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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 10 VD 3c Trad, 4 pitches, 500'
The Mummy 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13 Trad, 3 pitches, 350'
Good Heavens 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, 5 pitches, 500'
The Daddy 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, 5 pitches, 500'
The Open Book 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, 2 pitches, 175'
Cryptic Trip 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, 90'
Turkey Beard 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
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The Daddy 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b NC : Linville Gorge : Amphitheater
Long, steep and exposed. For the east this is a big route for the grade.The second and last pitches are the best. The first pitch is so-so, the third pitch is short, and the fourth pitch is a route finding conundrum.But the views are amazing, the rock is solid. The belays are all natural and the top out is absolutely fantastic.I was so frazzled after leading this that I had to back off a 5.5 later that day.This is definitely a classic route....[more] Browse More Classics in NC
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