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  • Description 

    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.

    Getting to the base is a long, hard slog down a steep descent gully, so most climbers rack up before starting down. Stow your pack and other non-essential stuff at the big flat rock near where the gully starts (ask someone who's been there), then retrieve it on the walk-off from the top of the climb.

    Getting There 

    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.

    9 Total Routes

    ['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

    The Classics

    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'   
    The Mummy   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 350'   
    Good Heavens   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   
    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'   
    Cryptic Trip   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Trad, 90'   
    Turkey Beard   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
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    Featured Route For Amphitheater
    The Open Book, 5.11b, Linville Gorge, NC

    The Open Book 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c  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

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    Photos of Amphitheater Slideshow Add Photo
    The Mummy and The Daddy (topo)
    BETA PHOTO: The Mummy and The Daddy (topo)
    Mummy Buttress in the fall.
    Mummy Buttress in the fall.
    The Amphitheater and the Linville River <br />
    The Amphitheater and the Linville River
    Mummy buttress in the Amphitheater
    BETA PHOTO: Mummy buttress in the Amphitheater
    The Prow of the Amphitheater.  The descent gully is to the left (picture) with the Prow (route)straight ahead.  This was taken on the hike out.  Access to routes is via the descent gully.
    The Prow of the Amphitheater. The descent gully i...
    The Amphitheater from RJ trail
    The Amphitheater from RJ trail
    Rapping down the descent gully into the Amphitheater.
    BETA PHOTO: Rapping down the descent gully into the Amphitheat...
    Getting there: Look for this quartzite rock on the main ridge and turn right. It's about a foot tall and marks the spur trail that leads down the hill to the Amphitheater descent gully.
    BETA PHOTO: Getting there: Look for this quartzite rock on the...
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    By CameronS
    From: Lander, WY
    Mar 17, 2012

    as on 3/14/12 the rap station was in fine shape. looks like its been beefed up with two more individual lines of static line. 1 mallion and 1 aluminum rap ring are on the station.

    By Nick Byrd
    Apr 16, 2012

    Just made my first trip to the Amphitheater last week (April 2012) and the hike in is long but the guide book (Select Climbs in NC) nails the approach. Getting out from the Mummy Buttress is another story. Hike your way back to the east and toward the waterfall (not a heavy waterfall). Take the trail that leads to the HIGH GROUND!!! There is a trail that goes under the falls and it is treacherous. You also have to do some minor climbing to get out, unless we were just really lost. 1 hour and 15 minutes to get in... about 1 hour and 45 mins to get out. Rock was shaded until about 2PM.

    By H2O
    Oct 2, 2012

    So we hiked to the Amphitheater to climb "The Prow." not easy to find actually quite disappointed at the guide book. If you come to a point where the trail opens up at a rocky some what flat point, with very large boulders, and the trail turns right, you've gone too far.