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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.

 ClimbMax Mountain Guides

We also have a full private guide service and climbing school!  Click the link below to learn more about our ClimbMax Mountain Guides and our instructors!

ClimbMax Mountain Guides

 

 

 

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

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  • Climbmax's @rohwederkm can find a groove in any belay

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  • Big things are coming to SMAC... Stay tuned!

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  • New set on the 20! Also pictured we have the Hitchcock brothers crushing some @egripsholds bubble wrap climbs! Its been really great watching these boys become stronger climbers since joining our climbing team!

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  • Climbmax team member @connor.parton sizing up a ridiculous bicycle on the sit start project to The Prow at the secret spot in Marshall. #bouldering #climbing #toehook #shoulderboulder
  • We're excited to have @boulderdenim at the SMAC Thursday, April 12th from 5 to 9pm demoing their climbing jeans which repel chalk, have a lifetime warranty, are super stretchy, and have a stylish tailored cut for men and women. Come out next Thursday to demo them on the wall! #craftedfortheclimb #bdroadtrip #climbing #bouldering #asheville
  • @rohwederkm flexing his way up one of our lead routes... This one goes at 5.12+!! Photo: @5.fun
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  • New set on the barrel and the 40! Here’s some sneaky beta for this @kiltergrips V6!
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  • Still putting up new climbs on the 20!! But, get excited, because today the 40 and the barrel and getting the reset!! #climbmaxnc #climbing #boulder #climb #northcarolina #asheville @Regrann from @summer.climbs - Super fun new route in the gym! My feet could barely reach the foot hold on the last move 😆
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  • @Regrann from @houndsgrin (one of our setters and a wonderful human being) - I've always been passionate about work, and my tendency is to find employment that is equal parts stressful and fulfilling.  My current job with @secondgearwnc is the least stressful I've had at any point in my life.  Case in point, I recently got to take our staff to @climbmaxnc to take pictures of some climbing shoes.  A few days later I got to represent the company at @rumbleclimbingcomp and spend a beautiful day bouldering with great people.  Safe to say I feel pretty fortunate to be doing what I'm doing. #passion #climbing #bouldering

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CONTACT US

Climbmax Downtown

43 Wall Street
Asheville NC, 28806

(828) 252-6669

OPENING HOURS:
Tue - Fri:  Noon - 9:30pm
​​Saturday:  10am - 9:30pm
​Sun - Mon:  Noon - 6pm

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Climbmax River Arts

173 Amboy Road
Asheville NC, 28806

(828) 505-4446

OPENING HOURS:
Monday:  8am - 8pm
​​Tue - Sat:  8am - 10pm
​Sunday:  10am - 8pm