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
C4 Camalots
C4 Camalots
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

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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

Black Dome Outdoors – The North Face
1378 Hendersonville Road Suite D
Asheville, NC 28803

Diamond Brands Outdoors
2623 Hendersonville Rd
Arden, NC 28704

Diamond Brand Outdoors - Asheville
172 Charlotte Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Frugal Backpacker
2623 Hendersonville Road
Arden, NC 28704

REI - Asheville
31 Schenck Parkway
Asheville, NC 28803

Second Gear
415 Haywood Rd # A
Asheville, NC 28806

Take a Hike Mountain Outfitters, Inc.
100 Sutton Ave
Black Mountain, NC 28711

Guide Services, Climbing Gyms and Training

Ascent Adventure Consultants
125 Watertree Lane
Apex, NC 27502

Asheville Outdoors
P.O. Box 19291
Asheville, 28815

Climbmax Sport Climbing Center
43 Wall St
Asheville, NC 28801

Brevard Rock Gym LLC.
224 South Broad Street
Brevard, NC 28712

Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School
AMGA Accredited Guide Service
3228 Asheville Hwy
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

Granite Arches Climbing Services
Asheville, NC

Montford Climbing Wall (Asheville City Parks & Recreation)
34 Pearson Dr.
Asheville, NC

Mountain Adventure Guides
2 Jones Branch Road
Erwin, TN 37650

Great Web Resources for Climbers

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