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Thrifty Adventure's goal

Our goal is to provide a safe environment for all who strive to test their limits and explore the world around them. Thrifty Adventures excels in creating fun and informative events. We feel it is important to not only offer people new experiences but to dig deeper and teach them about the preservation and history of these areas!


Meet the Guides


Scott and Christy Thrift

Our Story

Christy and I met in 2008 at a climbing gym, one week after she had returned from a medical mission in Africa. Her climbing partner had stumbled upon me while she was gone; after all, who wants to spend an extended amount of time off the mountain because you don't have a good partner to climb with! He introduced us and two years later we got engaged on Stone Mountain N.C. while she was hanging 80 ft off the side of the mountain!

We both have a passion for the outdoors and travel. Having understood that the best way to become successful is to follow one's passions; we decided to take all of the activities that made us so happy and provided us with so much personal growth and created Thrifty Adventures, a business that would allow us to share these experiences with others.

- Scott

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Why Choose Us?

While there are many guide services available, Thrifty Adventures realizes that not everyone can summit the highest mountains. We do provide more technical trips but our emphasis is to provide safe trips for anyone who wants to test their limits and explore the world around them.

Another consideration that sets Thrifty Adventures apart from others is that we pride ourselves on educating our clients. It is important for all of our participants to understand gear, knots, techniques, communication, and the importance of preserving these areas. We also take class sizes into consideration. We know that these types of guided wilderness experiences are pricey and each client deserves a little one on one time! Come join us and let us help you mark a few things off your bucket list! 

Thrifty Adventures is growing fast. In the future we will be offering a variety of boating trips, US and international travel. We are insured and certified.


Meet the Guides



Thrifty Adventures is an insured company. We have permits in various state parks and Pisgah National Forest. Our guides hold various certifications including:
  • PCGI Certified Single Pitch Instructor
  • PCGI Certified Top Rope Guide
  • Hiking Guide from the Professional Hiking Guide Association
  • Merit Badge Counselors for the BSA
  • NC Mountain Rescue Alpine Specialist Operations (MSAR-8) Training
  • American Mountain Guide Association - Single Pitch Instructor
  • American Mountain Guide Association - Climbing Wall Instructor
  • ACCT Challenge Course Level 1 Facilitator
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Leave No Trace Master Educator
  • CPR and First Aid
  • EMT
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Girl and Boy Scout approved

Thrifty Adventures,
1173 Whitson Branch Rd.
Bakersville NC 28705
Email: thriftyadventures@gmail.com
Phone: (828) 260-4505
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