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The Taj (Left and Right Variations) 

WI3- R

Type:  Trad, Ice, Alpine, 5 pitches, 1000', Grade IV
Original: WI3- Steep Snow R [details]
FA: FRA: Stephen Scoff, Jason McKinley, Eduardo Ramirez, Marvin Dawson, and Mike (2/11/2011)
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Stephen Scoff on Nov 1, 2014

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Stephen at the base of the crux.


An ascent of Cattail peak with a big route feel and an approach to match.
The crux was sunbaked snow and ice that was soloed due to its inability to hold screws.
This route has a left and right variation and the former is probably the better of the two.


Please refer to the South Toe River, Mount Mitchell, and Big Ivy Trail Map (Pisgah National Forest)
Ascend the Buncombe Horse Range Trail off of 1158. Walk for about 1/2 mile or so and then break right (west) onto hunter trails and the eventually into the Middle Creek drainage.
I highly recommend getting GPS coordinates from Google Earth.
Once at the base of the crux either ascend or move right 1000 yards or so to the right variation (see Google Earth photo).
Descent: Once on top pick up the Black Mountain Crest Trail, head north, tag Cattail's summit, and descend the Colbert Ridge Trail to its trailhead on 1158. Leave a second car here or huff it back to the start.


Screws, slings, and GPS

Photos of The Taj (Left and Right Variations) Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: SE alpine fun!!
SE alpine fun!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Left Variation: The line from 3a to 6a  (The rock ...
Left Variation: The line from 3a to 6a (The rock ...

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By Stephen Scoff
From: Columbia, South Carolina
May 20, 2016

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