@Jphelps Cool! Tennessee looks like an amazing place to climb.
New River Gorge is really solid sandstone conglomerate. Overhangs on overhangs on overhangs. Lots of bolts and some trad. Same rock as the Shawangunks.
By all means go to Yosemite. Great granite, which I'm not certain you see much of in Eastern Tennessee. Big walls in Yosemite are incredible and a really whole different world of climbing, but Tuolomne has wonderful multi pitch routes of moderate difficulty that is a great place to begin climbing in Yosemite.
Four hours northeast of where I live is the White Mountains and it's amazing granite cliffs. There's a route on Cathedral rocks called "Bombadier" because an oak tree that grows out of a ledge on the route is home to a squirrel that likes to throw acorns at climbers as they climb past.
Here in upstate New York we have the Adirondack mountains with hard anorthosite with cliffs up to 1000' high. Two hours south of here are the Shawangunks which feature amazing sandstone conglomerate cliffs where rock climbing essentially was born in America. The 'Gunks are famous for their overhangs and horizontal cracks. If you ever get a chance to try them I heartily encourage you to do so.
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@REI-JohnJ wrote: To begin, the best advice I ever received regarding my sleeping bag was a reminder that a sleeping bag doesn't produce warmth, it simply insulates whatever temperature is inside the bag. All the tips about warming up before getting in are great, I just want to add don't stop moving once you're in the bag! Wiggle around a bit, kick your feet, pretend you're a worm, whatever. Not only are you making the muscles do work, but the friction from rubbing against the bag is also additional heat you can capitalize on.
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@OutDoorPastor @REI-AngieH Jumping aboard the delayed response train!
I've only been in Tennessee for a couple of years, but the hiking I've experienced here has been fantastic! I'm building up my stamina for more strenuous hikes, so my current top 3 are in the moderate-difficulty range and are relatively heavily-trafficked.
3. Edgar Evins - Two main trail loops, both are beautiful! Unpaved, decent elevation changes, and a nice view off the low cliffs.
2. Cummins Falls Trail - Wanna touch a waterfall? A 10 minute safety video and 1.5 miles of hiking (3 miles round-trip) over grades of up to 30% and a shallow riverbed gets you there.
1. Richie Hollow Trail - Prentice Cooper State Forest was a pleasant surprise all around for me. The scenic drive was gorgeous, camping was decent, and this trail really was the icing on the cake. It leads you past a (small) waterfall and provides a sweeping view of the river. Snoopers Rock is next on my list for when I find my way back here.
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