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The Prow 

YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c

   
Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, 500', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c [details]
FA: Jed Williamson, Mark Calkins, Andy Damp - 1970
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Submitted By: Chris Chaney on Oct 16, 2006

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first pitch of the prow

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Description 

Traverse out onto the main corner after passing below the start of Open Book.
Pitch 1: Belay and climb the first easy pitch for 50m or so. There is a nice airy belay ledge.
Pitch 2: Wander up the expansive slab to a ledge under a headwall.
Pitch 3: Strike up the left slanting diehdral at the left edge of the ledge. Stay out on the lower face and utilize great big jugs. Head left for the arete and enjoy the phenominal exposure. Belay on the next big ledge.
Pitch 4: Traverse some goofy stuff across a gap and then head up into the vegetation to a nice ledge where it is obvious people have camped. Belay, and then scramble up the chimney to the top of the wall.

Great route for the grade with great position.

Protection 

No fixed anchors. Standard Table Rock rack. Walk down the Amphitheatre to get to the base and climb back out to the approach trail.


Photos of The Prow Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The Prow
BETA PHOTO: The Prow
Rock Climbing Photo: Free Solo of the Prow (Mike Holley, Apr 2012)
Free Solo of the Prow (Mike Holley, Apr 2012)
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up the second pitch of the Prow
BETA PHOTO: Looking up the second pitch of the Prow
Rock Climbing Photo: the prow
the prow
Rock Climbing Photo: Skipping school already in the 1st grade.
Skipping school already in the 1st grade.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up from the belay at pitch 2 of the Prow. ...
Looking up from the belay at pitch 2 of the Prow. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: More Prow from Mummy, please!
More Prow from Mummy, please!
Rock Climbing Photo: View of sunset on the Prow from the top of the Mum...
View of sunset on the Prow from the top of the Mum...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Prow from the Mummy
The Prow from the Mummy
Rock Climbing Photo: The Prow
The Prow
Rock Climbing Photo: looking at Prow from top of Mummy
looking at Prow from top of Mummy
Rock Climbing Photo: The exposed start of the 3rd pitch.
The exposed start of the 3rd pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Start of the Prow
BETA PHOTO: The Start of the Prow
Rock Climbing Photo: Seldom seen view of the prow from the spinx
Seldom seen view of the prow from the spinx
Rock Climbing Photo: Julia on the exposed pitch of The Prow
Julia on the exposed pitch of The Prow
Rock Climbing Photo: C. Chaney at the 3rd belay of the Prow.
C. Chaney at the 3rd belay of the Prow.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Prow in all her glory.
BETA PHOTO: The Prow in all her glory.
Rock Climbing Photo: Start of 1st pitch of the Prow.
BETA PHOTO: Start of 1st pitch of the Prow.
Rock Climbing Photo: Matthew on The Prow
Matthew on The Prow
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down the Prow
Looking down the Prow
Rock Climbing Photo: The Prow from the topout of The Mummy
BETA PHOTO: The Prow from the topout of The Mummy
Rock Climbing Photo: C. Chaney leading the fantastically exposed 3rd pi...
BETA PHOTO: C. Chaney leading the fantastically exposed 3rd pi...
Rock Climbing Photo: View across the gulley
View across the gulley
Rock Climbing Photo: Dave Lutes racking up to lead the second pitch of ...
Dave Lutes racking up to lead the second pitch of ...

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By RadDawg
From: NE, GA
Dec 4, 2010

For a longer version, you can keep going down the descent gully until you are about level with the start of the Daddy, then scramble over to the base of the Prow. This will give you two more pitches of climbing, depending on how you break it up.
By TKHouse
Oct 25, 2011

The best way out of the amphitheater! I recommend climbing pitch two on the slabs to the right instead of on the far left if you're in the mood for some more spice. Pro is there on occasion, no moves harder then 5.4.

Had another party simul-climbing this to my left as I led it, no problems whatsoever.
By Mike Holley
From: Boone, NC
Mar 13, 2012

Fantastic Climb! Five fun and a excellent exit if you want to try the Mummy, Daddy, Prow linkup in a day! Long pitches and some excellent views! Fairly easy slab climbing in the beginning leads to some fun traverse'e face climbing on huge holds. Beware on the last pitch it is difficult to communicate with your belayer due to the traverse around the corner.

Fun!!
By Rick Carpenter
From: Banner Elk, NC
May 28, 2012

Fun route to climb by headlamp at night.
By H2O
Oct 2, 2012

The climb was good no issues. My only gripe would be getting out. We got to the top and started on a "trail" for about 5 min and then nothing. We beat the bush, rhododendrons, thorns, more bushes for about 1 3/4 of an hour before hitting the main trail at 6:45 pm, losing light rapidly. Not good. Very disappointed considering how often this place gets climbed and no trails out, at the very least suggestions. I'm assuming if one heads south or right (as you come off the Prow) towards the gully we climbed into we would hit that trail.
By j10c3y25
From: Columbia, SC
Nov 25, 2012

Really easy climbing, lots of places for gear. Kinda fun but nothing great until the last pitch. Stepping out around the corner is the only WOW moment on this climb. In a related matter, my buddy somehow lost one vibram spyridon left shoe on this route. He thinks it was on the last belay ledge, if anyone finds it could you please pm me lol, thanks.
By EricSchmidt
Feb 23, 2013

H20, we had no trouble find the trail out. Once you top out on the prow I remember going right and scrambiling through a dark little hallway/chimney then just stay hikers right on rock slabs and hike maybe 5 mins along the rim of the ampitheatre. This brings you right back to the start of the descent trail into the ampitheatre.
By Pjm
Sep 16, 2013

Yep, another first on the prow! On site trad lead this past weekend, my first! 70m rope links p1 and 2, but beware rope drag. Love p3! No problem finding our way out.
By b.t.miller
From: Charlotte, NC
Aug 25, 2014
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

We mistakenly missed the normal P2 belay and then tried to link P1 and P2 (the P3 roof alcove belay) with a 60m rope. That does NOT work, plus the rope drag is severe even with the use of several 60cm slings.
By JackCrockett
Mar 7, 2015

Found a cam at the top of pitch 2, describe it for me, come to AVL, and you'll get it back.
By Curtis Baird
May 12, 2015
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

This route is golden. The exposer on pitch 3 is unreal! Had trouble finding the way out though. Traversed left at the top of pitch 3 then climbed another 20 or so feet until we could scramble.
By RMS
Jun 29, 2015

As is sometimes said, the approach is probably the crux.

On the first two pitches, I placed one piece on each. The second really needs no pro at all, but I put a piece in just to feel honest.

The third pitch is as massively exposed as accounts put it, but the holds and placements are plentiful and great. Good fun.
By Russ Moore
From: Arvada, CO
Oct 20, 2015
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c PG13

While climbing the Daddy on 10/17/15 I watched a large microwave sized(?) block fall from what appeared to be around the top of the route and hurdle itself down into the gorge. The fall line and impact areas were around to the left of the climbing route. Not sure what triggered it.
By Nick Metzger
From: Chattanooga, TN
Sep 6, 2016
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

Defiantly have to agree that this is the best way out of the Amphitheater. P1 and P2 have great pro and are good little climbs. P3 is where the money is at on this climb. Great exposure, great pro, and great climbing!

As for the existing trail my partner and I had no problem finding it.

Once at the top of the climb exit through a small gully between two rock formations. Continue along the edge of the cliff. Then climb up(scramble up) a rock on your left. You will then see a campfire ring. From this follow the trail. It will get tight(bushy), but the trail is quite obvious. About 5 mins of walking and you will be back at the top of the descent trail leading into the Amphitheater.