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By mortarmonster
Aug 26, 2013
Thinking of a trip to the southeast from approx 1st Nov to 7th December, visiting the New and Red river gorges, Seneca Rocks, Old Rag, looking glass Rock.
We're from europe and never been East of Devil's Tower before.
We'd be grateful for any advice, especially on the best order to visit those crags, taking into account the season.
In particular, (early)Nov seems like it should be OK at all those places but as we get into Dec it may be cold/wet. Am I right in thinking looking glass would likely be the best place to visit last?

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By BrianWS
Aug 26, 2013
Hit Kentucky first. In my experience, so many of the classic areas aren't very comfortable in colder weather due to aspect, tree shade, etc. The New is climbable into colder weather, provided you choose a southern facing area with a lower tree line (Endless Wall!).
I haven't climbed there yet, but Tennessee is supposed to be fairly comfortable in winter months and may make a good destination later in the trip.

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By Br'er Rabbit
From The Briar Patch
Aug 26, 2013
'Bred en bawn in a brier-patch, Brer Fox--bred en bawn in a brier-patch!'
November is the height of the season just about everywhere on the East Coast, but especially where you are going. Starting with the Northerly options and moving South would be generally a good idea. You are going to encounter cold no matter what. Leaves will have probably changed by the time you arrive.

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By SteveBSU
From Muncie, IN
Aug 26, 2013
I have climbed a lot in Chattanooga TN, Around there, you have foster fallsn (sport) the tennesse wall faces south and bakes in the sun(trad, think sunny and feels like 45-60 in dec.) rocktown, HP40 and LRC(bouldering, all within 2 hours of chattanooga) this is prime month for bouldering. Rumbling Bald near Hendersonville NC will be in season as well. Haven't climbed there but have hear great things and have seen it. Bouldering there as well. Looking Glass is about and hour and a half from there. For friction slab, Laurel Knob is about 2 hours south from Looking glass.. Hope you have a fun trip!!!

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By TomCaldwell
From Clemson, S.C.
Aug 26, 2013
Me on One Pitch Wonder at Whitesides.  Photo credits to Kyle Jones and his lucky anti-rain jacket.
The Rabbit is correct. Start up North and move down. It is rarely too wet or too cold in the SE during the winter. There are so many places that dry very quickly after a rain or are sheltered from storms completely. When it gets cold, Tn, Ga, Al, and some of NC are the places to go. It would take too long to list all of the great cliffs and boulder fields in the area that will be in prime season during that time.

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By mworst03
Aug 26, 2013
The suggestion about moving North to South is true. I've climbed Seneca/NRG a couple times from Thanksgiving into December and it wasn't enjoyable, but early November was great.

As to NC, Looking Glass can range from awesome to miserable in December. Some years there's ice/verglass on the upper pitches and some years you can climb in a T-shirt on New Year's Eve. If it's too cold for LG, I'd suggest Rumbling Bald (almost always climbable in December) or if you're looking for slab climbing, Stone Mountain (only tolerable in Late Nov/Dec).

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By Paige Marta
Aug 26, 2013
In Chattanooga: Tennessee Wall ("T Wall") is fun trad climbing of all levels. Be wary of people breaking into your car there though. It is a great place to climb in cool weather. All sun all day.

Sunset Park (also in Chattanooga) is great. Very beautiful there but will be cold depending on the weather.

And the Obed has lots of sport climbing of all levels. Camp at Dell's there with all the other climbers for about $5.

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By Paige Marta
Aug 26, 2013
You can occasionally climb ice in the SE too! You'll probably be here too early for that, but you can check in with Fox Mountain Guides in Brevard, NC for info. I am sure their guides could tell you about where to climb around there given whatever weather you are facing.

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By Chris Whisenhunt
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From Fayetteville, WV
Aug 26, 2013
Flailing at the top of Welcome to Crowders
We climbed here at the NRG all through this past winter. It was pretty mild and on sunny days in the 40s Endless wall couldn't have gotten any better. Also climbed shirtless this past December on Endless, crazy.

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By Tyler Tylerson
From The Swamp
Aug 26, 2013
X2 on stone mountain, nc for awesome multipitch slab.

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By mortarmonster
Aug 26, 2013
Norrth to South it is then.
Thanks so much for all the ideas, which I'll look up.
(esp Stone Mtn sound great)

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