Weekend Pick: Chimney Challenge at Chimney Rock, N.C.

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There’s a new rock climbing event in town. The first ever Chimney Challenge is taking place this Saturday, November 9th from 11am-3pm in Chimney Rock, North Carolina. Hosted by the Fox Mountain Guides, the event will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County.

All equipment is provided and no experience is necessary. There will be options for both beginner and advanced climbers. If you are just starting out, you can participate in a number of guided climbs or rappels. For the more experienced climber, you can go for a big thrill and test your skills on two difficult routes up the iconic Chimney. Whichever you choose, the cost is $20 (plus park admission) per person.

If you’re looking for the ultimate rappel, you can go 200 feet down the side of Chimney Rock. Please know that due to its technical nature, this particular rappel is limited to experienced climbers only and costs $50.

There will also be community partners offering climbing and safety education near Cliff Dwellers Gifts in the top parking lot. A representative from Carolina Climbers Coalition will talk about their mission to preserve the natural environment, promote safe climbing practices, and expand climbing access in the Carolinas. North Carolina State Parks will also present information on recreational climbing in Hickory Nut Gorge while protecting the environment’s ecology, such as geology, endangered plants, and animals.

If the thought of heights terrifies you, come and be a spectator. It’s sure to be an entertaining way to spend the afternoon!

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