We hope you had a great 4th of July! The incredible amount of rain we
have had this week is producing some incredibly powerful flows in area
waterfalls. Take a look at some of the big waterfalls (Triple Falls,
High Falls and Bridal Veil Falls) in Dupont State Forest! They rarely look quite like this:
It's finally fall again! The evenings are getting cooler, leaves are starting to change, and friction is incredible. We hope you have been getting outdoors, whether hitting the trails in Pisgah, trailrunning in Dupont, or climbing North Carolina's finest granite.
It's also our favorite time of year because we get incredible goodies from Montbell. Come check out the new insulated pieces. They'll have you drooling for the season's first frost.
Sometimes a rainy day forces us to slow down and do things we don't normally do. This past weekend featured a good bit of rain, which nicely thwarted our climbing plans. But, in a brief break in the clouds, we grabbed our rain jackets and headed to check out the popular Moore Cove Trail.
From Looking Glass Outfitters, head into Pisgah National Forest on 276. You'll pass Looking Glass Falls on the right and continue a total of 6.6 miles to a parking area on the right just before a lovely stone bridge. The hike to Moore Cove Falls is easy and family-friendly, with very little elevation change.
The trail has clearly benefited from recent maintenance and is in excellent condition. Pass through a delightful oak canopy with incredibly straight and tall trees before the Moore Cove trail dead ends in 1.2 miles at the falls. Thanks to recent rains, the falls were gushing down an overhanging rock formation. We'll definitely keep this trail in mind for travelers asking for a low-key hike for the family with good scenery. Sometimes a rainy day helps you see the gem in your backyard. Happy trails!
Temps have been nothing short of amazing lately. We hope you have been getting out in Pisgah National Forest and beyond, because fall is here! Check out these deals in the shop for Labor Day (August 27th - Sept 4th):
Sometimes people ask us if it gets old living in a small, mountain town or if we enjoy the mountains less since they are in our backyard. That's an easy question, because the answer is a resounding 'no.' Although there are a lot of hikes and climbs we have done again and again, we are always excited to get outside in Brevard's backyard.
It is also a blast whenever something happens for the first time. The first year we lived in Brevard, I managed to encounter several black bears both in Pisgah and Dupont. Lately, I seem to be on a black bear dry spell. Last year, I saw my first Rattlesnake while hiking to Twin Falls. This year, I was delighted to see a Scarlet Tanager while hiking up to the Looking Glass Overlook Trail. This striking bird can be tough to spot, as it prefers the deepest parts of the forest.
So, as spring turns to summer, we are again enjoying all the forest has to offer, whether it is seeing something for the first time or the twenty-seventh. Stop in the shop on your way to the forest. We've got some great products that are new to us, like the Prana Quinn Dress and the canvas 5.10 Guide Tennie. Have fun out there!
This spring brought many changes to the wonderful mountains of Western North Carolina, some personal and some recreational. One of the best things to happen here was a month long visit to the area from the Access Fund Conservation Team. Jeff and Dave drove the Jeep Compass with tools trailer in tow from Boulder, CO straight to NC to sample some of our excellent rock and help the CCC with their never ending quest for stewardship to our climbing areas. These guys worked at Laurel Knob with local hardman Nathan Brown for three rainy days and then with the ASU outdoor programs group at Rumbling Bald for a huge revamping of the West Side, climber owned, boulder field. Check out the recap video! LGO's very own Phil Hoffmann makes a cameo.
Man, are we pumped about Spring! If you are planning a trip to the area CALL US and let us help you prepare. We have all the goods you need for climbing, hiking, exploring and camping in Pisgah! Why shop any where else? We're the pros!
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Rumbling Bald RB has it all- Trad climbing, bouldering, slab, steep, stellar cracks-- you name it. This area was recently incorporated into Hickory Nut Gorge State Park and is best climbed in fall through spring, as summer brings on intense heat and oodles of poison ivy. Be sure to park considerately in the newly completed parking lot.
Looking Glass Looking Glass is truly around the corner from our shop! It has everything from classic multipitch moderates like The Nose, to long aid climbs, and steep, classic cracks like Cornflake Crack. The Nose Area and The South Face are popular for groups and moderate climbers. Bring your trad gear- particularly tricams for the tricky eyebrows that Looking Glass is known for!
Linville Gorge Shortoff is a fabulous area to check out some of the steeper routes in western NC. Dopey Duck is a great classic to get your feet wet and Ship Rock, just off The Blue Ridge Parkway, stays cool in summer.
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Looking Glass Outfitters is around the corner from the Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest, we are your headquarters for camping in Pisgah, hiking the Blue Ridge and exploring Dupont State Forest, climbing and bouldering in the southeast- from Rumbling Bald and Looking Glass to Whitesides and Laurel Knob, and summer camp outfitters! Looking Glass Outfitters offers gear for rockclimbing, camping, hiking, trailrunning, treeclimbing, work and rescue and more. We feature climbing gear, ropes, shoes, and harnesses from Black Diamond, Petzl, Sterling, Arc'teryx, Mammut, Metolius, Camp, Evolv, FiveTen, Sportiva, Scarpa, Misty, Clothing from Mountain Hardwear, Arborwear, Marmot, The North Face, MontBell, and Prana, tents, packs, stoves, and sleeping bags from Black Diamond, Gregory, MSR, Snowpeak, and Montbell, hiking boots and shoes from Chaco, Montrail, Lowa, END, Sanuk, and accessories from Smartwool, Sea to Summit, Thermarest, Spyderco, Leatherman, Swiss Army, SIGG, Gerber, Darn Tough Socks, Klean Kanteen, Nalgene, Sale & Clearance Items & TONS more!