The Transylvania Times -

By Eric Crews
Staff Writer 

Bouldering In Looking Glass’s Shadow


Phil Hoffman swings his way through a boulder problem at the north side of Looking Glass Rock, while Jon Jones provides a spot in case he falls. (Times photos by Eric Crews)

Hidden in the shadow of Looking Glass Rock, amongst the granite boulders and towering old-growth trees, is a veritable playground for a certain type of rock climbers who seek out short, but difficult, routes.

Boulderers, as they are known, can often be seen treading the narrow trails toward the base of the north side of Looking Glass carrying large, square-shaped backpacks known as crashpads.

Once they reach their destination – just a few hundred feet shy of the base of the towering face of Looking Glass – the climbers unfurl their crashpads onto the ground and begin to climb.


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