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Where to climb near Asheville?

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jms · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2010 · Points: 0

I will be heading to Asheville the third week of July.  Where is the closest/best place to climb some moderate grades (5.10ds and under) sport and/or trad? Anything I need to know before heading to the area you are recommending? Thank you for your help!

Tacoma · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2010 · Points: 10

Looking Glass Rock

jms · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2010 · Points: 0

About how far of a drive would you guess it is to Looking Glass?

Russ Keane · · Asheville, NC · Joined Feb 2013 · Points: 150

It's really hot that time of year.   Your options will be somewhat limited.   The drives from Asheville to climbing are 1-2 hours, even in prime weather.  For the finicky summer months, you are looking at having to go further than that.  Head north for sandstone sport, and for trad head to north-facing cliffs such as Moore's and Ship Rock.

Josh Lipko · · Charlotte · Joined Jun 2014 · Points: 10

North Side of Looking Glass, Ship Rock, and Hawksbill Mountain are going to be your best bets in July. The North Side of LG will be much cooler, and the climbing there is far superior to the rest of the mountain anyway IMO.

stolo · · Shelby, NC · Joined Sep 2016 · Points: 218

North side of Cedar Rock / Stone Depot is ok in the morning

Brian Payst · · Carrboro,NC · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 10

North Side of the Glass (1 hour)
Ship Rock, Little Wilson (1:30 or so)
Hawksbill or chase shade at Table Rock (1:30 or so as well)

Bring your rack as except for the middle tier at Hawksbill these are all trad areas. Ship might be your best bet, lots of great routes there at the grade you're looking for.

Carter Smith · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2017 · Points: 10

Anywhere in boone--especially ship rock--will be okay. (The dump, moon rocks, sunken treasure, little wilsons). Hawksbill is primo in the summer--esp mornings and evenings--and has the most classic 5.10 in the area: lost in space. See this week's weekend whipper to get one perspective of the route, haha.

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