right of the bolted station (Stab anchors).

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.2 miles from here

23 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Amphitheater

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Amphitheater:
Wailing Wall   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Almost Seven (aka Golden Earring)   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
High Wire   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Raise Hell   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Aloof Roof   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 90'   
Step and Fetch   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   
Shit Hook   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   
Breaking Rocks is Hard to Do   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Do or Dive   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Finger Love   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
A Walk in the Light   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   
Zombie Woof   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   
Nuclear Crayon   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Stab in the Dark   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Quaker State   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Featured Route For The Amphitheater
Rock Climbing Photo: Step & Fetch starts above Golden Earring

Step and Fetch 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  North Carolina : Moore's Wall : The Amphitheater
This line continues above Golden Earring and has tremendous exposure, interesting movements, and huge jugs on it way to the top. Step right at the roof and take the path of least resistance to the top of the climb. Make sure to extended any gear you have in the roof very long to avoid rope drag on the overhang. You will need to build a gear anchor above the overhanging face, and then scramble over the bulge and down to t...[more]   Browse More Classics in North Carolina

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