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The Prow

The Prow

The Prow

Page Type: Route

Location: North Carolina, United States, North America

Object Title: The Prow

Route Type: Trad Climbing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Less than two hours

Rock Difficulty: 5.4 (YDS)

Number of Pitches: 4

Grade: II

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Page By: ZachStone

Created/Edited: Jul 7, 2009 / Jul 7, 2009

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Classic climb in The Amphitheater. It is the prominent ridge forming the north (to your right as you descend the approach gully) edge of The Amphitheater. Fun, easy, well protected, exposed climbing. Good beta in Lambert and Shull's NC guidebooks. Nice way to end a day and avoid the nasty walk off from the Mummy/Daddy. Climb those first, rap back into the amphitheater and exit via The Prow

Getting There

-Park in the Table Rock parking lot. Take the trail on the south end of the lot, by the restrooms, and follow it a while. Not sure on distance, but you will pass through a wonderfully exposed section on a ridge called the Chimneys, guides will often be top-roping here.
-After passing the Chimneys and back into the woods watch for 3 faint trails to your right. The Amphitheater trail is the third and most distinct trail. It may or may not have a cairn marking it. If you start descending steeply you passed the trail and double back.
-This trail will descend sharply down of the top of a steep gully. Follow the climbers trail descending the right edge of the gully. It is often slippery and wet, this might be the crux of the route.
-Locate the Open Book (.11). It is a massive obvious overhanging dihedral to your right.
-The Prow is the first main corner past the open book. Look for a slabby section leading to a small roof with the tree on the left hand corner of the roof. This on P1
-Talus hop and scramble cross the boulders in the gully until you reach a flat spot at the base of the prow. It gets tons of traffic and is quite obvious

Route Description

P1-Climb up to a small roof, dodge to the left and wander up to a big ledge ~50m
P2- Climb the huge, easy slab to a ledge under a huge roof with large left facing dihedral ~50m
P3- The Money Pitch. You want to lead this one. Head out the dihedral staying low and to the left to use the massive jugs, move left onto the face, and romp up the massively juggy and wildly exposed finish. Completely amazing. ~30m
P4- Traverse across vegetated rock set, climb up the vegatated rock to an obvious ledge. Set up belay, escape to summit via easy chimney

Follow the cliff edge around the rim of the amphitheater to the top of the approach gully

Essential Gear

Standard light rack. More fun in approach shoes with minimal gear. A few cams, runners and a few stoppers ought do

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