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 Trad, 4 pitches, 500 feet, Grade II
Good Heavens 5.5 Trad, 5 pitches, 500 feet, Grade III
The Mummy 5.5 PG13 Trad, 3 pitches, 350 feet, Grade II
The Daddy 5.6 Trad, 5 pitches, 500 feet, Grade III
The Open Book 5.11b Trad, 2 pitches, 175 feet
Turkey Beard 5.12a Trad, 2 pitches, 200 feet
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The Open Book 5.11b NC : Linville Gorge : Amphitheater
This climb offers some of the best jams and stems in the gorge. When you see it you will know why and you will want to climb it. From the rock ramp climb your way up to a roof and bulge. Continue up the incredible corner to a tree covered ledge, building a belay mid way through the corner....[more] Browse More Classics in NC