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Stu at the crux.
This is the obvious crack feature in the center of the left Amphitheater wall. Great climbing with an exciting crux at the top. The centerpiece of the area and one of the best routes at Moores.
Amphitheater, left wall.
Standard rack. This route can seem run out due to tricky placements. However, there is gear available for every section. Get a creative piece for the roof right off the ground. After the high crux, there is a good placement that is hard to see. Many just run it to the top. Fixed anchor with rings.
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From: Flat Place, NC
Aug 30, 2010
It's safe, but really tough to protect well onsight. The possible big whip is safe, though (so i've heard). Awesome route!
From: Farmington, nc
Jul 18, 2011
Steller Climb! Best Climb I have done in NC so far....
From: Raleigh, NC
Nov 8, 2011
Truly classic climb. I have only followed it - the gear looks very tricky. Pretty awesome to watch the pro puzzle be unlocked. An onsight lead would be really impressive.
|By Heath Alexander|
From: Winston-Salem, NC
Nov 28, 2011
One of the most beautiful lines at Moores. I worked on this off and on all season. Wish I could say I did it ground up, but I top-roped it before I started working on the lead. Be prepared for a moderate runout at the high crux; the gear is solid but well below your feet. I took the fall a few times and it is very safe. Also ended up with a groundfall length runout at the top, but the climbing is easy. I think there may be some gear after the crux, but I was too pumped to stop and place it.
|By Robert Hutchins|
Dec 21, 2011
If you are skilled, and maybe a little creative, with your gear you can do the entire climb without ever having to do a move harder than 5.7 with gear below your feet. You can actually get great overhead gear for the crux if you have some skills with tricams, and another more shallow piece ~3' lower than that. Classic Climb!