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Whitesides (ice) Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,900'
Location: 35.08066, -83.14337 View Map  Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: Whitesides Ice Routes. Thank you to Derek DeBruin...


Whitesides Mountain. The epitome of steep, long granite climbs in the southeast. If Laurel Knob is the "El Cap of the south," whitesides is the Halfdome. It is home to several ice routes that form up reliably; however, you will want to check the weather in Cashiers, NC before making the drive out here.

Most of the climbs are on the North Face of Whitesides with a few gulley climbs, some slabs, and the super classic 2 pitch WI4 Starshine. There are enough routes here to keep you entertained for a weekend, and reason to keep coming back for more.

Getting There 

Whitesides can be approached from many different directions.

Park in the Forest Service parking lot that requires a parking fee. Most of the routes are accessed via the trail that heads North just behind the bathrooms (see beta photo on the right)

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 3.0 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Whitesides (ice)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Whitesides (ice):
Starshine   WI4     Ice, 2 pitches, 200'   
Mother Russia   WI5-     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 230'   
Scotch on the rocks    WI2-3     Ice, 2 pitches, 150'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Starshine!

Starshine WI4  North Carolina : Cashiers Area (Ice) : Whitesides (ice)
Starshine is THE ice route to do in North Carolina. There are longer gulley climbs in the Black Mountains to the north and sure some harder climbs to be found in Lynville Gorge or on the waterfalls on the Collusaja River, but none of these other waterfalls offers the beautiful position of Starshine.The climb is visible from Highway 64 and offers spectacular views of Laurel Knob and has awesome exposure. You can learn more about the climb by watching this video:...[more]   Browse More Classics in North Carolina

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