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Feb 27, 2005, 12:46 PM
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The girdle traverse @ Stone Mountain, NC  (North_America: United_States: North_Carolina: Central: Stone_Mountain_State_Park)
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Does anyone have any information about the Girdle Traverse aka Spiderman Swings South at Stone Mountain? Also, does anyone have any experience with the routes to the far left of the south face of Stone Mtn such as The Discipline and the routes to its left?


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I'm stumped. Did you try CCC?


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I havent done The Discipline, but from what I hear it is ridiculously hard. My friend put up Scimitar (also Stone Mtn 12a) and claims he could never do The Discipline and never will. All that I have heard about the traverse is that pulling to the top of the Arch is tough. Apparently the leader can climb one of the trees sticking out of the arch if his belayer holds it steady, but the move is really tough for the follower (who has nobody holding the tree).


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Tree climbing, while on a route... interesting. :D


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You'll grab anything that looks like a hold when you're on Stone. I climbed there for the first time this weekend and was pretty sure I was going to die the entire time. I was more afraid of death and skin-loss following 'easy' routes there than any ice, alpine, or rock I've ever been on. That place is nuts.


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Can't help you with the girdle traverse but I have done a few of the routes on the far left end of the south face. They are very steep for the first 100 feet or so. Definitely not slab climbing. Face and crack climbing depending on the route. There is also a roof band about 50 feet up that The Discipline and several other routes go through. I have done Fleet Feet (5.10a) which is a very cool route, Fantastic which has the best single pitch at Stone with crack, face and slab climbing on the first pitch and I have tried (but failed on several times) Mcgready's route which is also called Happy Trails. The first pitch is steep face that goes about 5.9. It's quite nice with a couple of manky bolts that need replacing. The second pitch pulls through the same roof band as the Discipline and is maybe mid 5.11 but it's always shut me down so I don't know how it is above the roof.

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Rowins and I free-climbed this after he first did it with an aid point or two in the early eighties. Starts far right on low angle easy slabs with minimal gear, crosses the arch at an in-obvious reach (aid was here), finishes on Fantastic. I seem to recall getting a pitch of Grand Funk along the way and perhaps a belay on Dream Waves. Hope this helps, I'll be visiting the area for the 1st time in 20 years in May, perhaps that'll jog some brain cells.


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phaedrus moved this thread from General to Regional Discussions.


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There used to be a route on Cathedral Ledge in New Hampshire that included a large pine tree from the first ledge to the second. Protection was climbing the tree in a spiral. It fell a few years ago and now one must climb the crack nearby at a higher rating.


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1st post and it's to resurrect a thread from over a year ago?


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