VIDEO: Climbing at Looking Glass Rock, North Carolina

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In mid-November, on my first real climbing stop of my road trip I spent a week at Looking Glass Rock in North Carolina with a good friend Shay Nolan. Both of us had a rough 2017; each having surgery and many months of recovery and physical therapy. I hadn’t climbed in 10 months and it was great to be on the rock, high of the ground, and in good company.

Looking Glass Rock is a nearly 500 foot dome of granite located in the Pisgah National Forest outside Brevard in Western North Carolina. Home to some hardcore aid climbs, run out slabs, and a variety of cracks, “The Glass” is a fantastic place for those seeking adventure.

We found the fall conditions to be quite chilly, wet and even icy at times but with stoke high we spent our days absorbing as much radiation as possible on the more sunny aspects of the semi-circular cliff line.

We car-camped at the trailhead for free and enjoyed the back country experience and solitude. I highly recommend a few days at the Glass for anyone nearby. Bring your tri-cams, steady head, and good shoes to smear in. Oh, and don’t underestimate the grades either…

Routes climbed include:

  • Gemeni Crack (5.8)
  • Rat’s Ass (5.8+)
  • Second Coming (5.7)
  • The Nose (5.8)
  • Sundial Crack (5.8)
  • Tits and Beer (5.8 AKA 5.10a)


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