Looking for a new outdoor adventure? How about guided rock climbing and rappelling near Asheville? Chimney Rock Park is an incredible area that offers everything from beginner to advanced climbing opportunities throughout the year. They full and half days of single and multipitch climbing and rappelling at Chimney Rock Park, as well as a 'Intro to Climbing,' a two hour experience that encompasses all that climbing has to offer! The Intro to Climbing is ideal for those whole have little or no climbing experience that wish to see what climbing is about before possibly going on for a full day of private guiding. No previous experience is necessary and all equipment is provided. You will experience private instruction from our AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) Certified Instructors and Guides from Fox Mountain Guides. They offer rock climbing and rappelling 12 months of the year (weather permitting). It's just 25 miles from Asheville in the Hickory Nut Gorge of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
For more rock climbing in the North Carolina mountains, download the Rock Climbing Brochure for the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests.
Rope Climbing and Rappelling
From beginner rock climbing to intermediate rock climbing to advanced and expert rock climbing, their two-hour clinics on rappelling and climbing are geared to your skill level. You will receive one-on-one instruction in a small group setting from the fully-certified guides. You’ll be on the cliffs and enjoying your new vantage point in a matter of minutes! Sign up as a group or come on your own. Class size is limited to six people. All clinics are by advance reservation only from mid March - November. All equipment is provided.
Get a Taste
If you're not sure you want to go a full two hours and are looking for just a "taste" of rock climbing, try the 15-minute "Give It a Go" taster. These walk-up tastes of Chimney Rock rock climbing are available whenever they have a guide on-site.
For more information, go to the Chimney Rock Park Web site.
Half Day and Full Day Rock Chimney Rock Climbing near Asheville
First Time/Novice Trips 'Top Rope Climbing/Rappelling'
Come by yourself or get together a group of friends and experience this amazing sport for the first time! A day of 'top rope' or ‘single pitch’ is climbing to about 60-100 feet high doing single climbs and then being lowered back down to the ground. You may also rappel, starting at the top and lowering yourself down the rope while being belayed by the guide. The day consists of accomplishing climbs that you feel comfortable doing and learning about climbing safety, belaying and rappelling, equipment, climbing ethics, and wilderness “Leave No Trace” skills. All equipment is provided.
Intermediate/Advanced Trips 'Multi-pitch Rock Guiding'
The guide leads up to a ledge, builds an anchor and then belays you up to it. From here, the guide leads up again to another ledge and repeats the process to the top of the cliff. Multi-pitch climbs at Chimney Rock are 200-400 feet high. All guiding days are "one-on-one" unless you organize to bring friends or family with you. Multi-pitch guiding has a limit of 3 participants.
Advanced Trips 'Guided Single and Multi Day Aid Climbs'
Aid climbing is for those who wish to take on Chimney Rock’s steepest seemingly un-climbable faces. The Guide climbs the rock ‘on aid’ placing gear, clipping and climbing up, then the client climbs the rope using mechanical ascenders. You can choose if you would like to do an aid climb in a single day, or spend the night on a ‘portaledge’ (tent hanging on the face) and do the full value two day ascent!
Top Rope Ice Climbing
They offer top roping of ice routes for absolute beginners at Chimney Rock when conditions permit. No experience or equipment needed! If you are a climber, have climbed in a climbing gym or even if you have never climbed before, you can ice climb. They supply all the equipment and the most experienced and AMGA Certified instructors and Guides in the Southeast to introduce you to the exhilarating sport of ice climbing!
Who Can Rock Climb?
The minimum age for most climbs and rappels is 6 years old. There is no maximum age or weight restriction. Categories of climbs are beginner (novice) level and continue to advanced rock climbing/rappelling. The routes are located "off trail" at various locations around the Park including the Chimney itself and the lower tier off of the Hickory Nut Falls trail.
Rock Climbing in Downtown Asheville
Climbmax in downtown offers simulated rock climbing, indoors and outdoors, at their fun facility on Wall Street. They also offer guided rock climbing trips. Go to their Web site.