Contrary to what one might assume, rock climbing is not the opposite of rock tumbling, though it is still inadvisable to enjoy both activities concurrently. Learn to tumble upward with today's Groupon: for $65, you get a full-day Intro to Rock Climbing course at Appalachian Mountain Institute in Pisgah Forest (a $135 value).
The experienced and certified guides at Appalachian Mountain Institute escort droves of adventurous hikers through scenic rock-climbing trips. Pupils in the Intro to Rock Climbing course convene at the Looking Glass Outfitting shop at 8 a.m., where their faithful leaders will outfit them with the appropriate gear to attack Mother Nature with the agility and dexterity of a flame-juggling mountain goat. After becoming thoroughly acquainted with their gear, climbers absorb fundamental rock-grappling skills, including belay management, safety and protection, as well as ascending and descending. From there, mountaineers can careen and glide across the rock as they become familiar with the feel of the ropes and the temperament of ticklish handholds. Although Appalachian Mountain Institute dresses climbing feet in the appropriate footwear, students should don weather-appropriate clothing and bring close-toed shoes for hiking on land. Adventures halt at 3 p.m., so climbers should also tout enough water for the day and a lunch to ward off hunger pangs and ravenous comrades.
Appalachian Mountain Institute
More than 500 feet in the air, a climber pauses atop Looking Glass Rock, taking in the scenic views of North Carolina that stretch for miles in every direction. The AMGA-certified guides at Appalachian Mountain Institute aim to help climbers reach these elevated vantage points. Their guided trips range from beginner lessons to more advanced multipitch climbing, which exercises techniques that can be used to scale the peaks of Table Rock. As winter brings colder weather and more embarrassing pajamas, ice climbing beckons groups to tackle vertical flows of ice.
AMI also sponsors the Adventure for Kids Program, an outreach initiative designed to take local kids climbing. Additionally, they lead camps for teenagers and retreats that fuse climbing with yoga.:m]]
69 Hendersonville Hwy.
Pisgah Forest, North Carolina 28768