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Does Thrifty Adventures supply gear for trips?

We supply all technical gear

Are meals included during trips?

Thrifty Adventures does not provide meals for all trips. Some of our trips will include breakfast and dinner, this information will be listed in the event posting. We also offer our Spider Lily Paddle and BBQ.

How much is private guiding?

Our prices vary from area to area. View our prices on our privately guided climbing trips page.

Do I have to be in good shape to go on a trip?

We recommend that our clients be confident in completing the tasks necessary for the trip of their choice. For backpacking trips it is recommended that an individual has either already completed the distance per day with at least a 35 pound pack or has covered one and a half times the distance without weight.

Please thoroughly read event write ups for specific details about approaches. Some locations have more strenuous approaches to event sites than others. You can also refer to the State Parks website for specific park information.

Can I bring my pet on a trip?

No, sorry! We would bring our best bud but he really hinders where we can go and what we can climb. Pets also tend to be a distraction.

What do I bring with me on a trip?

When you book a trip you should recieve a conformation email. That email will have all the details you need in it including what to bring, directions, approach details, guide contact etc. If you have any other questions please feel free to email us. Each trip is different in terms of gear, frequent weather changes requiring special clothing and gear selection. The 10 essentials are mandatory on ALL trips:

The 10 essentials:

  1. Navigation (map and compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter

Do you offer student, senior or outdoor club discounts?

We offer discounts on full price events for Military, Fire, Police, Health Care professionals and Educators. We also offer discounts to Scouts, Venture, Youth Groups, Camps and School Groups.

How old do you have to be to take a course or trip?

We are able to take children ages 5 and up Rock Climbing. Tubing and Boating ages vary per trip. Waterfall Rappelling is for ages 16 and up. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please email or call if you have an age question!

How can I get information on the parks where the trips are located?

After paying for a trip, course and/or expedition we'll send you a confirmation email with details about your day out with TA.

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Why are prices not listed for each event or course?

Prices vary for each of our trips. Prices are determined by location, client to guide ratios and course length. If you have questions please feel free to email or call!

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellation is required 14 days prior to your trip. Deposits are not refundable. We suggest getting trip insurance.
*No refund will be given to "no shows"*

What if there is bad weather the day of my event?

Weather can present very hazardous conditions in a wilderness setting. Thrifty Adventures will email you prior to your trip if inclement weather becomes an issue. We usually cancel if we have a 70% chance of bad weather. You will be able to reschedule at no charge. If you do not feel you would be able to reschedule in the event of a cancellation we suggest you get trip insurance. Rescheduling must be done with the guide/office via phone or email.

What is your privacy policy?

We respect your privacy! We hate spam too and will never share your personal information with anyone! EVER!!!!

Does TA offer refunds?

All sales are final unless otherwise discussed with Thrifty Adventures.

Can you recommend any resources to me?

Suggested readings:

  • "The Freedom of the Hills" by Steven M Cox
  • "Into Thin Air" by Jim Krachour
  • "The Rock Warriors Way: Mental Training for Climbers" by Arno Ilgner
  • "The Illustrated Guide to Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue" by Andy Tyson & Mike Clelland
  • "Extreme Alpinism" by Mark F. Twight and James Martin
  • "The Complete Guide To Rope Techniques" by Nigel Shepherd
  • "Rock Climbing Anchors" by Craig Leubben


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Thrifty Adventures,
12255 HWY 226A, 
Spruce Pine NC 28777
Email: thriftyadventures@gmail.com
Phone: (828) 260-4505
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