The Cookbook Rock Climbing
Seth Tart, Edge of Enlightenment. Photo: Dennis B...
The Cookbook is a massive dihedral buttress formation and the largest single feature at Cooks Wall. It consists of two staggering 100'-200' overhanging walls joining together, to form a book-like coliseum feature.
The Cookbook is extremely unique and intimidating and there is a genuinely adventurous spirit about the place. Most routes are 90'-100' tall and in spite of fixed protection the lines feel very bold. As one seasoned climber put it, "There's just something about the headspace in there."
Within the Cookbook are three separate climbing areas:
1) The Emla Area
2) The Warfare Area
3) The Prow
The Emla Area is in the bottom right-hand corner of the Cookbook. It is the first wall you see when approaching and is the only way into the Cookbook.
The Warfare Area is located on the back/upper wall of the Cookbook.
The Prow is in the secluded, far upper left corner of the Cookbook. See 'Prow Area' for details.
The rock at Cooks Wall is much different than that of Moores Wall. Moores has continuous, long sheer vertical cliff lines with impeccable quality. Cooks has more broken up, individualized buttresses of steeper and lower angled rock with variations in rock quality. The Cookbook is primarily hard quartite mixed sporatically with small bands of softer rock, which usually account for one or two moves on any given route. And the beautiful orange and white swirl patterns can be found only in this area.
Hike the Cooks Wall trail to House Rock. Here the trail takes a 90 degree right turn towards Cooks Wall. Walk 75' to a natural wooden step up in the trail and look for a very faint trail leading left into the woods. Follow this southwest for 100 yards, then west for another 100 yards until it dips in front of a rocky cliff line. Continue past multiple broken sections of rock until you arrive at the end of the trail and the 'unmistakable' Cookbook.
Climbing Season For the All Locations area.
Weather station 4.6 miles from here
17 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Cookbook
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Cookbook:
Featured Route For The Cookbook
Grand Illusion 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c North Carolina
: Cooks Wall
: ... : The Prow
Grand Illusion; what a great route. These are some of the biggest holds that you will ever get scared on.This climb takes you straight up the belly of the prow into illusions of grandeur.From the belay platform, climb the right bolt line through the roof. Trend right across the lip of the roof at the second bolt to pull over. Climb the face through cryptic sequences to the base of the overhang. Clip the first bolt on the prow 24" and take the left line through large...[more] Browse More Classics in North Carolina