Archive for November, 2012

Mike’s Mountaineer Route

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Seems this time of year elicits a taste for spontaneous adventure. With any lingering projects nearly certain to be out of reach for the year, thoughts turn to more casual objectives, things that may just go at first sight. Over the years, that impulse has led to several “alpine” routes, lines snaking their way up Crane Mountain’s flank, generally along the South Corner Cliff. This year has been no different.

The upper section of Mike’s Mountaineer Route.
Other routes shown for geographic location.
Sky High Wall is getting busy!


NC Climbing Trip Part 3b: Around Table Rock

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Robin and I had just finished a 5 pitch line of unknown affiliation somewhere in the vicinity of the North Ridge. Or maybe My Route. We weren’t sure, but we had had a blast doing it. There was plenty of daylight left for exploration.

The summit of Table Rock Mountain.

Looking across Linville Gorge.


Add a Line to the Rods’n’Guns Wall

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Tom sets out on the FA of B.A.R. 

With few exceptions, we spent 2012 focused on Crane Mountain, achieving our goal of 200+ routes there. With that target acquired, we turned our attention momentarily to the Rods’n’Guns Wall, last year’s Big Discovery. Tom had left one project uncompleted there, so we decided to give it a go before snow and cold made the attempt impossible.


NC Climbing Trip Part 3a: First Climb at Table Rock

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

I’ve broken up the  two days & nights we spent at Table Rock into two parts. This first part covers the one long route we did here; the next part will cover what we did with the rest of that Saturday and our explorations before pulling out Sunday afternoon.

The rainbow at the end of a long and winding road…Table Rock.