Linville Gorge: Guided Rock Climbing with
Description: 600 feet in some places, this steep featured granite wall holds
some of the best remote wilderness multi-pitch rock climbing on the east coast.
Additionally, many of the highest quality routes are very moderate in their
technical grade making it an ideal location for novice and intermediate climbers
looking for true adventure style rock climbing. This area is not
recommended for novice or intermediate climbers without a guide however; the
frequency of storms, the remoteness and length of the climbs make them more
serious in nature than most east coast climbing locations.
Linville Falls, N.C. is between Morganton, N.C., and Boone N.C. on
the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is an hour's drive from Asheville, N.C.
Climbing Season: Climbing is best in Linville Gorge in the spring through the
fall. Linville Gorge is cooler than most areas in the summer due to its
elevation, but can be quite hot. The winter can be frigid, but good
climbing days can still be found in mid-winter.
What We Offer: Granite
Arches offers professional rock climbing guiding and instruction
year-round at the Linville Gorge. Granite Arches offers private
guided instruction only, so you or your group will not be with any other
climbers. Our 'courses' are not set in
stone, because our instruction is private and custom tailored to each
client. Instead, instructional goals of varying levels are
integrated into "focus areas" to be seamlessly woven into your
climbing day at the crags. The focus areas covered by you and your
guide are determined by your technical skill and practical knowledge and
follow a natural progression.
Our Credentials: Our climbing
guides are professionals who have climbed and guided rock,
snow and ice allover the Southeastern US., but also in South America,
Greenland, Europe, and Canada. They bring that experience to your rock
climbing adventure. Swis
Stockton, head guide at Granite Arches, is
one of only four American Mountain Guides Association and United States
Mountain Guides Association certified guides in the southeast U.S., and
the only one with Wilderness Advanced Life Support (WALS) and Wilderness Paramedic certification and
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