Rock Climbing and Bouldering of Western North Carolina


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Rock Climbing is a varied and wonderful sport! - Western North Carolina Rock Climbing

Before you can enjoy the exhilaration and freedom of climbing in Western North Carolina, you must prepare for climbing by learning technical, physical, mental, and emotional skills that accompany this wonderful sport. This webpage can serve as a basic guide and starting point for your journey in acquiring these skills and enjoying the sport of climbing.

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The Basics of Rock Climbing Safety


Erin at the top of the Ampitheater - Linville NC

Being Safe on the rock is paramount. Inspecting equipment regularly, double checking knots, buckles & anchor systems, using proper commands, and following up to date safety practices is important. Using common sense and not compromising safety, to satiate your ego, is what will allow you to enjoy rock climbing for years to come.

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Discussion of Rock Climbing Ethics


No Trespassing - Rock Climbing with Respect.

As with any activity ethics come into play when we are talking about rock climbing. One needs to use common sense, have respect, and obey the laws and rules of the climbing areas they visit. Learn about these issues and more in order to maintain access to WNC rock climbing areas.

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Determining the Appropriate Type of Trip for You


Beautiful Silhouette of Zach Climbing at Rumbling Bald - Lake Lure NC

Before you go climbing consider a few things first. Check to make sure where you are planning on going doesn't have closures. Know what the Focus of the Trip is (social, recreational, training, competition, spiritual). Consider the size of your party and how that might affect or impact other rock climbers in the area.

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Types of Climbing (Traditional, Sport, Ice, Mixed, Bouldering, Aide)


Fruit Loops traverse variation - Rumbling Bald

Learn about the different types of Rock Climbing available in Western North Carolina, from Traditional and bouldering to Ice Climbing and Buildering.

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Types of Climbing Gear


Learn about the gear that helps you enjoy the sports of climbing and bouldering. Also learn about taking care of your gear and rope.

Belaying Devices
Belaying Devices
Quick Draws
Quick Draws
Slings
Slings
Biners
Biners
C4 Camalots
C4 Camalots
TCU Set
TCU Set
Passive Gear
Passive Gear

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Ratings of Difficulty & Classes of Climbing


Rock Climbing - Linville NC

Know the classes of climbing, free climbing ratings, and bouldering ratings. Learn and understand the Yosemite decimal system as well as the B-Ratings and V-Ratings. Educate yourself, climb hard, and climb safely.

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Rock Climbing Spots of WNC


Beautiful View of Linville NC

Western North Carolina has excellent climbing opportunities with a slew of terrific climbing spots, including: Chimney Rock, Looking Glass, Cedar Rock, Snake's Den, Linville Gorge Area, Whitesides, Rumbing Bald, Shiprock, and Stone Mountain.

WNC Rock Climbing Locations

Bouldering Spots of WNC


Bouldering Problem

Western North Carolina has excellent bouldering opportunities with a slew of terrific bouldering spots, including: Rumbling Bald, Grandmother, Blowing Rock, The Dump, Winkler's Creek, John's Rock, Stone Mountain, Beacon Heights, and Hound Ears.

WNC Bouldering Locations

Local Outfitters


Black Dome Mountain Sports
140 Tunnel Rd
Asheville, NC 28805
800-678-2367
www.blackdome.com

Black Dome Outdoors – The North Face
1378 Hendersonville Road Suite D
Asheville, NC 28803
828-277-2001
www.blackdome.com

Diamond Brands Outdoors
2623 Hendersonville Rd
Arden, NC 28704
800-459-6262
828-684-6262
www.diamondbrand.com

Diamond Brand Outdoors - Asheville
172 Charlotte Street
Asheville, NC 28801
828-251-4668
www.diamondbrand.com

Frugal Backpacker
2623 Hendersonville Road
Arden, NC 28704
828-209-1530
www.frugalbackpacker.com

REI - Asheville
31 Schenck Parkway
Asheville, NC 28803
828-687-0918
www.rei.com

Second Gear
415 Haywood Rd # A
Asheville, NC 28806
828-258-0757
www.secondgearwnc.com

Take a Hike Mountain Outfitters, Inc.
100 Sutton Ave
Black Mountain, NC 28711
828-669-0811

Guide Services, Climbing Gyms and Training


Ascent Adventure Consultants
125 Watertree Lane
Apex, NC 27502
877-254-4617
www.ascentadventure.com
ascent@ascentadventure.com

Asheville Outdoors
P.O. Box 19291
Asheville, 28815
828-230-4981

Climbmax Sport Climbing Center
43 Wall St
Asheville, NC 28801
828-252-9996
www.climbmaxnc.com

Brevard Rock Gym LLC.
224 South Broad Street
Brevard, NC 28712
828-884-ROCK
www.brevardrockgym.com

Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School
AMGA Accredited Guide Service
3228 Asheville Hwy
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
888-28-GUIDE
www.foxmountainguides.com
info@foxmountainguides.com

Granite Arches Climbing Services
Asheville, NC
423-413-1432
www.granitearches.com
climb@granitearches.com

Montford Climbing Wall (Asheville City Parks & Recreation)
34 Pearson Dr.
Asheville, NC
828-253-3714
www.ashevilleparks.org
montfordr@ashevillenc.gov

Mountain Adventure Guides
2 Jones Branch Road
Erwin, TN 37650
866-813-5210
www.mtnadventureguides.com

Great Web Resources for Climbers


ABC-of-Rock Climbing: www.abc-of-rockclimbing.com
This is the best informational Rock Climbing site that we could find!

RockClimbing.com: www.rockclimbing.com
This page of RockClimbing.com will give you access to information about all recorded WNC Climbing Areas.

SoutheastClimbing.com: www.southeastclimbing.com
This page of SoutheastClimbing.com will give you access to information about a bunch of WNC Climbing Areas.

 

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