Hey guys, I'll be in Raleigh for Thanksgiving weekend looking for some easy trad routes close by, any suggestions? 5.4 - 5.10 would be ideal.
Moores Wall has a northwestern orientation so given the weather forecast for the weekend it would be a lousy choice. Pilot is around a 2 hour drive from Raleigh but is mostly sport or TR but there are a few trad lines. As Jonathan noted Stone is a little bit further away and while it has some nice trad routes most options are multi pitch and involve some runout slab climbing. You could do Dirty Crack (5.8) to the Tree Ledge and then the Great Arch (5.5) to the top though which would be well protected all the way. It's easy to walk off from the top too using the hiking trail.
By Jake Jones From The Eastern Flatlands Nov 26, 2013
Stone is 2.5 hours from Raleigh give or take. Both Moore's and Pilot are ~2 hours. I agree with going to either Moore's or Pilot as opposed to Stone if you're not into slab. However, there are plenty of single pitch easy-ish routes at Stone. Most of them require two ropes to get you back down to the ground though, so keep that in mind. Also keep in mind that if you don't have a partner, there is good bouldering at Moore's if you have a pad with you. I've bouldered there around New Years when the temp wasn't above 40. I've never been to Pilot so I can't help you there. I hear there's top access to a lot of the routes so if you're solo that might help to get some roped routes in.