Outdoor Trips

ROCK AND ICE CLIMBING TRIPS

outside rockclimbing in the fallThere are as many different ways to enjoy a guided outing as there are services available at Climbmax Climbing to service a client’s desires.
Adventures are booked upon the type of service and duration of the day.

Each type of service is defined below.

Sample Climbing (6 hrs) All Ability Levels

Two people belaying outsideThis is the basic service for those wanting to have a great sampling of rock-climbing, mountain hiking, or rappelling.  The day is not as long as some of our other options, but just like ALL Climbmax Mountain Guides’ trips this day will be private and designed to the client’s experience level and desires.
**no experience needed, appropriate for all ages.

$175 plus $60 per person additional. Includes all necessary equipment.

Full Experience Climbing (8 hrs) All Ability Levels.

Expect a full day of climbing, suited for both beginners or climbers with previous experience. Before heading out to the rock, your guide will check with you about your goals of the day and cater the day to your hopes. The focus of the day is typically climbing a variety of routes, learning lead and top rope belay techniques, learning safe rappelling techniques, developing climbing movement skills, and having a great adventure. The physical and mental challenges, coupled with a beautiful surrounding makes for an unbeatable experience.

$195 plus $80 per person additional. Includes all necessary equipment.

Total Adventure Climbing (8-10 hrs) All ability levels.

Experience Outdoor Total Adventure ClimbingIf you are looking for a big adventure, here it is! Plan to spend nearly the whole day on the rock in a multi-pitch setting, high above the forest canopy. Our area is blessed with rock formations that at times exceed 1000 vertical feet. On a full day multi-pitch climb, we ascend an average of 3-5 pitches, or 250-400 feet, but could be up for more if you are! Our guides have the experience to lead you through the excitement of Multi-pitch climbing. Due to the varying difficulty of climbing routes, climbers without much outdoor experience can also enjoy multi-pitch climbs that are of a difficulty suitable for beginners.

$250 plus $75 per person additional (3 people max). Includes all necessary equipment

Corporate and Group Programs (6-8 hrs) All ability levels.

Group pricing is based on total group size and client to guide ratios. Due to group size restrictions (set by forest service) we may have to separate the group into two different activity sites. (Rock shoe rentals are $6.00/pair per day for groups)

Client to Guide Ratio:
4 to 1: $340.00
4 to 2: $500.00
5 to 1: $375.00
5 to 2: $600.00
6 to 1: $390.00
6 to 2: $700.00
8 to 12 participants is $50 to $70 per person (depending on guide usage and type of program).

Private Instructional Climbing (8-11 hrs)

Looking to learn how to set up top rope anchors, break into lead climbing, increase your safety, become more efficient in multi-pitch climbing, or improve your existing skills? ClimbMax Mountain Guides offer private instruction for those who want to learn specific techniques related to the skills or movement of climbing. This is our most popular option for climbers who are working towards getting out and climbing on their own. We also offer Instructional Courses such as our Gym to Crag program, but if you have more specific skills in mind, private instruction is the way to go.

$250 plus $75 per person additional. Note: see our Instructional Courses, such as the Gym to Crag course 

Climbing Wall Instructor Certification Program

certified climbing wall instructor climbing an ice wallProvided in co-operation with American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA)

June 4th – 6th  2016 in Woodruff Wisconsin

hosted by Camp Timberlane for Boys (overnight accommodations available)
Cost: $300

The Climbing Wall Instructor Program (CWI) was designed in co-operation with the AMGA and the Climbing Wall Association to offer a consistent level of education and training for those individuals that work professionally in an artificial climbing wall environment. Participants who successfully complete this course will receive a three year CWI certification.

 

Click HERE to register or register online through the AMGA website
Provided by our own Climbmax Mountain Guide and Certified Instructor Stuart M. Cowles

  • AMGA Certified Climbing Wall Instructor
  • AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
  • WMI Wilderness First Responder First Aid Training
  • AMGA Alpine Training
  • AIARE Avalanche Training

Ice Climbing (8-10 hrs) All Ability levels.

When conditions are right, our region offers world class ice climbing. Join CMG to learn proper crampon and ice axe usage while climbing vertical ice. Typically, ice climbing in North Carolina occurs on frozen waterfalls or water run offs. This program is suitable for beginners and experienced climbers alike.

$250 plus $75 per person

Gym to Crag 

(a 2.5 day Instructional lead climbing course, must have some experience climbing outside)

Gym To Crag Course Flyer$300 per person for 2.5 days of instruction.

We are currently working on a date for this course but if you are interested, we may be able to do it at anytime.

ClimbMax Mountain Guides’ “Gym to Crag” program is unique to any guiding service in the Southeast. Our sister company, ClimbMax Climbing Center, offers great indoor vertical walls in its downtown Asheville, NC facility. In the Gym to Crag Program, climbers will spend a half day in the gym, learning several skills in preparation for outdoor, traditional leading. Practicing and developing skills in a controlled setting gives the climber a greater ability to focus on learning hard skills needed to learn anchor placement and lead climbing. We will spend the day in the gym learning top anchor systems and the basics of leading a climb equipped with bolts as fall protection.

The second day will be a full day outside, learning top anchor building basics. Students will set up anchors that we will use for climbing throughout the day. The second part of the day will be focused on traditional gear placements including cams, nuts, and tri-cams. These devices are used to protect a leader’s potential fall. Learning to place them efficiently and properly is a lifelong learning process, but the goal of this course is to make you confident enough to trust your own placements. The final full day will continue to focus on traditional gear placements, with the culminating event being a “mock” traditional lead. Students will also learn to take controlled falls on gear placements to test their efficacy. Once the course is finished, you will have the necessary skills to begin leading traditional routes on your own.

Skill level: Must be able to top rope at least 5.7 and have a keen interest in learning the lead climb.

Day 1: Indoor Sport Leading 3-4 hours in the gym covering leading skills:
-Lead belay techniques
-Basic top anchor systems on fixed gear
-Clipping, extending, planned lines
-Lead fall planning and practice
-Proper cleaning and safe rappelling with back up systems (time depending)

Day 2: Anchor Building Basics: All day outdoors covering the following skills:
-Knots and belay systems for top roping
-Constructing natural anchors using cordelette or static line
-Evaluating fixed gear and equalizing fixed gear anchors
-Placing traditional gear, building a traditional gear anchor
-Hazard management and edge safety
-Run of the rope
-Climbing on top ropes
-Following and removing traditional gear placements
-Proper cleaning and safe rappelling with back up systems (time depending)

Day 3: Traditional Leading: Full day outside with a focus on traditional leading skills:
-Traditional gear placements
-Practice weighting gear on the ground
-Racking, traditional protection equipment needs
-Run of the rope
-Reading topos and route lines
-Reading the rock for protection
-Lead fall anticipation, mental preparation
-Anchors
-Mock lead

DAY HIKING OPPORTUNITIES

Woodland Stream During a Day HikeThe mountains surrounding Asheville are some of the oldest mountains in the world, The Craggie range, the Blacks, and the Smokys, and in our opinion, these are some of the most beautiful. From a distance the mountains look like rolling ridges that merge, endlessly into one-another. Upon a closer look, each mountain has its own uniqueness and beauty. From rolling trails that undulate with the terrain of the mountain to trails that ascend to the highest reaches of the clouds, Western North Carolina offers a wide spectrum of hiking and day hiking opportunities. Waterfalls, steep cliff lines, and wide open grassy meadows are just some of the neat things one might encounter.

Why choose a hiking guide?
As with any area that we may not be familiar with, finding a local who is knowledgeable about the lay of the land and the features of the region that make that particular place special, is a valuable resource. Our guides take pride in the fact that they live in these mountains and each has a special way of sharing that love.

Mountain Hiking Guides

  • provide a strong knowledge of the region they work in
  • are familiar with the area’s weather patterns
  • are knowledgeable in the history and plant life of the region
  • have a large repertoire of trails to choose from and are knowledgeable with each in terms of difficulty, length, and time
  • can help manage time, heart-rate, and energy levels which will lead to a more enjoyable hike
  • Are highly trained in wilderness first aid
  • Can plan every aspect of a journey
  • Are familiar with bear protocol and prevention

Rates: $175 plus $50 per person additional, 6-8 hours

BACKPACKING ADVENTURES

Woodland Trail During a Backpacking AdventureBabbling brooks, stunning views, and old growth forest are just some of the treats one may experience when traveling deeper into the woods of the Appalachia. The layers of rich green scenery, and the hundreds of rich colors of the fall foliage are like the oil paints of an artist’s pallet. Sometimes the best way to experience the full beauty of these old mountains is to strap on a backpack and travel deep enough to require an overnight stay. Whether one chooses an overnight journey or one of longer duration a backpacker can have the chance to experience the various delights of the changing day. Morning light on a distant peak, mid-day sun on a ice-cold brook, or the evening twilight shimmering through the smoke of a campfire, these are all pleasures one could experience from an overnight journey.

Our guides will work with each client to educate them in the proper fit of a backpack an share hints to make the steps flow easily.  All guides are trained in ‘Leave No Trace’ ethics and will share these skills in a manner that will encourage all participants to truly recognize their impact and their role in preserving the environment. More than just words, these concepts can be learned and practiced daily and the results are ever present.

ClimbMax Mountain Guides can provide as much or as little equipment as may be needed for an overnight journey. We will work closely with the client to form a meal plan and choose a route that meets their specific desires. Planning, routes, checking equipment list, and providing pre-tip fitness plans are things our guides specialize in. So, whether, a seasoned hiker in a new land, or a novice outdoor adventurer, choosing a qualified guide to help you plan and prepare for your journey will surely be an educational and valuable experience.

FITNESS HIKING 

Blue Ridge Horizon During a Fitness HikeWant to break a sweat?
Hiking is an excellent workout and a wonderful way to experience the mountains. ClimbMax Mountain Guides will work with each client and group to determine the best trail and the appropriate pace to meet the client’s need. The hiking guide will work closely with the client to help to monitor and achieve various heart-rate and fitness goals. Hiking with trekking poles, in true European or Swedish style adds a higher degree of exertion and will quickly move one’s heart-rate to a higher level. Our guides will educate the client to the proper usage of trekking poles and will help incorporate them into a fitness hike.  Being a trained and seasoned mountain guides requires a certain level of fitness. Hiking is one of the best ways to maintain that high level.

Some clients seek day-hiking as a means to get in a great workout while enjoying nature.
Our guides can manipulate the pace and terrain choice to meet any desired level of challenge.  Walking by the creeks, hiking up a mountain ridge, or traversing over a grassy bald, hiking in the southern Appalachian mountains is a treat, any time of year.

Rates: $175 plus $50 per person additional.

DESTINATION TRIPS

Choosing a Destination can be as easy as closing your eyes and dreaming Think of exotic lands, interesting people, remote wilderness areas, and alpine peaks. ClimbMax Mountain Guides can make your Dreams come true.

South American Adventures

Whether you are looking for high altitude hiking and fitness hiking or a technical mountain climbing experience, South America has a plethora of opportunities that await the adventurer. Plan a trip from seven days to several weeks. We recommend Ecuador as a prime destination, with easy access to snow covered volcanoes and the convenience of a metropolitan city, it can’t be beat. Climbs can include moderate to strenuous hikes to elevations well over 3800 meters (12467 feet) or glaciated summit bids to the top of Chimborazo, a 6300 meters (21981 feet) peak considered the closest place on the Earth to the Sun. Any climb will undoubtedly leave you with lifelong memories.

Where Do You Want To Go?
Our experienced guides are qualified to plan and lead trips to anywhere on the planet. So our question to you is, “Where do you want to go?”

Stuart Cowles is the founder and creator of ClimbMax Mountain Guides. 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.

Cowles has certification & 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 Training
  • AIARE Avalanche Training

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January 27, 2017, 5:00pm - January 27, 2017, 10:00pm

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Warrior's Way; Falling & Commitment

January 27, 2017, 5:00pm - January 27, 2017, 10:00pm

A workshop offered by Arno Ilgner and Jon Richard. "This training addresses falling directly to help improve commitment. We do progressive falling practice, followed by movement, breathing, resting, and body/mind awareness exercises. Finally, students apply everything to a goal route. Students leave understanding how to take appropriate risks and how to commit to those risks." You’ll learn how to: Fall safely Give a dynamic (cushioned) belay Break a climb into smaller risk events Assess risks effectively Distinguish between no- and yes-fall zones Engage no- and yes-fall zones appropriately Make appropriate risk decisions Improve body and mind awareness Rest effectively Improve breathing Create flow and momentum Deal with climbing stress Commit more deliberately Reduce fear, and more – Pre-requisites: Able to toprope 5.8 in a gym with no falls Climb indoors/outdoors at least 1-2 times per week At least 6 months of continuous climbing experience within the last year If climbers want to practice Lead exercises they must be lead certified through the gym before the day of the event. $99 for gym members/ $119 for non-members. Maximum of 8 participants. Pre-registration is required. Call 828-505-4446 for more information.

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