Scout Meeting – September 2016

Hemlock Bluffs – Searching for Reptiles Organized Hike

We took the ‘Searching for Reptiles’ hike led by Hemlock Bluff’s staff.  We had had 2 visitors interested in joining and an Otter Scout earned her Otter badge.

It was fun getting outside, but it was so hot and dry we only saw one snake.




Scout Meeting – August 2016

We welcomed a new Otter Scout and 2 new Rovers to the group and then hiked around Lake Crabtree, following a map to hidden treasure (Ninja Prepper Sporks).  After the hike, we had a BBQ in the 90 degree Fahrenheit, 80% Humidity weather.

On our hike, we saw a large spider, a red and white mushroom (Amanita Muscaria), some sort of caterpillar nest, poison ivy, and virginia creeper.


Plants of the Month:

Animals of the Month:

Signs of the Month:

  • None

Chimneys Toprope Anchors

Here are some pictures of the toprope area called the Chimneys about 3/4 mile outside the Table Rock parking lot at Linville Gorge.

Unknown Route (5.6 – 5.8).  The anchor is 21 ft of 8mm cord using a BHK as the master point.   It was about 40 feet high.  This was a good route with redundant bolts.


One of the old gigantic bolts at the chimneys.  A guide told me the Army installed these bolts for training exercises a long time ago.  There are a few of them, but most are not close enough to use redundantly.  For redundancy, you’d have to use one bolt and one giant rock (or something).

These pictures show one of those routes that use a big bolt and a rock for redundant anchors.  Someone else set this up, and the rock its tied to might not be a good choice.  The last picture is the same route from the bottom.


This picture shows 3 routes.  In the front is a bad route with redundant bolts and a sling for an anchor.  In the middle is a good route with the 21 ft 8mm BHK.  Past that is a person standing too close to the edge near that route that used the rock and the bolt (above).   One of these is called The Humbler, but I don’t know which one.