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Mid-may NC cool destinations


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DGraham · · Dallas · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 921

Anyone have some good advice for walls in in North Carolina that are shady, or higher elevation, cooler etc.etc. in mid May. Was looking at Looking glass rock, Stone Mountain, Linville Gorge or Laurel Knob.

Emil Briggs · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 105

Hawskbill is one of the cooler areas in Linville Gorge but you should have a lot of options that time of year in the Gorge. Stay away from Stone Mountain though. It will be miserably hot. Looking Glass has areas that get quite a bit of shade during various parts of the day and should be good. Another option that's a bit further east but that often has great conditions in mid May is Moores Wall.

Tev · · Hickory · Joined May 2012 · Points: 25

Shiprock is also great that time of year. Great climbs to be had!

TomCaldwell · · Clemson, S.C. · Joined Jun 2009 · Points: 2,588

Whiteside is good all year. Laurel is too hotRockhouse Knob and Pickens Nose will be good. Looking Glass and Cathy's Creek will be okay. They are a little lower elevation. 

Nick Hitchcock · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2014 · Points: 35

Hidden Valley Va is good after foliage is out it sits at roughly 4000'

Jim Corbett · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2008 · Points: 10
TomCaldwell wrote:

Whiteside is good all year. Laurel is too hotRockhouse Knob and Pickens Nose will be good. Looking Glass and Cathy's Creek will be okay. They are a little lower elevation. 

Well, the north side anyway. The Main Wall faces south and is basically a reflector oven which makes it shirtsleeve even on sub-freezing days as long as it's sunny, and makes you feel like an ant under a magnifying glass on a sunny summer day. You can climb it in the summer if you start early and get off by noon, which also helps avoid the PM boomers. In mid-May, cool and overcast should be comfortable. Meanwhile, I've been on the north side when it was 75F at noon while it was 100F in Atlanta.

TomCaldwell · · Clemson, S.C. · Joined Jun 2009 · Points: 2,588
Jim Corbett wrote:

Well, the north side anyway. The Main Wall faces south and is basically a reflector oven which makes it shirtsleeve even on sub-freezing days as long as it's sunny, and makes you feel like an ant under a magnifying glass on a sunny summer day. You can climb it in the summer if you start early and get off by noon, which also helps avoid the PM boomers. In mid-May, cool and overcast should be comfortable. Meanwhile, I've been on the north side when it was 75F at noon while it was 100F in Atlanta.

I'm assuming you are talking about Whiteside Pappy. The Main face goes into the shade at 3, or 2 if you do the headwall stuff. That gives you 5+ hours of day light to summit. I've done this many of times in the warmer months. Like you say, it is good to make sure the chance of thunderstorms is low. Ideally, get an early start to hit the north side, cat walk, or boulder problem area until 1, eat lunch, then move to the main face or single pitch next to main face. It makes for a pleasant all day outing at 4000'.

stolo · · Shelby, NC · Joined Sep 2016 · Points: 115

Crowders might be good. One side of mountain is in shade in morning and other in afternoon. Lots of trees and shaded areas. 

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