Southern Appalachian Section

Drive down the spine of the Southern Appalachians and discover a life time of climbing challenge. Start in West Virginia and the pump of Seneca Rocks. Head south to the AAC campground at the New and tackle the 1600 sport and trad routes around the New River Gorge. Slip down the Blue Ridge into North Carolina for Stone Mountain's friction. Try the wilderness experience of Linville Gorge, the grade V aid lines at Looking Glass and the technical face, splitter cracks and superb bouldering of Rumbling Bald. Come back in the winter to chase our ephemeral southern ice!


Meet Your Section Chair:

Danny McCracken is the Section Chair for the Southern Appalachian Section. He lives in Cary, NC and is the proud grandfather of two girls.  Nearly twenty years ago Danny started to learn how to climb following the NC Trad Ethic. He has gone on to do Alpine climbing in the Alps, Cascades, and Tetons. Danny is an AMGA SPI. He has added ice climbing to his skills in the last few years. Recently Danny stopped saying Sport Climbing is neither and learn to embrace clipping bolts. He is a Project Management Professional and a Wilderness First Aid Instructor when he can’t get out to go climbing.

Banner photo: AAC member Karsten Delap