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ClimbMax Climbing

43 Wall Street
Asheville, NC 28801
828-252-9996
www.climbmaxnc.com
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CLIMBMAX CLIMBING is a family run and operated business.  We have been sharing our love for climbing for 19 years.  Each customer that walks through that door, and each and every employee has made Climbmax what it is today, … A family run business where YOU are the FAMILY !

 

Stuart Ice ClimbingStuart Cowles, President
Stuart Cowles is the founder and creator of ClimbMax Climbing Center and ClimbMax Mountain Guides. In 1992 Stuart moved to Asheville, having never been here before, looking for a city to create his unique dream, one of the very first rock climbing centers in the country.  The few criteria he had were that the city had to be unique, small enough to support his sanity, surrounded, in every direction, by mountains.  Some nineteen years later Cowles still loves the town, the mountains, and especially the climbing community who have embraced this great gym and made it part of their life.In addition to being an excellent climbing guide, Stuart is also a great teacher with over 25 years of experience working with youth in an outdoor learning environment. When not working or guiding in the Southern Appalachia, he loves to travel the world seeking out high adventures.  Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, high mountain
adventurer, avid trail runner, accomplished teacher,  . . . . and dog lover !Contemplative Dog
Certified Single Pitch Instructor BadgeStuart Cowles has certification or training in the following areas:
– AMGA Certified Member
– AMGA Certified Climbing Wall Instructor
– AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
– WMI Wilderness First Responder First Aid Training
– AMGA Alpine Guide Course
– AIARE level 1 Avalanche TrainingEmail Stuart CowlesStuart writes a monthly column entitled ‘Out There’ for the magazine The Laurel of Asheville. Click here to view samples of his column.

Luke Anderson

Luke Anderson Dr. VM
Vice-President
Email: Luke@climbmaxnc.com
Luke is the newest owner of Climbmax Climbing as we move forward into our new home at the Smoky Mountian Adventure Center in 2014.

 

 

 

 Outdoor Rock Climbing and Mountain Guides

Mike Reardon Climbing OutdoorsMike Reardon,
Outdoor Climbing Guide
Email: mike@climbmaxnc.com
Mike has been climbing in Western North Carolina for over a decade. He recently published “Cedar Rock and Satellite Crags”, a climbers’ guidebook to many climbing areas near Asheville. He has a love of explorative adventure, and has established many first ascents in the area. As a father and public school teacher, Mike has years of teaching experience that carries over well to teaching climbing techniques.

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Carolina Climbers’ Coalition Board Member

 

Jeremiah Haas

Outdoor Climbing Guide
Email: jeremiah@climbmaxnc.com
AMGA Single PItch Instructor
AMGA Rock Instructor Course
SOLO WIlderness First Responder

Rose CowlesRose Cowles
Mountain Hiking Guide
Email: Rosecowles@gmail.com

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This November, get ready for climbing’s greatest stories, stars, and sends. REEL ROCK 12 premieres five new short films that will deliver heart-thumping action, big laughs, and pure inspiration.

Featuring Margo Hayes, the first woman to climb 5.15; Brad Gobright, an up-and-coming free soloist with a donut addiction; and more.


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Reel Rock 12

November 2, 2017, 7:00pm - November 2, 2017, 10:00pm

This November, get ready for climbing’s greatest stories, stars, and sends. REEL ROCK 12 premieres five new short films that will deliver heart-thumping action, big laughs, and pure inspiration. Featuring Margo Hayes, the first woman to climb 5.15; Brad Gobright, an up-and-coming free soloist with a donut addiction; and more. Tickets: $20

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Butora Shoe Demo tomorrow night at the SMAC!

Try the entire fleet on whether you need a sturdy gym shoe, multipitch high top, or a top performance weapon for your next project.
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Butora Shoe Demo!

October 5, 2017, 5:00pm

Butora Shoe Demo tomorrow night at the SMAC! Try the entire fleet on whether you need a sturdy gym shoe, multipitch high top, or a top performance weapon for your next project.

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