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Ascent of Looking Glass Rock in 1994-07

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Mike Hudkins
Alan Gay
Dan Broome
Forest Fields
Mark Rynning
Scott Qunilan
Andy Woodcock
Chuck Bliss
Larry Mitchell
Chuck Drake
and me
Date:July, 1994
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Looking Glass Rock
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:3969 ft / 1209 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had eyeballed this fascinating formation the year before and our annual backpacking trip, and knew then that we would return the following year to climb the area and stand on top of the bald rock. After establsihing a base camp and climbing all the nearby formations (joh's Rock and Cedar Rock Mountain) we ended with a day hike of Looking Glass. An easy day hike up to an impressive batholith formation with great views for a NC mountain. Lots of rock climbers use this formation to climb. It is interesting to stand on the edge of the rock. The formation starts out a little bit flat and continuously rounds steeper and steeper and at one point you wonder how much further you can stand before slipping over the side.

One of the most interesting places to hike/climb in the area.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1819 ft / 554 m
    Grade/Class:class 1
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1819 ft / 554 m
    Route:Looking Glass TH
    Start Trailhead:2150 ft / 655 m
Descent Statistics
    End Trailhead:3969 ft / 1209 m



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