I have visited all the states and NOT climbed in
Dude, youíve gotta go back. Table Rock is a big
hunk of granite. Itís a state park and was closed to climbing for years, although people poached. Now most of it is open for part of the year. People donít talk about it much, I will catch a ration from the CCC guys for posting about it, but there is a guidebook at the park office.
But the north face is the real gem: a for real 500í steep to vertical unbroken sweep of granite. Thereís a seven pitch aid climb called Reflections that Iíve been told is as classic a nailing line as youíll find. Arno and my buddy Patrick tried to free it back in the Ď90s; he was telling me about having to do these wild 5.12 sideways down mantles traversing beneath a roof with a perfect blade crack, but not much good for fingers. The powers were always unenthusiastic about anyone being in there, because the face is right above the water supply for Greenville, and after 9/11 they got real unenthusiastic. But the reason I bring this up, and hijack the thread, is this is a forum full of ice climbers (sorry Strandman). To the right of Reflections is a permanent water streak. The cliff faces due north. Stegg has seen it formed three quarters down; aid climbers have told me about seeing massive heaps of ice below it; a hiker told me he had seen it frozen all the way down from a spot on the Foothills Trail where you can see the face. To my knowledge, itís never been climbed. It may only form once a decade, but it has the potential to be one of finest ice climbs in the Eastern US. In fucking South Carolina. And you get to poach it from DHS (I mean people still go in to do Reflections, they obviously donít have armed guards, and they probably wonít shoot you anyway).
Who could resist?