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L to R R to L Alpha
American Dream S 
Aqua Lung S 
Climb With A View S 
Code 3 S 
Dragon, The S 
Duty, Honor, Country S 
Fin, The S 
Fire Ants S 
First Encounter S 
Got Hops? S 
Jean Claude Trans-Am (F.A. 2001) S 
Jigsaw, The S 
Let's Roll S 
Ron Rico S 
Slipstream: V3 (F.A. 2006) T 
Tanqueray S 
Tiny Gun S 
Wall of Voodoo S 
Wizard, The S 
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Little Wilson Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Colin Cunningham on Apr 10, 2011
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Little Wilson is a wonderful small bolted climbing area that is right off the 221 freeway near Boone, NC. It is about 300 yards away from the dump. It has about 12 routes rating from 5.8 to 5.12 but is really easy climbing. The rock is wonderful with lots of features and overhanging walls.

Getting There 

Take the 221 freeway towards avery county. If you are coming from the Boone area, once you pass into Avery county stop at the 3rd parking area. Walk along the road until you get to get to the red rusted refrigerator. Turn left there and follow the trail. It is a 20 to 30 minute hike that involves alot of either downhill (To get there) or uphill (to get out) all in all, very worth it!

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.5 miles from here

19 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Little Wilson

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Little Wilson:
The Fin   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 45'   
Ron Rico   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 45'   
Climb With A View   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 60'   
Code 3   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 50'   
First Encounter   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 40'   
Tiny Gun   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 50'   
Let's Roll   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13     Sport, 50'   
Duty, Honor, Country   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 40'   
The Dragon   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 40'   
Aqua Lung   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Sport, 25'   
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Featured Route For Little Wilson
Rock Climbing Photo: Getting into the steepness above the first bolt.  ...

Code 3 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  NC : Little Wilson
Steep jugs! No other way to describe this area classic. Probably the best route on the wall and deservedly so.Gain the ledge below the route by either starting out left (harder) or out right. Traverse the big ledge to get below the first bolt on the route. Start cranking on the jugs to get to the first bolt. Make a slightly reach move to get to the first section of steepness. Clip another bolt and the wall goes back to vertical. Get another bolt just below the big roof. Move up and left ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NC

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Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up at Wall of Voodoo and Climb With a View...
Looking up at Wall of Voodoo and Climb With a View...
Rock Climbing Photo: Trailhead
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By TomCaldwell
From: Clemson, S.C.
Jul 4, 2011
Pick up a copy of Mike Grimm's "The High Country Cragger" from Well worth the investment for some great 221 cragging.

This area also has several climbs that stay dry in a rain and sheltered from the sun. The cliff faces west and is predominately a sport climbing crag. The red refrigerator is no longer at the trail head. I guess someone was nice enough to dispose of it.
By LizRut
May 23, 2013
Does anyone know of another land mark to use to know where to cut down into the trail? I was unable to find it since the fridge is missing.
By Mike Nevko
From: Currently Charlotte
Apr 12, 2015
0.8 miles from the dump parking lot, if you cross the bridge/waterfall you have gone too far. From parking lot, walk down the road until you find the well beaten trail.
By LanceKaminer
Jul 26, 2015
Alright place to climb. Worth going to and enjoying. Make sure you set aside some time to walk down the stream, very very pretty.

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