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Boone Climbing Guide

The High Country of North Carolina is renown as one of the premier climbing destinations in the Eastern U.S. With phenomenal trad climbing, world-class bouldering and a few fun sport climbing areas thrown in for good measure, it’s easy to find a great place to get in a fun climbing session in and around the Boone area.

Best Climbing Areas In BooneHere are a few of our favorite picks for some of the best climbing adventures in Boone, North Carolina. Keep in mind that the Boone area is chock-full of great climbing areas so stop into Rock Dimensions and ask Ryan and Jenny about their favorites or book a guided climbing trip with them to make the most of your visit.



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131B Depot St, Boone, NC

828-265-3544 / www.RockDimensions.com

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Best Climbing Areas In Boone

Shiprock (Trad Climbing On The Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville, NC)

The crown jewel of the High Country is the phenomenal trad climbing area of Shiprock. Located on the eastern side of Grandfather Mountain, Shiprock offers climbers incredible views of Grandfather Mountain and the Pisgah Forest below. The area features single and multipitch climbs from 5.7 to 5.12+ covering everything from splitter cracks to run out slabs.

Directions from Boone: Take Hwy 105 S for 17 miles to Linville. Turn left onto Hwy 221 N for 3 miles to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Take a left onto Parkway and head north for 5.8 to mile marker 303/Rough Ridge parking area. The climbing area is accessed by hiking south for 0.5 mile, around the sharp turn, to an unmarked trail on the right.


 

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The Dump – Warpin’ Endorphin’ (Sport Climbing Near Blowing Rock) 

Though the name might lead you to think otherwise, the Dump is one of the most revered sport climbing spots in the area. With roadside access, a plethora of hard routes, and a handful of moderates, the area has been known to draw a crowd. The crag gets midday sun, perfect in the winter, but a little toasty in the afternoon. Get there early and warmup on the moderates at the beginning of the cliff before jumping on the area test-piece, Ride the Lightning.

Directions from Boone: Take Hwy 321 S for 6.8 miles to right onto 321 Business in to Blowing Rock. At the first stoplight turn right onto Hwy 221. Follow 221 towards Linville for 10.1 miles, pulling off at the large gravel pullout on the left. The crag is across the road up a good trail.


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Blowing Rock Boulders (Blowing Rock)

 First tapped for their bouldering potential in 1985 by Joey Henson, the Blowing Rock Bouldering Area features a wide-range of problems from V0 to V10. With flat landings, incredible rock quality, a beautiful forest setting, and more than enough problems for the visiting climber to work through, the Blowing Rock Boulders are the place to be during the prime climbing season in the High Country. Start at the 5.10 and Pump Walls for a nice warm-up, then hit the Classic Arete before tackling the more difficult lines at the area.

Directions from Boone: Take Hwy 321 S for 6.8 miles to right onto 321 Business in to Blowing Rock. At the first stoplight turn right onto Hwy 221. Follow 221 for 1.6 miles to parking area on left.


Best Climbing Areas In Boone

Footsloggers Tower (Boone)

Perfect for those interested in learning how to climb, or those looking to get in a quick workout in town, the Footsloggers climbing tower offers a great variety of routes for all skill levels. Rock Dimensions guide service offers a “Tower to Rock” day that allows participants to warm-up on the tower and learn the fundamentals before heading out to one of the local crags for an afternoon of rock climbing. Rock Dimensions also offers guided tours, a challenge course and zipline, climbing shoe and bouldering pad rentals, and multiple instructional courses for those just learning the ropes or climbers seeking to hone their existing skills through certification-based courses.

Directions from Boone: This adventure is in the middle of downtown off King St. at 139 S. Depot St.


Best Climbing Areas In Boone

Linville Gorge Bouldering

The Linville Gorge is renown as one of the top backpacking spots in the country. In addition to hiking the gorge also features world-class paddling, climbing and bouldering. According to developer Mike Stam, the area is really unique due to the polished stones, the beautiful setting and the incredible diversity of different types of boulders. Check out this video to see a sample of the quality of climbing offered in the Linville Gorge.

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221 Boulders (Linville)

Some of the High Country’s best rock lies just below Grandfather Mountain on US 221. Over 20 different bouldering areas and crags offer everything from fun, moderate boulder problems like West Texas (v2) to rarely repeated climbs like Ishmael (5.13c). For bouldering, we like parking at Fight Rock, the large graffiti boulder that overhangs the road. Various areas including The Dungeon, Boulder’s Boulder, Carjacker, The Iceberg and M1 are all easily accessible with a short walk. From Fight Rock, head up the Viaduct access road behind the boulder for 1/2 mile and veer right to find boulders. M1 + The Dungeon are located on the downhill side of 221.

Directions from Boone: Take 105 S for 17 miles to Linville and turn left onto US 221. Pass Grandfather Mountain and head toward Blowing Rock on the curvy mountain road for about 5 miles to Fight Rock on the left.


Best Climbing Areas In Boone

Table Rock (Linville Gorge)

When it comes to adventure climbing, the Linville Gorge ranks near the top. The rugged setting, tough approaches, and miles of towering cliffline offer climbers a chance to get out and explore the possibilities. For those more interested in easy approaches and fun climbing, look no further than Table Rock Mountain. With an abundance of well-protected, three-pitch routes and beautiful views from the summit, Table Rock is a top destination for those looking to sample a climbing adventure in the Gorge.

Directions from Boone: Take 105 S for 17 miles to Linville. Turn right on Hwy 221 S for 3.4 miles to left on Hwy 181 S. Follow for 6.4 miles to the second Gingercake Acres Rd. marked with a large sign for the Linville Gorge. Take a slight left onto Table Rock Rd and follow for 5.4 miles to right at the sign to Table Rock, and follow the steep road to the large parking area at the top.


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Beacon Heights:

Climbers looking to sample some of Beacon Heights’ bouldering should venture down into the woods and explore the towering forest of Spruce Pines, Hemlocks, and Red Oaks. The cluster of boulders are scattered throughout the high-altitude evergreen jungle and provide a veritable playground for boulderers looking to test their skills on some easy climbing, great rock and flat landings. The boulders in this forest have a plethora of large holds which allows for even the beginner climber to have fun and feel the thrill of success. The top of the boulders are shrouded by large trees which provide a bit of seclusion and isolation while still offering an enchanting view of the Linville Gorge.

There are several smaller boulders in the woods that offer boulder problems with a good range of difficulty.

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Local Climbing Experts: Rock Dimensions

131B Depot St, Boone, NC

828-265-3544 / www.RockDimensions.com

 

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