There will never be enough chalk to prepare you for the abundance of climbing and bouldering in Western North Carolina. Looking Glass in Pisgah National Forest is the quintessential climbing destination in the Southeast. This granite dome features multi-pitch trad routes with huge exposure, including The Nose, a four-pitch classic.
Also in Pisgah, the more secluded John Rock offers mellow slab routes (and the occasional 5.12!) with equally stunning views.
The adventure seeker will find trad, top rope, multi pitch, and even bouldering on the low angle quartzite of the revered Linville Gorge. Boulderers from across the country travel to Rumbling Bald, just 25 miles outside of Asheville, to tick off a few of the 882 documented problems and even tackle some first ascents. On a rainy day, Climbmax indoor rock gym is a popular spot to train, climb, and socialize.
Events: Triple Crown Rumbling Bald Bouldering Comp
Organizations: Carolina Climbers’ Association
Retailers: Black Dome Mountain Sports,Diamond Brand Outdoors