Tag - Climbing

Grandmother Mountain Boulders

Grandmother Mountain Boulders (Linville)

Grandmother Mountain Boulders (Linville): First discovered for their bouldering potential in the mid-1990s, the Grandmother Mountain area near Boone, NC now hosts more than 400 problems and some of the best stone in the entire Southeast, all in a stunningly beautiful and cool sub-alpine...

Chimney Rocks Climbing Linville Gorge

Linville Gorge Chimneys Climbing (Boone)

The Chimneys (Linville Gorge, Pisgah NF): The .7-mile hike to the 21 Chimneys atop Linville Gorge is among the most beautiful vistas in North Carolina, amidst one of the most remote areas in the Blue Ridge. The steep climbs are a great area to set up top ropes, with slightly overhanging...

Looking Glass Rock Climbing

Looking Glass Rock Climbing (Brevard)

Looking Glass Rock | Traditional Climbing: Perhaps the quintessential southeastern US climbing spot, Looking Glass Rock features enough routes to occupy many a full day of adventure. Steeped in history and set in the most beautiful part of the Pisgah NF, the massive, white granite dome...

Cedar Rock Trad Climbing

Cedar Rock Trad Climbing (Brevard)

Cedar Rock Trad Climbing (Pisgah National Forest): With a vast difficulty range that accommodates all skill levels and over two dozen varied climbs, Cedar Rock is a popular yet typically uncrowded climbing spot. The dome’s main wall features classic climbs like Cedar Pie and Toads R...

Blowing ROck Boulders

Blowing Rock Boulders

Blowing Rock Boulders: 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...

107 Boulders | Western Carolina University

107 Boulders | Western Carolina University

107 Boulders | Western Carolina University: The 107 Boulders are located just a short drive from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee and make for a fun local climbing spot about 20 minutes from the college campus at Western Carolina University. The boulders get their name from...

Corner Rock Bouldering Luke Evans

Corner Rock Boulder | Big Ivy Wilderness

Corner Rock Boulder (Big Ivy Wilderness, Barndardsville): Big, steep and concentrated: this boulder is like a little crag of problems. Perched above a creek in the majestic Pisgah National Forest this boulder is a true gem. Generally speaking, the boulder has a few warm-ups in the V2 to...

Stony Bald Boulders

Stony Bald Boulders | Blue Ridge Parkway

Stony Bald Boulders (Blue Ridge Parkway): The Stony Bald Boulders are on the south face of Stony Bald, NC at over 4000′ and up the hill from the Shut-in Ridge trail. The area is somewhat developed for bouldering, but still has opportunities for further development with a few projects...

Best Climbing Areas

Table Rock Climbing

Table Rock Climbing: When it comes to adventure climbing, the Linville Gorge ranks near the top. The rugged setting, tough approaches, and miles of towering cliff line offer climbers a chance to get out and explore the possibilities. For those more interested in easy approaches and fun...

Best Climbing Areas

Shiprock Rock Climbing

 Shiprock Rock Climbing: The crown jewel of the High Country is the phenomenal trad climbing area of Shiprock. Located on the northeastern flank of Grandfather Mountain, Shiprock offers climbers incredible views of Grandfather Mountain and the Pisgah Forest below. The area features...

Best Climbing Areas

Footsloggers Outdoor Climbing Tower

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...

Best Climbing Areas

The Dump / Warpin’ Endorphin

Though the name might lead you to think otherwise, the Dump (aka Warpin’ Endorphin) 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...

Best Climbing Areas

221 Boulders

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...

Best Climbing Areas

North Carolina Ice Climbing

When conditions are right, aspiring ice climbers will find some of the lower 48’s best ice in western NC. From top-roping short pitches to multi-pitch adventures, Whitesides Mountain offers a full, world-class package. For smaller climbs, head out along the Blue Ridge Parkway or...