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By Aidan Stewart
From Richmond, VA
Dec 30, 2013
pitch 1 of the nose.

I've heard tell of climbing on John Rock by Looking Glass. Anyone have any info on these routes?


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By photocodo
From Hendersonville, NC
Dec 30, 2013
The "crack"

Ive heard rumors of some old boy scout routes with some bolts but never seen them or heard if its even worth getting on. I am interested to hear what others have to say too.


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By Emil Briggs
Dec 30, 2013

I hiked around the base around 10 years ago and saw a couple of bolted lines plus a few that might go on gear. Don't know any details about them though.


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By Aidan Stewart
From Richmond, VA
Dec 30, 2013
pitch 1 of the nose.

Someone told me that a lot of the bolts got chopped, and the guy who put in a lot of the FA's there just left fixed webbing nests stuffed in the eyebrows for people to clip.


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By courthouse
Dec 30, 2013

There is a great ice route Earl Redfern put up with Bob Ordner on 2nd, "Dorty Hamill's Dirty Pantie's", 180ft 3+/4-.


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By TomCaldwell
From Clemson, S.C.
Dec 30, 2013
Me on One Pitch Wonder at Whitesides.  Photo credits to Kyle Jones and his lucky anti-rain jacket.

Check out Mike Reardon's Cedar Rock guide. There is at least one route in there, but it also has some beta for getting there. Consider it an adventure crag. Bring some bail 'biners a huge pair of huevos.


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By Brian Abram
From Columbia, SC
Dec 30, 2013
Brian Abram, leading pitch 2 of Dinkus Dog on the South Side of Looking Glass.  Kyle Sox is belaying.

John Rock has several rock lines, but I've only done the most popular one. It's probably one of the better 5.9+ routes in the area. I've heard it called Rattlesnake Crack, but I don't know if that's the original name.

Park at the Fish Hatchery. Go past the gate and turn right to follow the trail along the fence line. Hike to the low spot/small flow of water and turn left without crossing it. Go to the rock face. Walk right until you see a small alcove up on the face at the base of a crack with a bolted belay. That is your line. Continue up and right (scrambling sort of) as high as possible on a dirt hill. Rack up at the top of the dirt.

Climb from the top of the dirt hill up and left in a rising traverse to the bolted belay station. 5.4ish runout.

Pull the crux right above the belay (5.9++) and climb for 180 feet of 5.7 hand crack and belay.

Move belay 20 feet left to below bolts.

Climb past bolts and to the left for another 80 feet of 5.8.

If Dorothy Hamill ever comes in, it is fantastic.


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By Br'er Rabbit
From The Deeper South
Dec 30, 2013
'Bred en bawn in a brier-patch, Brer Fox--bred en bawn in a brier-patch!'

courthouse wrote:
There is a great ice route Earl Redfern put up with Bob Ordner on 2nd, "Dorty Hamill's Dirty Pantie's", 180ft 3+/4-.


Earl Redfern! On of the wildest Southern climbers/jumpers in recent history!

Check out the BASE into Tallulah Gorge at 1:26!



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By courthouse
Dec 30, 2013

Yea, Earl was a badass!


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