Moore’s Wall Sentinel Buttress – Zoo View Area Closed

I copy and pasted this from the Hanging Rock State Park’s website.  I thought you guys should be aware.  Link to the website here (link)

WARNING: Climbing Hazard And Route Closure
Sentinel Buttress – Loose Blocks at 2nd Pitch Rappel Station

Climbers have reported two large loose blocks estimated at 150 and 250 pounds resting on the root ball of a dying pine tree approximately 10 feet west of the rappel hardware at the top of the second pitch on Sentinel Buttress. There are other smaller loose blocks as well. Wind gusts are causing this tree to shift, which could cause these loose blocks to fall.

THE FALL LINE FOR THESE BLOCKS WILL BE DIRECTLY DOWN THE CLIMBING ROUTE AND RAPPELLING ROUTE OF PITCH #2 AND THE CROW’S NEST. THE SENTINEL BUTTRESS ROUTE AND ALL ROUTES USING THIS RAPPEL STATION ARE CLOSED UNTIL THIS HAZARD IS REMOVED.

Climbers are urged to exercise extreme caution in this area, and all routes utilizing this rappel station are closed until the loose rock is removed. The park is coordinating their removal with the Carolina Climbers Coalition. Please contact park staff if you have any questions.

Updated: 2009-04-03 14:55:15

One thought on “Moore’s Wall Sentinel Buttress – Zoo View Area Closed

  1. JT83

    Climbed at Moores Wall, NC last week and there must have been 10 people waiting to rap down the sentinel anchor. There were two people on zoo view, two on airshow and at least 6 on the ledge.

    There is a big discussion on rockclimbing.com about putting in more anchors around moores wall. This issue has been discussed for years and seems to never go anywhere.

    So anyone actually know if they are going to put in some bolted anchors above certain one pitch routes to make it easier to get down so we can do more routes in a day instead of waiting for 45 minutes to get down????

    I would put them in myself since I have bolted a lot of routes an CO but everyone around nc states they will be cut.

    I think the next step is to call the Hanging Rock State Park and explain that there are more and more inexperienced climbers coming to Moores and someone is going to hurt themselves if we don’t get safer anchors up.

    I have been climbing for 12 years and I saw some very unsafe issues this weekend.

    FYI

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