The latest info from the NC State Park website states that Rumbling Bald climbing access is now closed for the next phase of construction. It looks like we will have a new parking facility for the start of the fall climbing season. This is an incredible improvement aimed at the climbing community, so please support the state park system whenever you can. I personally want to thank Chimney Rock SP for giving us almost the entire winter/spring climbing season, despite initially indicating it would be closed! The initial closure was issued in February and seemed to indicate an end to the winter season at Rumbling Bald, but I know quit a few people that were very thankful for the open weekends and eventually weeks that we were able to enjoy.
Now that the Bald is closed and the heat is slowly rising, its time to seek climbing refuge elsewhere. Boone and the highcountry is always a good summer option. Boone is 3 hours away for me, so its not easy to take a day trip everytime I want to pull on some rock, so I tend to climb locally, early in the mornings and then take a dip in a river somewhere afterwards to cool off. Eventually, I start climbing on the rock formations on Lake Keowee and Lake Jocassee and jumping off into the lake when it gets too tough, too high or after topping out. I'll be posting some more local spots very soon that might be some good hot weather options for climbers in the area. Be on the look out for the Granite City topo/guide, hopefully tomorrow. Nothing like an easy morning session at GC and then playing in the Chattooga for the rest of the day!