There are a lot of rocks sitting in the woods around Boone, NC just waiting to be found. Some are good for climbing, some are not. Some are tall enough to yield routes. Some are on private property. I thought I would pay a tribute to the less heralded ones in the area. You won’t find these at Blowing Rock, Grandmother or Lost Cove. They may be right off the main road or maybe just a few minutes from town. They may be deep in a gorge.
Kristin Warren on the Watauga River. “Red Roof”
Eric Heigl on a classic highball. “Pomfrey’s Choice”
Jay Tilley on a sick sick sick problem down Babel’s Tower trail in the Linville Gorge. “Strong Arms”
Josh Shepherd with the godfather himself, Joey Henson. “Henson Roof”
Kristin Warren on, in my opinion, one of the sickest boulder problems in Boone. It is only a few minutes from down town. “Evil Monkey”
Jay Tilley in the Linville Gorge down the Spence Ridge Trail. “Bridge Arete”
Josh Shepherd on a problem he established last year. “The Male Nurse”
Depending on where you live, there could be all kinds of nice rocks in the woods. Your exploration efforts may just produce something awesome.