Hey, I was thinking about heading to Linville Gorge next week, but I'm wondering just how cold it's going to be up there. Any locals want to chime in? Is it for the die-hard only? We're cool with being chilly at night/morning etc., but will we be just dying up there on, say, the Prow at noon? Any other recommendations for south-facing tall multipitch areas? Thanks
Shortoff is more west facing, but is warm once the sun hits it. It might be a cold walk in (but it's uphill so it's ok) and morning, but it will warm up.
Laurel Knob is super warm.
Stone Mountain stays warm.
Forgot the obvious...Looking Glass: see TC's post below.
The S. Face of Table Rock (N.C. or S.C.), Laurel (as mentioned), Whitesides, Shortoff (routes on right side are more SW than W, i.e. Construction Job area), Looking Glass (S. Face or Sun Wall), Cedar Rock, Rumbling Bald, Stone (as mentioned, if you like that style) and a few more. The prow should get a good bit of sun this time of year, since it faces SW. Linville is definitely going out of season, except for Shortoff. The southern blue ridge area is the place to be this time of year. The SE has way more cliffs that are in season in the winter than the summer. So there should be plenty to choose from. Stay away from anything facing W or E, or anything with a N direction. There are some really good topos in the N.C. select climbing guide that describe the direction of each cliff and then on the map you can tell which direction they face exactly. Having a wife that is a fair weather climber, it helps to know what the sun does during each season to make things comfortable.