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The clarion : the Brevard College weekly. online resource (None) 1935-current, September 30, 2011, Image 8

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Page 8 Arts & Life The Clarion \ Sept. 30, 2011 The Kruger Brothers return to Brevard October 6, 2011 7:30 p.m. 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 delightfully fresh. 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 clarion@brevard.edu. 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.

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