to Granite Arches Climbing Guides!
Rock Climbing in the Southeast:
rock climbing instruction
and guiding in
North Carolina, Tennessee,
Georgia. Our focus is to help you efficiently reach your climbing
goals, while developing superior risk management awareness and technical
skill proficiency. In short, our aim is to make you a better
climber as quickly as possible. Our instruction can cover beginner rock
climbing, intermediate and aid climbing, lead climbing, self-rescue and
Ice Climbing: We also offer
instruction and guiding in the southeastern, northeastern and western
The Mountain Experience: We offer scheduled group and
ski mountaineering and mountaineering
expeditions to the western U.S., Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia.
Contact us for more details.
Climbing Rescue & Medical Courses:
We offer climbing-specific courses on
self-rescue, either privately or in scheduled
classes throughout the year.
Our Courses: Our
guided rock climbing instruction and guiding is tailored to the
client's goals, is highly personalized, and is loosely organized
around the following knowledge suites:
Intro to Outdoor Rock
gear overview; basic climbing movement and
techniques; belaying and ground anchors; basic risk assessment; and
Top Rope Setup:
rock and tree analysis; rigging options; media selection and ERNEST
analysis; cliff side safety systems; and more.
Lead Climbing I:
single-point protection workshop (nuts, sliders, cams,
etc.); rope physics/selection; rack selection and organization;
reading routes, choosing placements and riggings; avoiding
zipper, z clips and backclips; learning to control rope travel
and drag; lead climbing psychology. The course makes
extensive use of mock leads with transitions into anchors.
Lead Climbing II: advanced
leading concepts, theory and practice (exploiting cam angles,
wedge physics, building awareness of vector dynamics; utilizing
multidirectional anchors as URPs while leading; identifying and
managing critical curvature) and involves advanced mock leading
Climbing: complex anchors, macro-micro route finding, anchor
selection and orientation, and more.
Self-Rescue I &
II: belay escapes, directs, knot passes, raises,
lowers, ascensions, pick-offs, rescue theory/planning, and more.
Skills Course: client care, climbing with multiple clients,
advanced belay systems, advanced rappel systems, transitions, and
Stockton is a USMGA/AMGA Certified Rock Instructor, WEMT,
Paramedic, ACLS/PEPP/BTLS, and Wilderness Advanced Life Support (WALS)
certified. He completed the Swiss/UIAGM High Altitude Guides
Rescue Course and has guided in Peru, Ecuador, and the US on rock, snow
and ice. More.
Thomas is an AMGA Certified Rock Instructor and a great addition to
Granite Arches. Rod guides rock full time now, no longer working the
winters as a ski instructor in Idaho. Rod holds WFR certification
through WMA, and yes, ladies, he DOES like long walks on the beach.
Stracker has worked for Granite Arches
since 2006. He has guided for North Carolina and Pacific Crest
Outward Bound Schools, and he holds a BS in Outdoor Education from
Warren Wilson College. He
holds a BS in nursing and has Wilderness First
Responder (WFR), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS),
and Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
We hope to climb
with you soon!
Granite Arches Climbing Services
Asheville, NC, USA
Chattanooga, TN USA
Johnson City, TN USA
Winston-Salem, NC, USA
Phone: (423) 413-1432
by Granite Arches Climbing Services
Granite Arches holds a special
users' permit to operate in the
National Forests of North Carolina
snow, and ice climbing and related activities are inherently dangerous.
We try to manage the risks of climbing, but no guarantee of safety is
provided or implied. You may be injured or killed while climbing.