Asheville NC Rock Climbing at Chimney Rock Park
Fox Mountain Guides at Chimney Rock Park

Rope Climbing and Rappelling

From beginner rock climbing to intermediate rock climbing to advanced and expert rock climbing, our two-hour clinics on rappelling and climbing are geared to your skill level. You will receive one-on-one instruction in a small group setting from the fully-certified guides of Fox Mountain Guides, the Southeast's only AMGA-accredited climbing school. You’ll be on the cliffs and enjoying your new vantage point in a matter of minutes! Sign up as a group or come on your own. Class size is limited to six people. All clinics are by advance reservation only and offered between 9am-11am and 3pm-5pm seven days a week during Daylight Saving Time. (Hours of operation in the Park are more limited and weather-dependent during the winter, so call the Park office at 828-625-9611 for current conditions.) All equipment is provided. If you're not sure you want to go a full two hours and are looking for just a "taste" of rock climbing, try the 15-minute "Give It a Go" taster. These walk-up tastes of Chimney Rock climbing are available whenever we have an instructor on-site. Check out more information on climbing at Chimney Rock on the Fox Mountain Guides website for price information and to book a climbing lesson.
NOTE: The schedule may change due to inclement weather.


Half Day and Full Day Climbing:

First Time/Novice Trips 'Top Rope Climbing/Rappelling'
Come by yourself or get together a group of friends and experience this amazing sport for the first time! A day of 'top rope' or 'single pitch' is climbing to about 60-100 feet high doing single climbs and then being lowered back down to the ground. You may also rappel, starting at the top and lowering yourself down the rope while being belayed by the guide. The day consists of accomplishing climbs that you feel comfortable doing and learning about climbing safety, belaying and rappelling, equipment, climbing ethics, and wilderness "Leave No Trace" skills. All equipment is provided.

Intermediate/Advanced Trips 'Multi-pitch Rock Guiding'
The guide leads up to a ledge, builds an anchor and then belays you up to it. From here, the guide leads up again to another ledge and repeats the process to the top of the cliff. Multi-pitch climbs at Chimney Rock are 200-400 feet high. All guiding days are "one-on-one" unless you organize to bring friends or family with you. Multi-pitch guiding has a limit of 3 participants.

Group Rock Climbing
Fox Mountain Guides offers a complete guiding service for all groups, family trips, reunions, birthday parties, school trips, church group excursions and scout climbing and rappelling trips as part of the Climbing Merit Badge, or as part of an extended trip anywhere in North Carolina. Our discounted group rates start at a minimum booking of six clients, and we offer a range of possibilities including full and half-day bookings.

General Information
The minimum age and weight for most climbs and rappels is 7 years old and 50 pounds. There is no maximum age or weight restriction. Categories of climbs are beginner (novice) level and continue to advanced rock climbing/rappelling.

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