Top three reasons to go rock climbing in Stone Mountain
Some of the finest and most exposed friction climbing around
Low angle nature of the terrain is great for climbers of all abilities
Features a 600-foot tall famous granite boulder
Stone Mountain, NC, stands out as a centerpiece of its namesake state park and also some of the best climbing in the East. You’ll find a jaw-dropping 600-foot granite dome featuring 100-foot pitches up slabs and cracks, all at a welcoming low angle. While the majority of climbs are on the easier side, Stone Mountain is the perfect venue for developing footwork, balance and refining techniques. Your guide can show you the (literal) ropes allowing you to move through nearly featureless but challenging 40-feet run-outs. Once you get familiar with Stone Mountain, you’ll keep coming back for more!
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
A Customized Day of Climbing with a Private Guide
Take your first steps towards a life-long passion for climbing. Regardless of your level, refresh skills and learn how to move more efficiently. Your day of private guided climbing on Stone Mountain is whatever you want to make it! Work with your guide to determine your objectives, then take them on one by one.
Gym to Crag Transition Class
If the gym doesn’t cut it for you anymore, it’s time to bag your first summit. Look no further than Stone Mountain’s welcoming low angles. Over the two days, you’ll go over the fundamentals and try out your first discipline of outdoor climbing. Select between top-rope, sport, trad or multi-pitch climbing!
Learn to Lead Course
Build upon your existing climbing experiences and up your game with this two or three-day course. If you’re looking to lead a trad route, you’ll learn how to find the perfect route, proper gear placement and efficient rope management. Plus, gain confidence with clipping, anchor rigging, belaying and falling.
Safety Skills and Self Rescue Clinic
This course proves prevention outweighs the cure. You’ll learn AMGA rescue skills to prepare you for safety on the rock. You’ll be tested in mock scenarios to make it safely to the ground. You need at least one year of outdoor climbing experience in multi-pitch terrain or as a lead.
Meet your guide
Blue Ridge Mountain Guides
Excellent instruction! Grant was extremely knowledgeable and professional. He tailored out day to cover exactly what we wanted. Also, strong focus on safety.
Ben was an excellent guide and instructor! He made my rock climbing excursion a very memorable and pleasant experience! I highly recommend using BRMG.
Top Notch Instruction. Our instructor was on track, concise, detailed, and his pace of instruction was just what I needed.This is TON of information to cover in a few days, and weather wasn’t really our friend. He kept us right on schedule and I came away learning a lot. I feel confident that with practice I will be prepared for the assessment. Highly recommend BRMG for guiding and instruction.
Things to know
Covid measures in Stone Mountain
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 Stone Mountain, NC, please refer to the North Carolina official website.
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 package:
- An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- 4-8 hours of rock climbing each day (depending on your chosen itinerary)
- All technical climbing gear
What’s not included:
- Food and snacks
How fit do I need to be?
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.
What if I’ve never climbed before?
Stone 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, Stone 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.
What about required equipment?
All technical climbing equipment can be provided by your guiding service on a first come first serve basis. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:
- Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
- Rock shoes
- Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
Here’s a list of the equipment you should bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
- Water bottle
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camera — optional
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 age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- Group sizes are usually between 1–3 people with one guide, but you can also go with a larger group with 2 guides.
- Cost per person will decrease as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
- Cost per person does not decrease as your group grows for the Safety Skills and Self Rescue Clinic.
- Climbing days can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Stone Mountain, most people fly into Piedmont Triad International Airport, just over 90 minutes away. From there, you can take a cab or shuttle to Stone Mountain.
You will meet your guide at the climbing area’s parking lots. The exact climbing spot will be discussed after the booking as guides make that decision after considering the skill level of the group and factors such as crag traffic and weather.