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The Cookbook Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: S Tart on Jun 16, 2016
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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.

Getting There 

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',2],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Cookbook

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Cookbook:
Grace Under Pressure   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 80'   Emla area
Edge of Enlightenment   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 100'   The Prow
Deceivious   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Emla area
Spiritual Warfare   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'    Warfare area (Upper Cook...
Theater Of Pain   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Emla area
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Featured Route For The Cookbook
Rock Climbing Photo: Seth Tart on Jesus Christ Superstar.

Jesus Christ Superstar 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a  North Carolina : Cooks Wall : ... : Emla area
In the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, there is a catchy little phrase about 'are you what you say you are'. After looking at the route for the first time that phrase kept running through my mind because it seemed too good to be true. Then theres the stopper 'crucifix' move. So with Spirtitual Warfare setting a theme, the name seemed fitting.Superstar is one of the best hard lines in the Cookbook. Beautiful flow and esthetics are difficult to come by on harder routes but this one really delivers...[more]   Browse More Classics in North Carolina

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