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By Cres Simpson
From Birmingham, AL
Nov 14, 2012
Me on the Prow (my first multi-pitch trad climb!)

Howdy Folks,

I'm thinking about heading up to LGR this weekend to try and get in some climbing before the end of the season. I've been up there before but not this late in the Fall. The weather looks like it should be warm enough (highs in the mid-50s), but it's supposed to rain Thursday -- are we going to be in danger of running into ice up on the glass, or should we be okay? Also, how much colder should I expect actually being on the glass to be vs Brevard?

I don't know much about late Fall / winter climbing in WNC, so any advice would be great. Thanks!


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By TomCaldwell
From Clemson, S.C.
Nov 14, 2012
Me on One Pitch Wonder at Whitesides.  Photo credits to Kyle Jones and his lucky anti-rain jacket.

This is the perfect time to climb in the southern blue ridge area. The water tables are still really low, so most things shouldn't be seeping, even it if rains Thursday. The forest is often about 5F colder than the town of Brevard. The weather forecast is also slightly different at times for the two places, meaning it often rains in town but not the forest or visa versa. The south face and sun wall are great to climb on into the low 40's as long as there is sun. If there is no sun, anything in the upper 40's and above is very comfortable. The sun line for the Nose area stops at sundial crack, the nose and everything to the left does not get sun. No worries about ice, it gets way too much sun. Most of the ice in the s.b.r. area forms around Cashiers, which is higher in elevation and has more north faces that are prone to seepage. LGR's season is year-round.


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By csproul
From Rancho Cordova, CA
Nov 14, 2012
Summit of Wolf's Head with Pingora in the background

Temperature-wise, that is fine. I'd think that it'd be dry too unless they get a lot of rain and then there'd be some seepage. Even then I'd think you could pick drier routes and be ok. Seriously doubt there would be any ice. Hopefully a local will respond to this post, but I'd be ok risking a trip to LG this weekend if it were me.


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