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The Raleigh Rock Climbing Meetup Message Board › Summerville Lake - Aug 3

Summerville Lake - Aug 3

Paul
user 3513997
Arlington, VA
Post #: 2
I am starting this discussion to start ironing out details for the trip. Some people wanted to stay in cabins, some may not want to drive up on Saturday, etc.

Personally, I will probably drive up Friday and camp out, although a cabin with a shower might be tempting for the right price. Here's a start on some lodging choices:

http://rivermen.com/s...­

Here are some of the routes:
http://www.drtopo.com...­

Paul
Teah
teahq
Mountain View, CA
Post #: 1
http://www.aceraft.co...­
I think that this site is near climbing - the rustic cabins that include showers are $17 per person - no A/C but there are fans (the mattresses also look like they might need some extra padding). There is also a minimum of 8 people to stay - I am still researching alternatives to camping.

I would probably want to head up Friday.
Kristine
Kristine_
Durham, NC
Post #: 101
I think it's kind of a long drive, and the easier routes get crowded so probably best to drive up on Friday to ensure we can stack claim to some good routes early Saturday morning.

Thanks, everyone for doing some research. Just by way of another suggestion, one of my friends who has climbed at Summersville several times recommended a particular local campgroup to me, and I think this is it (still trying to confirm with her). It's got tent spots and cabins, but the cabins are more luxurious and pricey than the ones Teah found. I guess I could camp or stay in a cabin, but I did just invest in a tent and sleeping pad and would like to do that at some point. This place also has a barbeque restaurant that is open 10-10. So, if we played our cards right, we could purchase sack lunches on Friday and Saturday (to eat the next day while climbing) and could also have a hot meal Saturday night without the hassle of cooking on our little burners.
http://www.mountainla...­

Also, a final note of clarification. I think (someone correct me if I'm wrong) that the plan is to climb at Summersville Lake, which is about 30 miles away from other climbing spots at New River Gorge. I think that's because we've got some people who have climbed at Summerville and can show us around, and also we can swim in the lake when we get hot from climbing. (Given that I almost melted on the last Pilot Mountain trip, that sounds like HEAVEN!) According to Dr. Topo, the climbs around the lake are, "just as good if not better than at the New". At any rate, whether or not we stay at the campground I've included in this link, something to consider in the final decision is proximity to where we are actually climbing. This will ensure that we can get to the routes early enough to stake claim to the ones we want.
Paul
user 3513997
Arlington, VA
Post #: 3
Proximity to the climbing areas is definitely key, whether cabin or tent. Less than 30 minutes away sounds ideal.

On a different topic, Clay came up with the idea of renting a pontoon boat here, for ~$170/day. This sounds like a good idea to me.
Kristine
Kristine_
Durham, NC
Post #: 103
I'm editing this one, because I spoke to them and have more info now.

Here's another place we could camp, and they also rent pontoon boats. For a 10-person it's $215. You can rent the boats even if you aren't staying there. You do have to tow the boat about 2 miles to the lake, though, so we'd need a car or truck with a class 2 hitch and a 2 inch ball. She said that they provide a map and some orientation to good climbing spots that can be reached by the pontoon boats. The boats can be rented from 9-6.

In terms of camping, they do have a large site that could fit 10 people. We need to make reservations a couple of weeks in advance. No restaurant at this campground, but there are restaurants nearby.

This link also just has good information about Summersville Lake, in general. It looks like a veritable paradise with outdoor activities ranging from climbing, to biking, to kayaking, to snorkling/scuba diving, and more. My kind of place...

http://www.summersvil...­
Paul
user 3513997
Arlington, VA
Post #: 5
For you divers out there, bad news: no more jumping off routes into the lake.

http://www.rockclimbi...­
Kristine
Kristine_
Durham, NC
Post #: 104
Posting these here, so we have all of our links in one place...

This is the info on climbing from a boat:
http://www.rockclimbi...­

This is just other topo in that area:
http://www.drtopo.com...­
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