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If you are looking for a nice place in the back country to camp and climb for a couple days, then this is the place for you. However, it is also pretty reasonable to hike in and just climb for the day. There is fantastic camping down along the Linville river, with a short approach up to the crag, and great swimming holes along the river in this location. The wall faces mostly north, but is fairly well sheltered from the winds. The rock is the same high quality stuff found at Hawksbill. The routes are mostly natural, following fantastic features, including a wild freestanding pinnacle. The cliff is very small, but the quantity and quality makes it a worthy endeavour. Also, of special not: the popular bouldering area is located below the crag, extending northward towards the bridge.
From the west rim (Kistler Memorial Hwy), approach via Connely Cove trail. Upon reaching the river walk north for about 5-10 minutes. The approach trail is off to the left on a subtle ridge just before walking below the lower cliff band (obvious). Follow it uphill for about 200 yards until you enter through the wild chimney seperating the Spire/Pinnacle and the main wall. It should take about 45 minutes to get there. Note: One can also approach the river trail via Spence Ridge Trail. It is longer, but with much less elevation change. Generally, people approaching from the east rim would be better off seeing this route.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Linville River Crag:
In there like swimwear... 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 50'
Chimney Man 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 80'
Switcharoo 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 65'
Tightsqueeze 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 90'
Casual Corner 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Trad, 80'
Light Thoughts... 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, 45'
Default Plan 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 45'
Hemlock Arete 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, Sport, 75'
Crimson Corner 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, 80'
Jackpot 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Trad, 80'
Slim Pickins' 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Sport, 45'
Garden Variety 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Trad, 50'
Creepy Corner 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Trad, 80'
Clever Corner 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Trad, 70'
It's about Time... 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Trad, 75'
Hell In A Handbasket 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Bad Monkey 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 55'
Vaseline Machine Gun 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Featured Route For Linville River Crag
Hell In A Handbasket 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a NC : Linville Gorge : Linville River Crag
This route was recently extended through the large roof block at the top. There has been an additional bolt placed that protects the climbing to the roof.Climb past 4 bolts and gear to a transition in the chimney just below the large roof crack block. Climb the rail through the large roof to a 2 bolt anchor. The roof is protected by a #3 camelot. It is possible to use a bigger cam but it's not necessary. Note: bring 2 shoulder length slings to extend the 2 bolt anchor for top-roping....[more] Browse More Classics in NC
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