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The Dump recieves lots of sun, making it a great winter destination. It also has probably the best concentration of sport routes in the NC High Country. That being said, you may find lots of people here. They'll probably be concentrated on a small handful of routes, though. The metamorphic sandstone lends itself to nice edges, pockets, and other faceholds. There's a good mix of steep and slabby routes at a variety of difficulties.
The Dump is roadside off of Highway 221 between Blowing Rock and Linville. Coming from Blowing Rock, look for a large dirt parking lot on the left just past the Avery/Caldwell county line sign. Leave your car and hike up the obvious trail to the cliff (about 2 minutes).
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Dump:
Is This How You Clip? AKA: Douglas's Excellent Adventure 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'
Homegrown 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Vermin 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Dancing with the Pope 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Dumpster Diving 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 45'
"Boyz n Berry" Dickcheese 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch
Voodoo Child 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Fry Cleaned 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, 65'
Unwritten Law 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 45'
Ride the Lightning 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
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Unwritten Law 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b NC : The Dump
Excellent steep sport climb for the Boone region. Super solid rock and great holds. A good flow of climbing between protection. Hard lunge crux at the very last move off crimps to a large ledge. If you have the guns, clip the anchor and continue onto upper face to another anchor. This extension is called (Ride the Lightening 13b FA. Joey Henson), which rating includes the entire route with extra finish. ...[more] Browse More Classics in NC
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