Mondamin Climbing History

In the mid 60’s, three summer staff members at Camp Mondamin became friends and life long lovers of rock climbing.

Robert John Gillespie, Steve Longenecker, and Bob Watts went on to make history in the progress of rock climbing in the Eastern US and specifically for a now much-loved section of North Carolina’s Looking Glass Rock called “The Nose”.

We are very proud of our small part of this piece of history and you’ll enjoy seeing the “primitive” gear climbers used in those early days when rock climbing was just becoming bart of the outdoor scene and was first introduced to boys at Mondamin and girls at our sister camp, Green Cove.

Most alumni know about our whitewater history, not as much about climbing. Enjoy!

Watch the video above produced by Blue Ridge Outdoors and read their accompanying article, “Looking Back On Looking Glass” here: http://www.blueridgeoutdoors.com/go-outside/looking-back-on-looking-glass/


Camp Mondamin is a traditional and unique summer camp for boys, ages 6 – 17, founded in 1922 and located in Tuxedo, North Carolina.

About Robert Danos

Robert Danos, Mondamin’s year-round Program Director, is a Tulane graduate and Louisiana native who first came to North Carolina as a camper in 1979, and has been on staff for over 25 years. Before joining the year-round staff, Robert spent time both in teaching and child psychology. As Program Director, Robert is responsible for the smooth integration of the various activities at camp, ensuring that both 9 year old new campers and 16 year old veterans feel challenged and productive. He shares the responsibility for staff supervision and morale, and helps set the tone for camp in general.

Robert’s wife, Susan, spent eight years on staff at our sister camp, Green Cove, and they have two girls and a boy.

Robert Danos