Central Pillar of Laurel
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Central Pillar is a great option if you arrive at LK and find lots of the routes wet. The first three pitches go at 5.9 and can easily be rapped. The third pitch is amazing.
P1: Climb the short corner to a horizontal that leads right to a sweet finger crack. Follow the crack until it ends then slab up past two bolts to a bolted belay. 5.8, 150 feet
P2: Step left to a crack and mantel up on a sloping wide ramp that leads right to another crack. Continue up past two bolts to another bolted belay. 5.9, 150 feet
P3: Locate the amazing quartz dike that snakes its way up from the left. Climb up to the dike on the right, then left, passing three bolts to a big comfy ledge and bolted belay. 5.9, 120 feet
P4: Traverse right to the big water groove, climb up past one bolt to a bulge, step right and belay. 5.10, 80 feet
P5: Finish on Wild Turkey, 5.10+ or traverse right to the bolted anchors on pitch 5 of Seconds.
Central Pillar is located just left and uphill of Seconds. Look for the short arching crack near the base of a tree.
Double ropes, singes to 2".
Paul and Jody surfing up P3 on a breezy Summer day...
Paul Casting off on P2.
Paul smooth sailing high on P2.
High on P3. Thanks to Paul for the photo.
Mary riding the snaking dike on the 3rd pitch.
Mary smearing her way through P3's crux.
Mary finishing the last pitch.
BETA PHOTO: Central Pillar P3 Anchors looking up and left. Rou...
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From: Davidson, NC
Apr 17, 2013
Not for climbers uncomfortable with slab. If this route weren't in North Carolina it would have an R rating. Beautiful climb.