The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

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    The mountains of Western North Carolina offer a fabulous wealth of climbing opportunities if you are interested in rock, ice or mountain climbing. Rock cliffs, outcroppings, and slopes are to be found in endless abundance and every year, thousands of professional and amateur climbers alike visit our area to test their skills.
     If you are visiting Asheville and are interested in doing some climbing, there are three Outdoor Stores in Asheville that can offer you professional and competent advice on local climbs -Black Dome on Tunnel Road, Diamond Brand Outdoors south of Asheville on Hendersonville Road, and REI located in Biltmore Park, on the west side of Asheville.
     And your first stop if you are interested in learning to rock climb should be the
Climbmax Climbing Center located in the Wall Street district of downtown Asheville.
     For area youths interested in wilderness adventure, as well as  rock and mountain climbing, one of the best choices is the  
North Carolina Outward Bound program, which conveniently is based in Asheville. 

Climbing Centers:
Climbmax Climbing Center: A climbing center located in downtown Asheville offering instruction, guide services, apparel sales, and two on-site climbing walls -one 40-foot outdoor wall and an indoor climbing gym with a 20-foot wall geared to all skill levels, with staff on duty at all times to insure safety. 43 Wall Street, Asheville NC 28801, 828-252-9996.


Guide Services:
Appalachian Mountain Institute  Guided rock and ice climbing near Asheville and Brevard North Carolina. AMGA certified guides. 21 Cherry Ridge Road, Pisgah Forest NC 28768, 828-553-6323.
Climbmax Mountain Guides Outdoor guided climbs range from local one-day climbs to multi-day Alpine-class climbs.  AMGA certified guides. 43 Wall Street, Asheville NC 288801, 828-252-9996.
Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School  Trips near Asheville, Boone, Chimney Rock and Charlotte. AMGA Certified guides. 951 Crab Creek Road, Hendersonville NC 28739,  888-284-8433.
Granite Arches Climbing Guides Rock, ice and mountain climbing in the American Southeast and South America. AMGA Certified guides. 423-413-1432.
Rock Dimensions Guided rock climbing, rappelling and caving. Courses range from beginner to advanced. 131-B S. Depot St. Boone, North Carolina 28607. 828-265-3544.

American Alpine Club 710 10th Street, Suite 100, Golden CO 80401, 303-384-0110
American Mountain Guides Association 1209 Pearl Street, Suite 14, Boulder CO 80302, 303-271-0984.
North Carolina Outward Bound 2582 Riceville Road, Asheville NC 28805, 828-756-2627

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Outdoor Stores & Outfitters in the Asheville-Hendersonville Area:
Backcountry Outdoors: 49 Pisgah Highway, Suite 6, Pisgah Forest NC 28768, 828-884-4262.
Black Dome: 140 Tunnel Road, Asheville NC 28805, 828-251-2001.
Frugal Backbacker Outdoor Outlet: 2621 Hendersonville Road, Arden NC 28704, 828-209-1530.
Mast General Store: 15 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville NC 28801. 828-232-1883.
Play It Again Sports (Second-hand): 611 Tunnel Road, Asheville NC 28805, 828-299-1221.
REI: 31 Schenck Parkway, Asheville NC 28803, 828-687-0918.
Second Gear (Second-hand) 444 Haywood Road, Asheville NC 28806, 828-258-0757.
Ski Country Sports: 1000 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville NC 28804, 828-254-0901.

Outdoor Stores & Outfitters in the rest of Western North Carolina:
Bryson City: Nantahala Outdoor Center: 13077 Highway 19W, Bryson City NC, 888-905-7238.
Cashiers: Highland Hiker
: 47 Highway 107 South, Cashiers NC 28717. 828-743-1732.
Hot Springs:
Bluff Mountain Outfitters: 152 Bridge Street, Hot Springs NC 28743, 828-622-7162.
Murphy: Appalachian Outfitters: 104A Tennessee Street, Murphy NC 28906, 828-837-4165.
Pisgah Forest: Looking Glass Outfitters: 90 New Hendersonville Highway, Pisgah Forest NC 28768, 866-351-2176.
Robbinsville: Cherohala Outfitters: 260 Snowbird Road, Robbinsville NC 28711. 828-479-4464.
Valle Crucis: Mast General Store: Other locations in Boone, Waynesville, Hendersonville and Asheville. Highway 194, Valle Crucis NC 28691. 828-963-6511.
West Jefferson: Mountain Outfitters: 102 South Jefferson Avenue, West Jefferson NC 29694. 336-246-9133.


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