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jon06


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February in N. Carolina?  (North_America: United_States: North_Carolina)
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So, I will be making my first trip to the east coast (Charlotte, NC to be exact) - F*** yeah! Super Stoked! I'll be there for two weeks.

...but, with my luck, its for a wedding, and its in February - not so stoked

None the less, I'm bringing a full rack and I'll be with my girlfriend, who climbs as well.

What are my chances of getting to use that rack?
Is it all going to be under snow? If not, where would be the most classic places to get some routes done at?

Any advise would be appreciated,

Thanx
Jonathan


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Laurel knob, Rumbling Bald, Looking Glass, Stone Moutnain, Crowders, Pilot...all can be climbed in February if it is dry and assuming there isn't a real cold snap. Of those, I'd look at Rumbling Bald first, as it's relatively close to Charlotte. Crowders and Pilot would be last on my list, especially if you want trad.


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Looking Glass! (south side and nose area)
Rumbling Bald!
Linville Gorge! (Table Rock, Shortoff in the sun)

Too cold for Moore's, Whitesides. Stone Mountain is not worth the time.


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Warm places that wont be snowed in:
Rumbling Bald, Crowders (near Charlotte but well yea not a destination) Stone Mountain (who needs a rack for there anyway???)

If it hasn't been snowed in then you might be able to get up to Looking Glass. I'd call looking glass outfitters before heading out and check on conditions. Its not so much the rock but the road that you cant pass through.

Dont have infor on any of the central crags or really western crags, so others can chime in.


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tks wrote:
Looking Glass! (south side and nose area)
Rumbling Bald!
Linville Gorge! (Table Rock, Shortoff in the sun)

Too cold for Moore's, Whitesides. Stone Mountain is not worth the time.
Blasphemy!


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jon06 wrote:
So, I will be making my first trip to the east coast (Charlotte, NC to be exact) - F*** yeah! Super Stoked! I'll be there for two weeks.

...but, with my luck, its for a wedding, and its in February - not so stoked

None the less, I'm bringing a full rack and I'll be with my girlfriend, who climbs as well.

What are my chances of getting to use that rack?
Is it all going to be under snow? If not, where would be the most classic places to get some routes done at?

Any advise would be appreciated,

Thanx
Jonathan
This far in advance, you can only reasonably expect to have temps somewhere between 20 and 60 during the day in NC. Crowders is right there outside Charlotte and allegedly can be climbed in winter. Otherwise, Rumbling Bald, Stone Mountain, Shortoff, Looking Glass, and Cook's Wall are probably your best bets, provided the sun is shining. If it's really cold, Stone might be your best bet, and you can pare down your rack considerably.


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csproul wrote:
tks wrote:
Looking Glass! (south side and nose area)
Rumbling Bald!
Linville Gorge! (Table Rock, Shortoff in the sun)

Too cold for Moore's, Whitesides. Stone Mountain is not worth the time.
Blasphemy!
For reals.

I just looked up the historical data for Asheville, and the record high there in Feb is around 78, while the record low was around -5. Nutty.


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Very cool. Thanks.

A lot of these areas being mentioned I've heard of or have looked up in the past. I'm glad to hear that I have a good chance of getting to enjoy some of the destination spots.

I was really worried this trip would be a bust for climbing because of the weather. I'll keep my fingers crossed.


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looking glass was really warm when i was there in feb. a few year ago, south side anyway. but as far that goes, it could snowing 6" on one side of the mountain while bright and sunny on the other. good luck
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csproul wrote:
tks wrote:
Looking Glass! (south side and nose area)
Rumbling Bald!
Linville Gorge! (Table Rock, Shortoff in the sun)

Too cold for Moore's, Whitesides. Stone Mountain is not worth the time.
Blasphemy!

Seriously, I just don't get it. Slab climbing is fun every once in a while, but compare that to any line at Shortoff. How can you compare Yardarm to Straight and Narrow?

Second, there's nothing special about Stone. If you've climbed slab in California or New England, then the style at Stone will be familiar. This guy is from Oceanside, so I assume he's been to Suicide...


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csproul wrote:
tks wrote:
Looking Glass! (south side and nose area)
Rumbling Bald!
Linville Gorge! (Table Rock, Shortoff in the sun)

Too cold for Moore's, Whitesides. Stone Mountain is not worth the time.
Blasphemy!

This statements "usually" indicates a certain lack of testicular fortitude....


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tks wrote:
csproul wrote:
tks wrote:
Looking Glass! (south side and nose area)
Rumbling Bald!
Linville Gorge! (Table Rock, Shortoff in the sun)

Too cold for Moore's, Whitesides. Stone Mountain is not worth the time.
Blasphemy!

Seriously, I just don't get it. Slab climbing is fun every once in a while, but compare that to any line at Shortoff. How can you compare Yardarm to Straight and Narrow?

Second, there's nothing special about Stone. If you've climbed slab in California or New England, then the style at Stone will be familiar. This guy is from Oceanside, so I assume he's been to Suicide...
Shortoff is awesome, but if the weather gets cold in February, where do you think you'd have a better chance of climbing...Shortoff or Stone? In my opinion, Straight and Narrow is awesome, but Great White Way and Bombay Groove are every bit as good. I agree that I wouldn't want to climb there all the time, but it is well worth a visit (or a few a year if you live here). [sarcasm]If what you're saying is true, then next time I'm in Southern CA during the warm season, I'll make sure to skip Suicide since I've already done a bit of slab climbing.[/sarcasm]


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csproul wrote:
tks wrote:
csproul wrote:
tks wrote:
Looking Glass! (south side and nose area)
Rumbling Bald!
Linville Gorge! (Table Rock, Shortoff in the sun)

Too cold for Moore's, Whitesides. Stone Mountain is not worth the time.
Blasphemy!

Seriously, I just don't get it. Slab climbing is fun every once in a while, but compare that to any line at Shortoff. How can you compare Yardarm to Straight and Narrow?

Second, there's nothing special about Stone. If you've climbed slab in California or New England, then the style at Stone will be familiar. This guy is from Oceanside, so I assume he's been to Suicide...
Shortoff is awesome, but if the weather gets cold in February, where do you think you'd have a better chance of climbing...Shortoff or Stone? In my opinion, Straight and Narrow is awesome, but Great White Way and Bombay Groove are every bit as good. I agree that I wouldn't want to climb there all the time, but it is well worth a visit (or a few a year if you live here). [sarcasm]If what you're saying is true, then next time I'm in Southern CA during the warm season, I'll make sure to skip Suicide since I've already done a bit of slab climbing.[/sarcasm]

I just moved out of NC, and if I was back in Clt for 2 weeks (in Feb) there are 3 places I would hit: Shortoff, Looking Glass, and Rumbling Bald.

I thought Stone was worth a visit when I lived in NC, but not on a short trip. The drive from there to Morgantown or Lake Lure seems like a pain.

I don't want to seem negative on NC climbing, because I love it, but Stone Mtn just doesn't get me worked up. The variety and volume at RB alone makes it hard to justify the drive to Stone.

And if you're in SoCal on a short trip in warm weather, I'd suggest Tacquitz or Holcolm Valley (or JTree or New Jack in cooler weather). I like slab climbing once in a while, but I wouldn't seek it out on a trip when there is so much more variety available.


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