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1-day Introduction to outdoor climbing in the Blue Ridge Mountains


Join AMGA-certified guide Swis for a scenic and beneficial introduction to outdoor climbing course in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina for a day of guided instruction to develop your rock climbing skills.



1 Day

All year


First Time


  • Everyone can learn the rock climbing fundamentals on a fun-filled day.
  • Admire the rare, iconic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Appalachians.
  • Gain valuable insights and knowledge from a certified local guide.


Discover the magic of the Blue Ridge Mountains while breaking into the world of rock climbing! This one-day introduction to outdoor climbing course will prepare you for the plethora of objectives throughout the Appalachians and beyond, providing the foundation for an exciting career in rock climbing!

The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina are a symbol of Appalachian wilderness, occupying the western landscape along its border with Tennessee. The range itself extends roughly 550 miles from Georgia to Pennsylvania. The granite and gneiss slabs across North Carolina’s beautiful forested terrain are perfect for rock climbing, hiking, and any outdoor activities. This pristine wilderness is the ideal place to launch an exciting career in mountain sports.

Your program is designed to do just that, utilizing the picturesque Blue Ridge as your classroom. Over the course of a day, you will learn everything from safety instruction and equipment preparation to belay technique and rope management. All of your learning will be hands-on, with a lot of climbing and practical application of newly-acquired techniques.

Common lessons include gear care and use, crimping and footwork, objective hazards, and navigation. With a wide umbrella of instruction, you will have plenty to practice while climbing constantly. I have over 20 years of experience, so you will have plenty of opportunities to gain personalized technique and feedback from a seasoned veteran.

With a tailored lesson plan geared toward the entire group, you will receive valuable tools to progress as an outdoor climber. First-time climbers and families are encouraged to join this fun and safe program. We will craft a program based on your needs and abilities to provide the best experience possible in one of America’s most beautiful settings. If one day isn’t enough, we can also extend your program for a more immersive experience. Longer courses will be more thorough and give you more climbing time.

This program will allow you to develop skills quickly while also giving you the training necessary to evaluate fellow climbers and your safety. As you obtain and practice safe techniques and build a solid foundation of knowledge, you will prepare yourself for a successful progression onto bigger, more ambitious objectives.

Book this introduction to outdoor climbing course in the Blue Ridge Mountains NOW and spend one day on a guided rock climbing course that will provide a skill set for a lifetime and allow you to reach goals in North Carolina, the United States, and the world!

We can also spend a day rock climbing outside of Asheville, North Carolina, on Whiteside Mountain!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

The price includes the guiding fee and group equipment (helmet, harness, ropes, etc.). Non-essential climbing equipment, such as climbing shoes, can be rented for an additional fee.


Meeting point

Contact me upon booking for further information regarding our meeting point.

About the guide

My name is Swis, and I run Granite Arches Climbing Guides, a guiding service passionate about quality instruction. We started Granite Arches in 1996. For the past 20+ years we have been providing customized, boutique rock and ice climbing experiences for clients throughout the southeastern US.

I am an AMGA certified Rock Instructor, and an AMGA SPI course provider. I am a paramedic and board certified emergency physician.
My main love, however, is getting out with our exceptional clients and helping them meet their climbing goals as efficiently as possible. At Granite Arches, our focus is on YOUR climbing goals, not OUR climbing accomplishments.




Linville Gorge Wilderness, Marion, NC, USA

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Sept 14, 2022

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