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North Carolina : Rumbling Bald

Rumbling Bald Rock Climbs

Author: Sean Cobourn and Mike Reardon Publisher: Ground Up Publishing

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268 pages, full color, glossy
360 routes described on the south face of Rumbling Bald Mountain, the closed Dark Side of Rumbling Bald routes described for historic reference and advocacy, we are also including super secret guides to Slate Rock Areas and Bradley Falls
26 detailed topos (see sample page)
Hundreds of photos: action shots, sweeping landscapes, aerial photos, first ascent and historic photos, descriptive route shots with lines drawn
22 areas described
Extensive history into NC climbing, focused around climbing on the South Face of Rumbling Bald Mountain within Hickory Nut Gorge
3,000 plus hours and 4 years of beta compiling
Main Authors: Mike Reardon, Sean Cobourn
Contributing Authors: Bruce Burgess, Anthony Love, Clint Calhoun, Matt Gentling, Grover Cable, and Ron Funderburke
Bios: Rodney Lanier, Jeep Gaskin, Thomas Kelley, Nathan Brown, Doug Reed, Bruce Burgess
Photographers: Shannon Millsaps, Ben Butler, Michael Turner, and many many other

North Carolina

Selected Climbs in North Carolina

Selected Climbs in North Carolina

Yon Lambert, Harrison Shull, The Mountaineers Books - 2002

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It would be hard to squeeze the huge volume of North Carolina climbing areas and routes into a single book, but Selected Climbs comes pretty close. Both Yon Lambert and Harrison Shull are longtime Carolina climbers, and they draw on their experience to outline the best routes of the state's numerous destinations. Some of the areas included are Linville Gorge, Stone Mountain and Rumbling Bald.

One great feature of Selected Climbs is its topos. These diagrams show not only the selected routes described in each climbing area; they also outline routes which didn't get written up. The guide also includes fascinating reading on the history of route development in each area, and numerous great photos by Shull (who is a professional outdoor photographer) of climbers on the rock.

Selected Climbs in North Carolina is available at area climbing stores, or online at the publisher's website (see link above).