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YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 200', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: John Lawrence, Dave Mashburn (1967)
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Submitted By: Coz Teplitz on Mar 1, 2007
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    A Table Rock classic that roasts in the sun on the south face. The bombay chimney on the last pitch is a delightful squirm.

    This is the obvious corner/crack/chimney system that splits the south face of Table Rock.

    Start: Beneath the obvious corner system. There is often a cheater stack at the base to help folks through the hard first move.

    P1: Make a hard high step (perhaps the crux of the route), then wander up the crack in the corner to below the big roof (older anchor below roof). Exit right (5.7) through steep ground on good holds and belay above. NOTE: If you don't want to bring big cams (4" or so) to belay in the main crack, there is a stance up and right on a block. The pro for this second anchor is good but tricky to find.) EDIT: Apparently there are bolts here now. Who knows how long they will last.

    P2: Move up the widening crack. Navigate a bulge (great hand jams in the back) and pull into an alcove atop a chockstone in the chimney (possible belay). Squirm up the chimney above.


    This is the obvious corner/crack/chimney system that splits the south face of Table Rock. It is visible from the parking lot.

    Approach by hiking the TR summit trail a few hundred yards until the East Face climber's trail cuts right. Go ~200 feet along the East face trail, then look for a small trail heading uphill. Follow this small trail for ~100 yards.

    The climb starts below the obvious corner. Look for a cheater stack that often helps folks through the challenging first move.


    Nuts and cams to 3"; optional 4" piece for the belay atop P1.

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    By TomCaldwell
    From: Clemson, S.C.
    Oct 5, 2009

    There are bolts atop P1 boulder now. I would say a 4" or 5" is mandatory for the offwidth start for P2.

    By Peter Pitocchi
    Sep 18, 2011

    Big gear helpful. Chimney section short I think 5.7 with adequate pro. Take big gear and walk it up the 5.8 offwidth early on second pitch. By big I mean threes, fours, maybe a five. First few moves on p1 are not protected.

    By Mike Holley
    From: Boone, NC
    Mar 13, 2012

    All around Great Climb with a little bit of everything!!! First pitch has excellent face climbing with tons of pro. There are old bolt anchors under the main roof with bushes around it on the first pitch, but climb up and right through the juggy roof section to arrive a'top a massive boulder with brand spanking new bolt anchors under the beginning of the second pitch crack. Second pitch is super fun, a little spooky just because of the awkwardness of your body position. Big gear is helpful but you can totally find places for mid sized gear as well! Leave your backpack on the ground if you can because it makes this second pitch a pain to wear one!!

    By brian k sohn
    From: knoxville, tn
    May 23, 2012

    The first pitch can be top-roped with a 70 meter rope.

    By Cody Bradford
    From: Boone, NC
    Jun 18, 2012
    rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

    There are two options for the 2nd pitch chimney:
    1. You can stay on the outside of the Chimney which is more featured and less awkward.
    2. You may choose to romp it up inside the chimney where it is possible to place a 5 or 6 Camalot in the back. (You may want to take your helmet off for this option)
    No need for anything larger than a number three on this one. Just slide it up the back of the crack as you move.

    By LKenn
    Apr 12, 2013

    Anyone know if the 12a that breaks off to the left after P1 is still doable? It's in the guidebook, but I don't see it here. Called Helios I think?

    By Jonathan Dull
    From: NC High County
    Sep 4, 2013
    rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

    This is a fantastic climb with sustained climbed throughout. Getting off the deck takes a little thinking and a spot may be in order. The climbing is pretty steep and I remember actually hanging off a perfect jam with 90+ feet below me! As previously mentioned continue up and right through the steep (and juggy) section and you will find the bolted belay just below the start of the 2nd pitch chimney/offwidth . I seconded the second pitch with a pack dangling between my legs, and it sucks!! Either leave the pack on the ground or try and grab the lead for 2nd pitch.