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Cathey's Creek Crag 

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  • Cathy's Creek 

    Cathy's Creek is quite the anomaly for Pisgah forest. It is overhanging and stays dry in a thunderstorm. The area is in the shade for most of the day. The climbing is powerful and gymnastic. A great resource for Pisgah climbers and those traveling through town. Please respect the wild and natural state of the area. Keep your dogs on a leash and pack out what you pack in.

    Nathan Brown and Eric Singleton began working on establishing routes in the Winter of 2012 after being shown the area by local Brevard College Students and climbers, Bennett Anderson and Davis King. Bennett and Davis had been scouting the area for several months before reaching out to Nathan and Eric for help in establishing the area.

    This crag is the realization of a dream Pisgah climbers have had for generations. To have overhanging, pumpy routes focusing on pure difficulty is truly a treasure and we must treat it like one.

    Routes were done top down and ground up, making it one of the few transitions cliff in Pisgah, allowing different ethics and styles to exist side by side. So each route has its own, unique character. You may get on a line and find yourself fist deep in a crack stemming your brains out or you could get on a line and find yourself with two fantastic slopers and a knee-bar.

    Please respect the natural beauty of this area. Yes it is a crag but it is also part of a National Forest and should be kept pristine! Practice Leave No Trace ethics at all times.

    This is not an excellent cliff for beginners or children. There is lots of loose rock and the routes are technically and physically difficult. Even the sport lines have some small run outs. Just keep in mind this is a North Carolina Crag established by North Carolina climbers and use your best judgement at all times.

    Getting There 

    Located above Cathy's Creek Falls. Please park sensibly and do not obstruct the forest service road. There is parking for 10 cars if you don't mind walking a few hundred yards up or down the road depending on where you park. CARPOOL CARPOOL CARPOOL.

    21 Total Routes

    ['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

    The Classics

    Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cathey's Creek Crag:
    Risk Radar   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, 55'   THE CAVE
    Junk Show   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   THE CAVE
    Old Crow   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   THE CAVE
    Jack in the Pulpit   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a PG13     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   THE GATEWAY WALL
    Cathy's Corner   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   THE CAVE
    Crown Royal   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   THE SPORT WALL
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    Featured Route For Cathey's Creek Crag
    Crown Royal <br />

    Crown Royal 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a  NC : Cathey's Creek Crag : THE SPORT WALL
    This was the first line to be discovered by Davis King and Bennett Anderson and was later bolted and freed by Eric Singleton with the permission of Davis and Bennett.Climb up increasingly difficult terrain. Then decide to dead-point or crimp your way through the crux....[more]   Browse More Classics in NC

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    By andjoely
    From: Clemson, SC
    Jun 1, 2012

    Most of the routes stay dry in the rain so it's one of the better spots in the area to climb on rainy days. It's definitely a high quality and locally significant small crag. I really enjoyed the incredibly pumpy climbing there.

    By Mike Reardon
    Apr 16, 2013

    First off, thanks to Nathan Brown and Eric Singleton for making this place happen!
    If interested... Check out www.cedarrockguide.com for a copy of your "Cedar Rock and Satellite Crags", outlining 200+ climbs the Cathey's/ Cedar Rock area. The book covers all 7 faces of Cedar in full detail, Victory Wall, Cathey's Creek, Pilot Rock, Fish Bowl Crag, and an abridged John Rock. You can order online or message me for a $23 copy. Enjoy!

    By nbrown
    From: western NC
    Dec 12, 2013


    A relevant topic to this area which is apparently now being used for drytooling practice. I know the place has more than its fair share of choss, but there are a few worthwhile routes that deserve not to be ruined by this practice. I ask that those considering this to at least have enough imagination to create their own tool-friendly routes, and not destroy other people's hard work. Show some respect please!