Rock Climbing Director

This is way more than a rock climbing job!  You could find yourself helping a camper learn how to belay, climb up steep granite, or even rappel for the first time. Climbing at High Rocks is one of the best youth programs in the southeast. We typically hold a staff of about 8-10 ranging from gym climbers to AMGA Rock Guides. Not only do the campers learn a lot, but the staff do too. Many of our staff come back year after year obtaining new skills, certifications, and leadership roles.

All of our campers begin on our 52-foot climbing wall for safety commands and drills, then it’s off to the forest for some great local granite including Looking Glass Rock, Cedar Rock, and Pilot Rock. We even travel to climb sites in nearby states, and other regional areas to take on new challenges.  We have some nice bouldering on the property and our own bouldering cave for continuous training.

Check out our Rock Climbing Activity Video to get a better idea about our program.


Camp High Rocks, a private boys camp in Western North Carolina, has a director opening for it’s summer rock climbing program.  Director must be experienced in teaching rock climbing, managing staff, backcountry practices, and related skills. We run an intensive program that requires traditional lead climbing experience and prior program experience leading trips.  Our program runs about 6 trips a week, typically day trips but they can be up to three days long. Areas we use include Looking Glass, Cedar Rock, Table Rock, Pilot Rock, Stone Mountain (NC), Moore’s Wall, and the New River Gorge. Climbing experience on these rocks is preferred.

Responsibilities: Lead, train, and model a safe climbing program with a focus on skill building and enjoyment.  Oversee a group of 7-8 staff.  Schedule and organize outgoing trips and lesson plans.  Instruct climbing at our outdoor climbing tower, our bouldering cave, and our climbing areas near camp. Lead backpacking/climbing trips up to three days in length.

Qualifications: At least 21 years of age, traditional lead climbing experience and prior program leadership experience. AMGA and Wilderness First Responder certifications required, training can be offered for the right candidate.

Benefits: From $320-$500 per week for the nine week season and one week of orientation, depending on experience and qualifications. Training available in late May. Includes room, board, and free laundry facilities; staff lounge and wireless internet available; extensive professional discounts; an incredible location with over 1000 acres of wilderness; adjacent to Dupont State Forest, and a 15 minute drive to Pisgah National Forest.

Dates: May 28 – August 10, 2019

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