A Little Southeastern tour de Sandstone

Easter weekend had quite a variety of forecasts, which we checked several times a day earlier in the week before deciding our chances were best to stay south. Yet again, we changed our plans thinking it would rain and the clouds did not let loose on Thursday. Nonetheless, we had a lazy morning and headed to Atlanta to see Phil's folks and check out the phenomenon known as Stone Summit.

If you haven't already heard of this climbing wonderland/ biggest gym in the southeast, it is well worth a trip. But, ask Phil about whether or not it is a good place to stop at the BEGINNING of a climbing weekend! It is hard to resist thoroughly trashing your forearms on the plethora of steepness, especially coming from the land of slab climbing.

Friday we again planned on rain, which never really happened. Still, we headed to Little River Canyon with what cryptic directions we could find. This little corner of Alabama is bigger and more beautiful than anticipated, and the steep sport climbing will keep those forearms crying. The area was absolutely covered in poison ivy and we saw a copperhead as big as my forearms, but still had a blast before heading north to Tennessee since there is no camping at LRC and the crag is pretty dog-unfriendly.

Foster Falls is a great place to cure the itch for clipping bolts, but this time of year, watch out- because that itch might also be a tick parachuting onto your head. They were a formidable army, but the camping is still very nice at Fosters and the park is extremely well maintained. More fun climbing and more copious amounts of poison ivy greeted us Saturday.

By Sunday, which was of course predicted to be the best weather day, we were back in Atlanta for Easter festivities, stuffing our faces and trying to look clean. The weekend was a great cure for our (sometimes rare) sport climbing itch, and a reminder that the southeast has so many climbing treasures!

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Looking Glass Outfitters
69 Hendersonville Hwy
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

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