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Located on private land, this is the upper level at Franklin, with a good selection of sport climbs, mostly in the 5.10 range.

Access issues inherited from Franklin Gorge

All known routes at Franklin are located on PRIVATE LAND, and therefor, access should not be taken for granted. Keeping a low profile is of utmost importance. The landowner & his family hunt on the plateau above the routes, so please apprise yourself of the State & Local hunting seasons, and act accordingly.


5-10 minutes

Ethic inherited from Franklin Gorge

Dogs are not welcome (PRIVATE LAND), Leave No Trace, stay on trails, you-damage-trail-you-fix-it-NOW, no trundling onto road, no Quick-Links, no tick marks, clean up your chalk, clean up your tape, no chipping, no theft, no defacement, use camouflaged hardware, inspect & replace worn carabiners, respect red tags, respect hunters & hunting seasons, no top-roping through fixed gear, etc., etc.


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5.11c route deleted Sport

Route decommissioned in March 2008, due to safety concerns (2nd bolt was falling out, others were "shimmed" with glue).

5.12a *** One For One Sport 30ft, 3

3 bolts, with a pair of rings at the top.

FA: Darrel Hensley


9 bolts, finishing at a set of chains.

FFA: George Powell

5.10 * Almost Heaven Sport 5

5 bolts, finishing at a set of ring anchors. An obscure route, situated on a ledge system above the trail.

FFA: Michael Fisher

5.9 route deleted Sport 30ft

Bolts were removed on September 6th 2008, as requested by the first ascent party. This route is named "No Stoppin' The Burn".

FA: Michael Gray

5.11b *** unknown #2 Sport 33ft, 4

One of Franklin's best, but well "hidden" routes. 4 bolts, cold shut anchors at top.

FA: Eddie Begoon

5.9 * No Weld Sport

A little run-out, til you get to the lip.

FA: Mike Artz

5.9 ** Wintermute Sport 66ft, 6

6 bolts, fishing at a set of ring anchors. UPDATE: New top anchor bolts were installed, Spring 2009

FFA: Michael Gray, 2006

5.9 Hand Job Unknown

5 bolts, Metolius rap hangers at top. Starting at the trail, climb short vertical face to a BIG ledge, passing one bolt before the mantel. Continue across the ledge, scrambling up low angled rock to the second bolt. Climb steepening rock, passing another bolt or two, gaining a small roof. Clip another bolt, pull the roof, climb a short headwall to reach the anchors.

FA: The Bum Guides

5.11b ** Persephone Sport 62ft, 4

4 bolts, cold shut anchors. First bolt is very high up, on moderate terrain, but well out of stick-clip range...use your head.

FA: Michael Fisher, 2008

5.8 * Castaways Sport 43ft, 4

4 bolts, finishing at a set of welded cold shuts.

FFA: Tracy Begoon

5.7 * First Aid Sport 33ft, 4

4 bolts, plus ring anchors (recently added).

FA: Michael Fisher

5.10b * unknown #3, AKA: Eddie's Arete Sport 33ft, 3

3 bolts, now has ring anchors. A testy little route.

FFA: Eddie Begoon

5.10d * Captain Hook Sport 39ft, 4

It has been reported that, as of August 2010,the top anchors are missing on this route

FA: M. Fisher

5.10a ** Trident Sport 56ft, 4

4 bolts, plus ring anchors. A complete top anchor replacement, including bolts, was done on this route on May 3rd 2008. UPDATE: Bolts #3 & 4 were replaced, Spring 2009.

FFA: Mike Artz

5.11b The Bends Sport 43ft, 9

5.11c, this is a left finish variation of Decompression Sickness, pulling through the big roof at the end. 9 bolts, chains at top. A very solid route, another testament to the strength of Mr. Begoon. A strong and rather tall young climber from NC once called this one of the "meatiest" routes at Franklin.

FA: Eddie Begoon


7 bolts + ring anchors. Begin just left of "Barnacle Bill", the run to bolt #2 is definitely a "No Fall Zone". Climb past bolts, tending left after the shake-out, then up to a small roof. Pull the roof and continue up to anchors.

FFA: George Powell

5.11b ** Walk The Plank Sport 7

Start on Barnacle Bill, clipping the first 3 bolts, then go left to a good rest, and then through overhang. An excellent route.

FFA: John Burcham

5.11b *** Barnacle Bill Sport 69ft, 9

9 bolts, ring anchors. All remaining cold shuts were replaced with standard hangers in 2008.

FA: Begoon/Clark

5.9 ** Anchors Aweigh Sport

Starts on ledge, to the right of Barnacle Bill. 4 bolts, ring anchors at top.

FA: George Powell

5.10d ** Super Amazing Sea Monkeys Sport 33ft, 5

Situated on the large but exposed ledge, climb the multi-teired overhangs, to a bolt in the last tier. Continue over the lip, and finish at a set of ring anchors. A nice, gymnastic route.

FFA: John Burcham?

5.10d Keelhauled Sport

To the right of Super Amazing Sea Monkeys, 4 bolts, uses anchors of Belly of The Whale.

FA: Darrel Hensley

5.8 * Belly of The Whale Sport 33ft, 5

Through the key hole, last bolted climb on the ledge section. Has been re-bolted and now has one additional bolt from what most guidebooks say.

FA: Michael Gray

5.12b Skid Mark Trad

This is a burly trad route, located about 15 yards to the left of Neptune. Climb moderate terrain to reach the big roof. Climb the slitter crack out the roof, and follow the crack up the short headwall. There is no fixed protection, save for a set of Metolius rap hangers at the top.

FFA: Sam Powell

5.9 Wasp Stop Sport

All hangers removed in March 2008, due to safety concerns (aging & corroded bolts).

FA: Eric Anderson

5.10b ** Neptune Sport
5.10a ** Aqualung Sport

Said to have been the original benchmark for 5.10a at Franklin. Left start is the original line (7 bolts, ring anchors). A right start (3 bolts) was added later.


A right start variation to Aqualung, 3 bolts, then finish on Aqualung.

FA: Ed Begoon

5.9 *** Shipwrecked Sport 75ft, 7

5.9, 7 bolts + ring anchors. Very high quality.

FA: George Powell

5.11d * Hidden Treasure Sport 82ft

FA: Crazy Charlie

5.11d * Bird of Prey Sport 36ft, 4

4 bolts, ring anchors.

FA: Michael Fisher

5.9 ** The Last Laugh Sport 75ft, 8

8 bolts, ring anchors at top. Note: A #1 Camalot was used after the last bolt during the first ascent. An excellent route, which many climbers feel is very stiff for a 5.9, probably a 5.10-.

FA: Michael Gray, 2008

5.8 * Jump Start Sport 33ft, 3

3 bolts, plus ring anchors.

FA: Michael Fisher

5.12a Davy Jones' Locker Sport 62ft, 8

8 bolts, cold shuts. To the right and just uphill from "Jumpstart". Climbing is very steep & sustained, passing five bolts to reach a chain dangling from above the lip of a sizable roof. Climb past the chain, clipping another bolt under the last roof. Powerful & delicate movement gains the final lip, and one more bolt. Pull the lip and continue to a set of welded cold shuts.

FA: Clay Clarke, 2009

5.10a * Early Retirement Sport 43ft, 3

3 bolts, ring anchors at top. Very committing to the first bolt, with bit of a run-out to the anchors as well. Good quality movement, and very solid for a 5.10a.

FA: Scott...?

5.10d ** Rock Your World Sport 43ft, 4

4 bolts, rings at top. Steep, top quality.

FA: John Burcham

5.10a ** Hard Thang Sport

3 bolts. 2 sets of anchors exist...the FFA was to the right anchors.

FA: Michael Gray

5.10b ** Edge-U-Cate Sport 43ft

3 bolts, & ring anchors.

FA: Darrel Hensley

5.11b Mostly Harmless Sport

Traverse right to big roof, then straight out. 4 bolts, plus anchors.

FA: Darrel Hensley

5.10a ** unknown #6 Sport 39ft, 5

5 bolts, ring anchors. A classic route.

FA: Van Eitel?


A variation, diverging to the right, with a separate anchor.

FA: Van Eitel?

5.10b ** unknown #8 Sport

5 bolts, ring anchors.

FA: Van Eitel?

5.9 *** unknown #9 Trad 43ft

Trad route, with cold shut anchor at top.

FA: Scott?


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