Wes and Ben were by no means the first people to explore this wall. There were already a couple of lines bolted with modern equipment when they got there but it was obvious from the overgrown lichen and friable rock that this wall had not been climbed out. They were not the first there, but developing is not about being the first. Developing a wall is about making it accessible to the motivated, adventurous souls looking to push the boundaries of established lines. It is about bettering the rock climbing community by adding one more area to explore. It is about a whole lot of work… and a helluva lot of fun.
This spring Wes and Ben are getting their fill of undocumented routes and they asked me to keep the exact location a secret but I can tell you that once it is developed it will be exciting.
I am hesitant to call anything a “first ascent” because you can never be 100% certain that nobody has climbed that route before. What I can be sure of is that this wall is about as virgin as North Carolina rock comes. On the whole the rock is covered in lichen which makes it very apparent where people have climbed before because you literally have to clean the lichen in front of you as you go. Also there is an abundant amount of very loose rock sitting on top of bomber solid rock which keeps the belayer on his toes as it continually flakes off of the wall. Unlike Crowders Mountain, where all the rock is crap, once this first layer of crap rock is cleaned the routes will eat up pro that you can set and forget.
Over the next few days I am going to write up the few routes that they have put up so far. If you’re interested in helping with their project shoot me a message via the “About Me” page on top or leave a comment. At the end of the day it is up to them if they want to share their baby but I can tell you that it will be fun to watch this project evolve.