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By engineer1984
From Ogden, UT
Aug 27, 2014
Hi all,

I'm travelling to meet up with a friend in Asheville. She doesn't climb too much, but I'm trad climbing low 10's out here in Utah, so I'm comfy with trad and all that goes with it, etc, etc.

Is there a place near Asheville that would be cool multipitch route for someone at a 5.6 / 5.7 ish level? If it's sport, that's cool too. Less gear I suppose.

I only have one 60 m rope, so raps need to fit that. Maybe I could borrow a rope, but it would make life simpler if I didn't have to.

She isn't too much of a scaredy-cat, so exposure would be neat.

Thanks and cheers,

Andy

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By csproul
From Rancho Cordova, CA
Aug 27, 2014
Summit of Wolf's Head with Pingora in the background
Looking Glass..although it might be pretty toasty until fall and the 1-rope thing might be a bit difficult.

Table Rock in Linville Gorge, it's a bit farther away.

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By Izza
Aug 27, 2014
The Daddy in Linville Gorge is a classic. No rapping - just hike down to the bottom of the Amphitheater and climb out.

mountainproject.com/v/the-dadd...

The Mummy is also down there - a little bit easier and not as long.

mountainproject.com/v/the-mumm...

It would be a full day to do one of these routes leaving from Asheville but well worth it.

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By TomCaldwell
From Clemson, S.C.
Aug 27, 2014
Me on One Pitch Wonder at Whitesides.  Photo credits to Kyle Jones and his lucky anti-rain jacket.
You rap most of the routes at the Nose of Looking Glass with a single rope. The route is 5.8, but the moves are easy one move crux's. Stone Depot has several easy mostly bolted routes as well that can be rapped with a single 60m. You should try to get an early start for the Nose since it gets sun in the afternoon.

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By Nick Colquitt
From Charlotte
Aug 27, 2014
Second the reccomendation for stone depot. It is on cedar rock and the hike is a bit long, but it will build up your legs for harder slabbin' later on. A rack of singles will suffice as it has plenty of bolts. you can link pitches easily too.

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By engineer1984
From Ogden, UT
Aug 28, 2014
Thanks a lot!

You guys rock! I'm going to do some digging on the routes / places you recommended.

Cheers,

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By Brian Payst
Aug 28, 2014
grayson highlands
You have a lot of options at Table Rock as well. Several moderate, multi pitch routes there that will suit you fine and many you can top out and walk off.

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By TJ Souther
From Brevard, NC
Aug 28, 2014
I don't think you can rap the nose with a single 60 meter rope? Unless there is a creative way of doing it that I don't know about...

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By Ernest W
From Raleigh, NC
Aug 28, 2014
Same here - always needed doubles to rap off the Nose.

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By TomCaldwell
From Clemson, S.C.
Aug 29, 2014
Me on One Pitch Wonder at Whitesides.  Photo credits to Kyle Jones and his lucky anti-rain jacket.
Ernest W wrote:
Same here - always needed doubles to rap off the Nose.


You can't rap the last pitch, but I believe you can rap back down the route. Never tried it, but the pitch descriptions here are all 100' except the last.

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By Trav W.
Aug 29, 2014
Tom,
you can rap from the parking lot ledge down with a 70 but not a 60. From the bolts on the edge of the parking lot ledge, you only have a few feet on each side of the rope going back down to the top of the second pitch. A 60 would not reach it.

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By Brad Caldwell
From Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Aug 29, 2014
We've helped several folks off the Nose in the past, that thought they could rap with one 60m. We actually had to rescue a guy that had rapped all the way to his knots and couldnt reach the next station...he was shitting bricks while dangling hundreds of feet up, while his girlfriend was freaking out above at the rap station. Fun times!

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By Adam Burch
From San Dieger
Aug 29, 2014
you local?
Brad Caldwell wrote:
We've helped several folks off the Nose in the past, that thought they could rap with one 60m. We actually had to rescue a guy that had rapped all the way to his knots and couldnt reach the next station...he was shitting bricks while dangling hundreds of feet up, while his girlfriend was freaking out above at the rap station. Fun times!


Prusik?!?!?

What dew you mean!?!/1/!!

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By engineer1984
From Ogden, UT
Sep 3, 2014
Thanks a lot again for all your help.

Unfortunately, it rained all weekend and I wasn't able to find a window of opportunity to climb.

Fortunately, western NC and eastern TN are really beautiful so we enjoyed it in other ways. I'd love to climb out there sometime. Great swimming holes too!

Cheers,

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By Trav W.
Sep 3, 2014
It didn't rain at Looking Glass this weekend. Sorry you weren't able to get out.

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