Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is one of the more popular activities at High Rocks and offers unique opportunities for personal growth (as well as unrivalled vistas). Campers begin their progression of skills by learning about the basic knots, equipment, and safety procedures associated with climbing.  After mastering the fundamentals, campers are coached on their climbing technique on our 52-foot outdoor climbing tower.  All rock climbing camp activities take place under the supervision of our experienced climbing staff.

While our tower and bouldering cave provide opportunities for rock climbing in main camp, we are fortunate enough to have a place for beginners to experience real rock at a collection of boulders called the High Rocks, located just a few minutes hike away on neighboring Rich Mountain. As their skills progress, campers have the opportunity to climb at Looking Glass Rock in nearby Pisgah National Forest and many other climbing areas in not only Western North Carolina, but throughout the Southeast. Through our trips and in-camp lessons, the climbing program fosters personal growth by creating a supportive environment in which campers can overcome the mental and physical challenges associated with rock climbing.

Are We a Rock Climbing Camp?

High Rocks is much more than a rock climbing camp, mountain biking camp or Canoeing camp. High Rocks is a traditional summer camp with an extensive array of activities, including rock climbing.

Operations on National Forest System Lands are authorized under Special Use Permit by the Pisgah National Forest.

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Chris Dorrity
~ Area Director ~

"The key to being a good rock climber is just to be someone who's responsible, has a great attitude, and is patient. Physical skills are all really secondary to all that."