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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.

 

 

 

 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!

https://www.climbmaxnc.com/outdoor-adventures

 

 

 

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

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  • Come to SMAC on the 20th and the 21st of this month to get your sole rejuvenated by @onsightresoles! Ian does great work, with a super fast turnaround! Make your old shoes like new again!
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  • We went a little crazy on this wall recently, adding 3 more problems to an already fairly dense area! @pebblewrassler said there weren’t enough slopers, so he added a bunch! Come try them out today! We also have new topropes going up downtown this week!

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  • Even more magic going up at SMAC! Come get your boulder on today, tons of problems from V0-V8!!
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