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 !
– 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 Dr. VM
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 Climbing Guide
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
Outdoor Climbing Guide
AMGA Single PItch Instructor
AMGA Rock Instructor Course
SOLO WIlderness First Responder
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