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Description 

This is the short upper right portion of the north face that makes for great summer time cragging. There are a few multipitch routes here, but the best quality routes are the shorter harder lines. This is a great area for someone looking for short crimpy face climbing.

Getting There 

From TC:
The approach starts just to the right of the pit toilets. Go down the hill and the trail turns hard right. Follow this for 15 minutes to the log crossing. Shortly after the log crossing the trail crosses a creek and goes steeply up hill to the right. At the top of this trail puts you on the ridgeline trail. Follow ridgeline trail for a short distance and turn left and up the short hill at a faint trail. Immediately turn left again and curl around the front of a small rock face. Head down the first gully and then immediately down the next gully. At the base of the second, go skiers right and follow this for a few minutes to the base of the cliff.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.0 miles from here

7 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',4],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Catwalk:
Grouse Call   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 70'   
pussyfootin'   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Ramp Dinner   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 80'   
Flaming Lips   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
X70   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 50'   
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FA of roof extension

Flaming Lips 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13  NC : Whiteside Mountain : ... : Catwalk
Climb past 4? bolts to a short runout on easier terrain to a spot with gear and then head to 2 bolt anchor 60 feet up. Extension: 5.11b PG13 (FA: A. McDowell et al.) Climb the easy right facing corner to clip a bolt in the roof (75mm triplex), step down a couple feet and pull onto the face to the left and continue on slightly runout yet pumpy terrain to a 1 bolt + 1 fixed nut lower off anchor (90 feet lower off to ground). You could also potentially pull the roof direct at the bolt for a harder ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NC

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The start of the approach next to the pit toilets....
BETA PHOTO: The start of the approach next to the pit toilets....
After the steep section of trail after the creek c...
BETA PHOTO: After the steep section of trail after the creek c...
After the previous turn left up the hill, walk a v...
BETA PHOTO: After the previous turn left up the hill, walk a v...
After you get to the base of the first gully, imme...
BETA PHOTO: After you get to the base of the first gully, imme...
The log crossing about 15 minutes into the hike. C...
BETA PHOTO: The log crossing about 15 minutes into the hike. C...

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By TomCaldwell
From: Clemson, S.C.
Aug 29, 2014
I added some better approach beta with pictures of the complicated turns. This place deserves more traffic. It is the coolest summer temps in the lower Blue Ridge. Many ultra-classic vertical to slightly overhanging technical crimp fests. There are also some decent corner systems. The approach starts just to the right of the pit toilets. Go down the hill and the trail turns hard right. Follow this for 15 minutes to the log crossing. Shortly after the log crossing the trail crosses a creek and goes steeply up hill to the right. At the top of this trail puts you on the ridgeline trail. Follow ridgeline trail for a short distance and turn left and up the short hill at a faint trail. Immediately turn left again and curl around the front of a small rock face. Head down the first gully and then immediately down the next gully. At the base of the second, go skiers right and follow this for a few minutes to the base of the cliff.