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The Clarion \ Sept. 30, 2011
return to Brevard
October 6, 2011
Melding Traditional forms of Appalachian
Music and instrumentation with progressive
compositions and interpretations of traditional
tunes, the Kruger Brothers will return to
Brevard after a stellar performance at the
2010 Mountain Song Festival.
The Kruger Brothers personify the spirit
of exploration and innovation that forms the
core of the American musical tradition. Their
original music, composed by Jens Kruger,
is crafted around their discerning taste, and
the result is unpretentious, cultivated, and
This week’s Cafeteria Creation is a Brevard water bug. It is a
mishmash of unidentifiable things from the dessert table. It speaks for
itself... Send in your best creation to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So much rock, so little time
Summer heat to Fall Foliage: Route profile, Sin semilla Sunset 5.9+
Now that Fall, excuse me. Autumn is upon
us it’s time to break out the harness, dust off
the gear, read your rope and resole the rock
shoes, or, if you are stone monkey like me you
foolishly tried to climb through the summer
convincing yourself that it’s “not that humid”.
But you knew dam well that lying to yourself
is like thinking that “Thai Flof ’ at Pad Thai
was a good choice for a first date. Pass the
milk please; no really, I need the calcium.
Face it, summer climbing in The Pisgah
Ranger district is a bad choice. It’s a hostile
environment out there kids! Where to start:
Yellow Jackets that make the Tracker Jackers
in The Flunger Games look like honey bees,
poisonous snakes lurk in every comer and
under every boulder, poison ivy, mosquitoes,
zero friction but we insist on climbing slabs,
the works. So why do we put ourselves
through it? Only the bold need apply.
The rock in PNF is the best granite East of
that little known Califomia choss pile some
Spaniard named for his Boss (brown noser)
As I continue to digress, let me pull this one
out of the fire. 90% of the climbing routes
on Looking Glass are CLASSIC! Oh wait,
you knew that? You heard of the Nose (5.8)
First ascent Steve Longenecker and crew
1966, sorry guys. Longenecker has pulled
more dangerous snakes out of the ground,
harnessed the energy of the Peregrine Falcon
(go do that routes namesake, classic eyebrows
at 5.9) and probably taught the all knowing
Clyde Carter a knot or two. Woohoo!
The Nose is classic for sure, don’t get
me wrong but there is more out there folks.
Walk 30 yds right of the Nose and step up to
Sensemilia Sunset at 5.9+. Take the smallest
cams on your rack and plug em’ into the
eyebrow cmx and then slab your way to a
two bolt anchor Most people rappel from here
with two ropes but take it to the top for full
value. Pitch two is the same grade but the lack
of traffic has left it a little less clean. Word is
there are a couple of bolts on it but this ain’t
no clip up. Best time of year to do this one,
Roctober So as the temps cool off go give this
rig a bum and enjoy. For more route info pick
up Selected Climbs in North Carolina, 2nd
edition by Harrison Shull and Yon Lambert.
Oh and if you freak out or get hurt, I didn’t
tell you to go climb this route. Make sure you
are a capable traditional climber and you have
two ropes to descend. Until next time folks
I will leave you with one final piece of beta:
Avoid Rumbling Bald in the summer like the
plague. As Ron Burgundy so eloquently put
it, “Milk was a bad choice!” Unless you are
on a date at Pad Thai.
Phillip Hoffman is the owner at Looking
Glass Outfitters. Stop by if you want to know
more about climbing in the Brevard area.