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The word "spectacular" could have been coined just so you could describe the Amphitheater. Combine long, moderate multi-pitch climbing, high-quality rock, fantastic exposure and take-your-breath-away views, and you've got some of the best climbing North Carolina has to offer. The Mummy and The Daddy are two of the highlights of the Amphitheater; both are must-do routes even if your lead level is much higher.
From the Table Rock parking lot, head south through the campground and along the ridgeline trail. Continue past the Chimneys and past the first cut-off trail to the right (this leads to North Carolina Wall). Watch for a white quartz rock on the trailside and take the cut-off trail to the right. Continue down this trail as it steepens and look for a split-off to the left near a large flat rock. This turns into the descent gully; downclimb this steep gully to the base of the Amphitheater. The Mummy Buttress is to your left, the Prow and Open Book to the right.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Amphitheater:
The Prow 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c Trad, 4 pitches, 500'
Good Heavens 5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a Trad, 5 pitches, 500'
The Mummy 5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a PG13 Trad, 3 pitches, 350'
The Daddy 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, 5 pitches, 500'
The Open Book 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, 2 pitches, 175'
Turkey Beard 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Featured Route For Amphitheater
The Mummy 5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a PG13 NC : Linville Gorge : Amphitheater
Start: On the left side of the Amphitheatre near the bottom, not far from where the wall turns outward to face the gorge. Pitch 1: Begin with low-angle climbing, then move into a slightly overhanging crack system with good holds to a two-person sized belay (5.6+).Pitch 2: Begin by veering slightly left on the slab with a nice low-angle crack system (5.3). Finish on a huge ledge. Belay near the right end of the ledge (see topo photo).Pitch 3: Move out right from the belay and then straight up an ...[more] Browse More Classics in NC
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