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Pilot Mountain, North Carolina is a great all around single pitch climbing crag known for its iconic Big Pinnacle and Little Pinnacle. The variety of terrain makes Pilot Mountain an excellent destination for climbers of all skill levels. Because of the area’s abundance of easier routes, it’s the perfect place to make the transition from indoor to outdoor climbing. This day of climbing is yours to customize. Be sure to let your guide know if you have specific objectives in mind or want to focus on certain techniques. Partner with your and create your ideal day on the crag.
Miles of trails, camping, climbing and spectacular scenery
Rises more than 2,000 feet in elevation
The variety of terrain makes it an excellent classroom for climbers of all levels
Explore Pilot Mountain’s quartzite cliffs and enjoy climbing routes ranging from 5.6 to 5.13a. There are truly options for everyone, whether you want to learn basic skills and techniques or build up on your knowledge on the more challenging routes. Your expert and friendly guide will tailor the day according to your needs while taking care of your safety, ensuring a day of fun on the rocks!
I was looking for a day of trad gear placement and anchor setting, to see where I need work before leading trad climbs on my own. My guide, Dylan Walton, had exactly the background I needed and had a great way of showing me and teaching as we worked a couple of easy climbs. Will come back for more. Definitely worthwhile!
We hired BRMG to teach us top rope anchoring techniques at Pilot Mountain. Our climbing guide Grant Price exceeded our expectations. Grant is a super talented teacher and has given us the required knowledge that we desired to begin our outside climbing journey. We will definitely work with BRMG in the future and specifically request Grant as our guide and teacher. Climb on!
I’m a newbie to rock climbing. Grant at Blue Ridge did an excellent job showing me the ropes and getting me to climb beyond my expectations. He’s passionate about rock climbing and an excellent instructor with the patience to walk a newbie through everything that you need to know about climbing. Have been out there with him twice already and look forward to more excursions.
I had a really fun two days learning to build different anchors, clean, rappel and generally have fun climbing. Our guide Dakota was fantastic and emphasized a critical thought process behind analyzing situations beyond just memorizing information. I went with my dad and even though we climb at different levels we were both able to do challenging routes. I would recommend Blue Ridge Mountain Guides to anyone wanting to start venturing outside from the gym!
We highly recommend for any climbing guide needs. This was our 2nd trip climbing with BRMG and can’t say enough good about our experiences.
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in North Carolina, please refer to the North Carolina Official Webpage.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get in this adventure:
What’s not included:
If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.
Pilot Mountain has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!
For intermediate to advanced climbers, Pilot Mountain has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.
All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:
Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and prices:
Min. age requirements:
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
To get to the Pilot Mountain, most people fly into Charlotte Douglas International Airport or Raleigh-Durham International Airport, both about 2 hours away. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service to Winston-Salem which is half an hour away from the climbing site.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet. The exact climbing spot will be discussed after the booking. Guides determine exact locations after considering the skill level of the group and factors such as crag traffic and weather.