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artmusicsouth


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Are there any guidebooks to bouldering in NC around Boone? I have been to www.ncbouldering.com but they only give directions and no beta or problem info. We are going in a few weeks and would like to maybe check out Grandmother or Lost Cove.

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I've not seen or heard of any guides for Boone area bouldering areas, but that doesn't mean they don't exist. You might try posting on http://www.carolinaclimbers.org.

Consider Blowing Rock Boulders. It's an excellent cool weather destination. It's south facing and all the leaves should be down by the time you visit. There are tons of problems. It's pretty popular, so you should run into someone willing to show you around or at least point you in the right direction.

Lost Cove has some excellent problems, but there aren't that many (compared to Blowing Rock). It also benefits from southern exposure. Parking can be an issue. Check around about potential parking problems.

Grandmother is more of a warm weather destination. It's north facing. Consider the temps before going (especially since the other two places I mentioned get direct sun). It does have a ton of problems, so if the weather is decent, check it out.

You may be fine climbing in cool weather, but given a choice, I'll take 50 & Sunny over 50 & Shady, every time.

Have a good trip.

Pray for dry. :wink:


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Thanks for the info. We hit Blowing Rock years ago and wanted to hit something different. But if Lost Cove doesn't have that much to offer we go there.


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Please don't pass up Lost Cove on my account. Just research it beforehand, to make sure it offers plenty at your level. Also, find out about any access/parking issues.

Another excellent destination is Rumbling Bald. I'm not sure, but I think it's about 1 & 1/2 hours from Boone.


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Rumbling Bald is too far, unfortunetly. We will be working stuff in the V0 - V4 range most likely. Will Lost Cove suffice for that?


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Rumbling Bald is too far, unfortunetly. We will be working stuff in the V0 - V4 range most likely. Will Lost Cove suffice for that?

Grandmother has the most variety of problems in that range and the routes database on this website or locals are your best bet for a guide. Unfortunately most of the documented and well known problems are V5+, not to say all problems are that hard. I suggest you peruse the routes database on this site and then make a decision for yourself.
I have personally felt bouldering grades are a little soft in NC, but that is just me.


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There are a number of excellent boulder problems at Lost Cove up to V4. The aretes there are all three star including the quasi highball Damon's Arete, the moderate classic Patio Arete, and the unforgettable sloper testpieces of the Rent-All Arete and Witness This. There are around five independent lines on the Aquaman wall that check in as solid 5.10 climbs that have just enough height to make you start to quake as you roll over the sloper top outs. Basically, there is more than enough rock to keep you occupied for a full day. And as far as parking goes there is plenty, just beware of bear hunters and roving groups of App State students.


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http://www.ncbouldering.com/


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http://www.ncbouldering.com/

The fact has already been established that www.ncbouldering.com is a waste of time unless you need directions.


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http://www.ncbouldering.com/

The fact has already been established that www.ncbouldering.com is a waste of time unless you need directions.

Well thank you, Detective, for reestablishing the fact. I do apologize for the inconvenience you must have suffered.


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http://www.ncbouldering.com/

The fact has already been established that www.ncbouldering.com is a waste of time unless you need directions.

Well thank you, Detective, for reestablishing the fact. I do apologize for the inconvenience you must have suffered.

Apology accepted


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Alrighty then spewmasters, have you put your peckers back in your pants yet??

It isn't exactly Boone (and as such I'm sure will be labeled as insufficient and lame) but the base of Stone Mtn. is very much worth a day's visit. It's not a huge area but there are lots of really good problems at all grades in a small area. It's also South facing so nice and warm on a sunny day. It's only about an hour from boone.......

John


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Alrighty then spewmasters, have you put your peckers back in your pants yet??

It isn't exactly Boone (and as such I'm sure will be labeled as insufficient and lame) but the base of Stone Mtn. is very much worth a day's visit. It's not a huge area but there are lots of really good problems at all grades in a small area. It's also South facing so nice and warm on a sunny day. It's only about an hour from boone.......

John

Again thanks to all the above aformentioned posters but to my dismay ya'll seem to have a serious mental problem. Wow great I can go to stone mountain and climb on some boulders. I can drive down the street two blocks and climb on some boulders if I wanted to. Telling someone where boulders are located does not seem to be advantageous. The problem is, if you have not figured it out yet, the lack of guides to said areas. So stop posting about your "sweet bouldering spot" because there is no freaking guidebook to it.


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Here's a thought organic...Use the directions to find a bouldering area and then explore. Climb what looks good. Peak around in the woods and find another boulder. Repeat until spent.

Many of us here in NC like the fact that there are no guidebooks to the bouldering. It means that there is still some adventure left to climbing here. It means you can still find new problems (for you) at areas you've climbed at for 10 years. Rather than shuffle around with your head buried in a book, you wait for the leaves to fall and wander through the woods looking for the next treasure.

The majority of locals around here are very happy to share information and point newcomers in the right direction. All you've done since arriving in NC is complain, complain, and complain some more about locals, ethics, and now guidebooks. How do you expect locals to warm up to you if you spend all your time villifying them?


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Here's a thought organic...Use the directions to find a bouldering area and then explore. Climb what looks good. Peak around in the woods and find another boulder. Repeat until spent.

Many of us here in NC like the fact that there are no guidebooks to the bouldering. It means that there is still some adventure left to climbing here. It means you can still find new problems (for you) at areas you've climbed at for 10 years. Rather than shuffle around with your head buried in a book, you wait for the leaves to fall and wander through the woods looking for the next treasure.

The majority of locals around here are very happy to share information and point newcomers in the right direction. All you've done since arriving in NC is complain, complain, and complain some more about locals, ethics, and now guidebooks. How do you expect locals to warm up to you if you spend all your time villifying them?

Am I a celebrity yet?


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Here's a thought organic...Use the directions to find a bouldering area and then explore. Climb what looks good. Peak around in the woods and find another boulder. Repeat until spent.

Many of us here in NC like the fact that there are no guidebooks to the bouldering. It means that there is still some adventure left to climbing here. It means you can still find new problems (for you) at areas you've climbed at for 10 years. Rather than shuffle around with your head buried in a book, you wait for the leaves to fall and wander through the woods looking for the next treasure.

The majority of locals around here are very happy to share information and point newcomers in the right direction. All you've done since arriving in NC is complain, complain, and complain some more about locals, ethics, and now guidebooks. How do you expect locals to warm up to you if you spend all your time villifying them?

Am I a celebrity yet?

Only in your head.


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