North Georgia Mountain Climbing: Your 101 Guide & Where To Go

Posted by Tom Telford on Tue, Jul 26, 2011

Heading to the North Georgia Appalachians for some exhilarating, spell-binding views as you mountain climb?

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Photo by Walther Luecker on Unsplash

Well, it's one of the prettiest places for climbing, to be sure. And there are plenty of other great outdoor activities nearby, like horseback riding, fishing, golfing, and boating

Mountain Climbing Tips

But, if mountain climbing is your thing, make sure you pack the following into your backpack for your climbing/hiking expedition:

  • Good climbing shoes & climbing gear
  • Plenty of water - it's a great idea to take some type of water treatment, too, just in case you run out of the bottled stuff
  • Lightweight, portable snacks, like jerky, trail mix and granola bars
  • Flashlight (in case you're not quite back on the ground when you start losing the light, and also so you can be found more easily, if need be
  • Your cell phone (For emergency use only - best not to get distracted chatting or texting while taking on a mountain!)
  • First Aid kit
  • Rope
  • Your keys
  • A sweater, sweatshirt or jacket in case the temperature drops
  • Gloves

Common sense dictates you never take on mountain climbing alone - always go with at least one partner. It's advisable you go with an experienced climber, rather than two novices on their own, the first time out. Pace yourself, stop to enjoy the beautiful vistas, and if it's cool when you start out, dress in layers. You'll want to have left room in your backpack to stow these, if you get too hot, or if it's warm when you start out, they'll need to fit in there to begin with.

That covers some basic preparedness for a good day of mountain climbing, or "GA Rentals Mountain Climbing 101."  Pace yourself, stop to enjoy the beautiful vistas, and stay focused as you test whether each foothold and handhold will support you properly. Roots, rocks and dirt give way easily....move slowly and sure-footedly, taking your time and always paying close attention to the task at hand.

These basic tips will get you going - it's highly suggested you do some more research and perhaps talk to some friends with climbing experience under their belt, as they'll doubtless have great advice. 

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Where To Go Mountain Climbing In & Around, Helen Georgia

If mountain climbing around North Georgia is just right for you, here are several places to consider tackling as part of your adventure.

Rock Town

Comprised of several acres of sandstone boulders on North Georgia’s Cumberland Plateau, Rock Town is part of the Crockford Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area just a few miles from Lafayette, Georgia.  The large sandstone boulders have great handholds and present a challenge for climbers of all levels.

Lost Wall

Lost Wall on Pigeon Mountain is a popular site for those seeking the experience of Mountain Climbing in North Georgia.  The sixty to eighty foot high rock face presents challenges to the more initiated climbers, including spire-like pinnacles, protruding overhangs, and pockets and jugs which are easy to hold features.

Mount Yonah

Yonah means bear in Cherokee and Mount Yonah in the Chattahoochee National Forest is a popular training ground for climbers.  The granite cliff on the mountain’s south side offers good climbs for beginners.  The 5th Ranger Training Battalion, Ranger Training Brigade of the U.S. Army goes to Yonah Mountain to conduct the Mountain Phase of its Ranger Training School.  Cables remain in portions of the cliff’s face to make setting rope anchors more convenient while scaling two hundred feet above the mountain’s base.

Curahee Mountain

The name is derived from a Cherokee word meaning “stand-alone, and the 1,735 foot summit of Curahee Mountain is a prominent landmark near Toccoa, Georgia in Stephens County.  It offers great opportunities for mountain climbing in North Georgia with top-roping - where rope anchors are preset - and exposed lead climbing.

Tallulah Gorge State Park

Tallulah Gorge is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia and when it comes to mountain climbing in North Georgia offers experienced climbers an opportunity to tackle one of the most difficult climbs in the state in the form of its Main Wall on the north rim of the gorge.

Other Challenges

  • Zahnd near Lafayette offers interesting rock formations and challenging climbs.
  • Boat Rock near Atlanta offers opportunities for slab and balance climbing.
  • Little Kennesaw Mountain, Morgan Falls, Blood Mountain Boulders and Shaking Rock Park all offer opportunities for mountain climbing in North Georgia.

Climb Resting In A Cabin Rental

While there is a number of great Georgia Cabin Rentals where you can hang your hat and relax at the end of a fun-filled day of activity, we think Cedar Creek Cabin Rentals is your best option (we're a little biased).

As any experienced mountain climbing enthusiast will attest, it makes your "roughing it" adventure that much more enjoyable to know that once you get back down to earth, you have all the comforts and conveniences to which to look forward. There's nothing like the feeling of knowing you will get a great night's sleep upon returning to your cabin.

Some of the advantages of your cabin rental include amenities like high-def TV; high-speed internet; soothing, relaxing hot tubs, and natural beauty as far as the eye can see. Enjoy! Click here to here to view our cabin rental options.

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