Tips for Your Rock Climbing and Rappelling Adventure

Many of the people decide to try rock climbing after spending an enjoyable day or two of whitewater rafting. “Rock Climbing and Rappelling is one of the safest extreme sports,” says Jake Barrow.

Good To Know Before You Go: Jake’s Tips

  1. Entry level course teaching proper climbing and rappelling technique and overall respect for the mountain environment.
  1. With over 30 years of experience, the Edge of the World guides are trained in proper rock climbing and rappelling techniques.
  1. No experience necessary and Edge of the World provides the harnesses, climbing shoes, helmets, ropes, hardware and a home-cooked lunch.  
  1. Climb offers breath taking views of Grandfather Mountain and the Wilson Creek Wilderness Area.
  1. You don’t need a lot of arm strength to climb.  It’s mostly technique and you use your legs and feet more than your arms.
  1. A great way to overcome your fear of heights.  Since you are focusing on where to put your feet and hands, you don’t think about what’s below you.
  1. We use a redundant system which means that we use two anchors and you will be belayed (secured) from the top and bottom by Edge of the World guides.


Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina

The view from the top of your climb is of Grandfather Mountain. “Grandfather Mountain, one of the highest peaks in the Blue Ridge Mountain range (elevation 5,946 ft), is 70 miles from Asheville, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Grandfather Mountain offers rugged terrain and beautiful vistas from its rocky summit. Grandfather Mountain is also a globally recognized nature preserve. “

Highest point

Elevation 5,946 ft (1,812 m)

Prominence 2,444 ft (745 m)

Coordinates 36°06′40″N 81°48′41″W


Location Avery / Caldwell / Watauga counties, North Carolina

Parent range Blue Ridge Mountains


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