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By Janine Connell
May 14, 2014
DNA/ P. Chico  5.10a

MP says climbs b/t Tight Rope and BumbleBee Butress are closed in Spring for falcons. I don't see either of those climbs on the map or in my guidebook. Can someone give me an idea of where they are. Are White Lightining or Slip's into Darkness open?

Thanks

JC


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By Trav W.
May 14, 2014

Those climbs are on the Carolina Wall. Nothing on Table Rock is closed for Falcons. Enjoy White Lightning and Slippin'. Both fun routes.


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By Janine Connell
May 14, 2014
DNA/ P. Chico  5.10a

Awesome. Thanks! I cant wait - White Lightning looks so awesome. My second is not an experienced climber, but i figure she'll be able to pull on gear and get through it and im willing to sacrifice a few pieces. Thanks!


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By Trav W.
May 14, 2014

Make sure to finish White Lightning on the second pitch of the North Ridge. It is only 5.5 but adds more fun climbing with great exposure.


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By Andy Million
From Murfreesboro TN
May 14, 2014
RRG, Send me on my way 5.9-

I'm going to hop on this post before I head out to Linville Gorge.

Is The Climber's Guide to North Carolina (3rd edition) superior to Selected Climbs in NC? I'm mainly focused on Linville and Laurel at this point. Selected Climbs seems to be lacking quite a bit, especially when I started looking into the Seasonal closures.


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By Trav W.
May 14, 2014

If you are wanting to go to Laurel Knob, The newest edition of the Selects is the best choice mostly because it isn't in other books. If you are looking to do the classic routes in the gorge or table rock, it gets the job done.


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By Andy Million
From Murfreesboro TN
May 14, 2014
RRG, Send me on my way 5.9-

Good stuff, thanks Trav.


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By Jonathan Dull
From NC High County
May 15, 2014
Edge of a Dream

I had a similar question a few months back. See the following thread-- mountainproject.com/v/nc-beta-questions/108599347#a_10860112>>>

I called the rangers in charge of the Grandfather Ranger District (who have jurisdiction in Linville Gorge) and asked them a few questions regarding closures; I let them know that a lot of the routes they were using to describe the location of closures were not in any recent guidebooks.

Also on a side note, I actually did see a closure sign wrapped around a tree on the East Face last weekend. It was a little before you approach Blood, Sweat and Tears and The Honeymoon. It was the first time I've ever seen a closure sign around the East Face. Does anyone have additional information about this? In my first hand experience the rangers seemed pretty unfamiliar with actual routes names and had a difficult time detailing closure locations.


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By Kevin Shon
May 15, 2014
This guy...

Is it perhaps that the closure sign is old, and in regard to the fires? I haven't been up to TR yet this season.Typically most routes are open on TR proper/not closed due to falcon activity. I would suggest calling the rangers to double check.


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By Jonathan Dull
From NC High County
May 15, 2014
Edge of a Dream

This was a brand new sign. I climb at Table Rock and Linville very frequently and haven't noticed a sign there before. That's why it was kind of confusing.


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By Brian Payst
May 15, 2014
grayson highlands

We post the NC and SC closures on the CCC web site as well carolinaclimbers.org/closures

The Forest Service hasn't sent out any notice of new closures at Table Rock and that's not historically been a Peregrine nesting area in the gorge. The issue of route names and the current guidebooks is something the CCC plans to work on with the Grandfather ranger district as well, it's been a source of confusion for a number of people.


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By Janine Connell
May 15, 2014
DNA/ P. Chico  5.10a

Thanks for all the responses. Im very psyched to come climb at your crag!!


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By Chris Massey
May 15, 2014

Table Rock a lot of fun. If you are looking to do Slippin and White Lightning here is how I would approach. Rack up at the car and dont carry a pack. Its a pretty short and easy approach. Hit Slippin first, then you can also TR the face route just to the left on the Helmet Buttress. I always thought Slippin was a pretty soft 5.9 by NC standards. Pull your rope and hike on around to White Lightning. Do the two pitches, and then top out on the last pitch of North Ridge (dont leave anything at the base). You can then hike off to the south down the tourist trail straight back to the car. If your second is indeed a beginner be sure to protect the traverse near the top of the first pitch of WL well. Also, there is usually some fixed gear at the belay. WL is my favorite route on Table Rock. If you had a little more time you might also consider doing Cave Route in between Slippin and White Lightning, or do it first as a warm up. You can hike down off the Lunch Ledge. May get up there Sat myself, weather permitting. Have fun.


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By Janine Connell
May 18, 2014
DNA/ P. Chico  5.10a

Thanks for all the great advice. I only had a morning so I am coming back. Is it too hot to climb at TR August? I left a .75 on slipping.
If anyone grabs it I'll be back in august. If not you've now got a bomber fixed piece just before the crux.


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By Brian Payst
May 18, 2014
grayson highlands

Gets pretty warm at TR in August. Hawksbill would be a better choice, although not nearly as many moderate routes there.


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By Janine Connell
May 19, 2014
DNA/ P. Chico  5.10a

Ok. Thanks Brian


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