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
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 involved 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
Kessler is an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor and a NOLS Certified Wilderness First Responder.
Dave has been climbing and teaching for 33 years at many of the most
popular areas in Tennessee, Kentucky, Wisconsin, New York, Canada,
Arizona, New Mexico, California, Colorado, Wyoming, Oregon, West
Virginia and North Carolina. Currently he enjoys guiding primarily
in Tennessee. More.
Perkins is an AMGA certified Single
Pitch Instructor and he has completed the AMGA Rock Instructor Course.
He has climbed all over the US, has 50+ ascents of Mt Ranier, 20 of Mount
Baker. He has climbed and guided extensively in the North Cascades,
Olympics, Canadian Rockies, Tetons, Winds, High Sierra, Alaska, Mexico and
the Andes of South America, including numerous solo summits of major
mountains. More here.
Ryan Prentiss is an AMGA certified SPI who began
climbing in college out in Northern California. Since that
time, Ryan has worked for the North Carolina Outward Bound School as
a climbing instructor, has an Outdoor Education certificate from CSU
Chico, and has a current WFR from WMI. He has climbed and
guided in numerous climbing areas from California to North Carolina.
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.
We hope to climb
with you soon!