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Tennessee Rock Climbing
with Granite Arches Climbing Guides

What we offer: Granite Arches Climbing Services offers private rock  climbing instruction and guiding in Tennessee locations including the Tennessee Wall (T-wall), Foster Falls, Sunset Rock, and other lesser known areas in Tennessee. Granite Arches' intensive instruction and guiding can help both beginning and more advanced climbers meet their goals with maximum enjoyment, efficiency and safety. Guided instruction is personalized and can cover beginner, intermediate, lead climbing, self-rescue and guide training.  Guided instruction and climbing is tailored to the client's goals, is highly personalized, and is loosely organized around the following  knowledge suites:






Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing (belaying, climbing technique, equipment, etc.)                                         


Top Rope Setup (rock and tree analysis, rigging options, ERNEST analysis, etc.)                                                


Intermediate/Multi-pitch Climbing (technique, natural anchors, multi-pitch, rope management, etc.)        


Advanced/Lead Climbing (single-point protection systems, complex anchors, mock leads, etc.)                      


Rescue Skills (knot passes, raises, lowers, ascensions, etc.)                                                                                      

Who we are: Granite Arches has the highest trained climbing guides working in TN.  Swis Stockton and Rod Thomas are both American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Certified Rock Instructors (the new name for Level 1 Rock Guide). 

Swis has guided extensively in the U.S., Ecuador, and Peru on rock, snow and ice.  Additionally, Swis has taught climbing for Red Top Meadows Center in Jackson Wyoming,  guided for North Carolina Outward Bounds School, and developed and implemented the climbing program for the University of Georgia Recreation Department. 

Click here to learn about our guiding and instructional trips in Tennessee and the surrounding mountains.

For more information about our Tennessee climbing guides, click the appropriate link at left.  We also send our  climbing guides to VA, SC, WV, and GA.




Granite Arches Climbing Guides
Asheville, NC, USA
Chattanooga, TN USA
Johnson City, TN USA
Winston-Salem, NC, USA


Phone: (423) 413-1432

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  by Granite Arches Climbing Guides

Permits:  Granite Arches holds a special users' permit to operate in the
National Forests of North Carolina

Disclaimer: Rock, 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.