"Run, do not walk, to Thrifty Adventures"
My wife and I met up with two other people at Pilot Mountain. The others did rock climbing while we rappelled for the first time. The staff was very patient in explaining how the rigging worked and making us comfortable. It felt more like hanging out with family and friends rather than hiring a guide/instructor. The cost is very reasonable, especially compared to the competition.
Awesome time with group of 14 people Rappelling at Crowders Mountain. Thrifty Adventures group was friendly, ensured safety first, encouraging, helpful, wonderful group who taught us how to rappel for the first time! It was awesome! I felt safe, as they explained and taught us things we as beginners needed to know! They ensured triple safety, two ropes, triple linked in, person on top holding/coaching you as well as person on the bottom to help take you off the lines. They were organized and kind! I'd encourage you to take a trip with Christi and Scott to Rappel! They offer waterfall rappelling, rock climbing, canyoneering, ice climbing, kayak, and more! Excellent price to boot. One of the only groups licensed and insured as I searched...local to Concord, NC! I'd advise everyone to take a rappelling adventure! I got to do it 4 times on different lengths at the top of Crowders. 1/2 day adventure was the BEST for us :-)
I've done multiple adventures thru T.A. - Intro To Rock Climbing, Top Rope Anchors, Crevasse Rescue and the list goes on.... I've always enjoyed my experience with T.A. and the guides they bring out. Everyone of the guides is experienced, credible in the community of outdoor adventures and can teach - which is a big deal. All of my experiences are from the standpoint of someone at a novice level to climbing and mountaineering. I've learned a great deal in a short time because of the talent brought out to teach. I will attend a few more events for sure with T.A. and I hope everyone else will too. I've met some really cool locals thru these events.
I was referred to Thrifty by a good friend and longtime climber last summer. It was my first time climbing ever (indoor or outdoor) and to say I was frightened was an understatement. The Thrift's soon had me feeling at ease in the harness and quite addicted to the adrenaline rush. They were more than fair in their pricing, they made me feel safe even as a first timer, and I would definitely use them again (and have). If you want real personalities, true passion for the sport, and someone who honestly enjoy sharing their love of the climb with others, you cannot go wrong with Thrifty. Good luck and great climbs! Daneen G
I have been on several trips with Thrifty Adventures and really enjoyed all of them. Scott is a great teacher and very patient. Gail M.