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NC Outdoor Adventure's goal

"Our goal is to offer a trip for any adventurer, whatever your interest or abilities are. We employ the industry’s most passionate, and competent certified guides, and we offer each guest a new feeling of excitement, confidence, and awareness" - Scott and Christy Thrift


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 NC Outdoor Adventures, a business that would allow us to share these experiences with others.

- Scott Thrift

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Why Choose Us?

Adventurers, Families, Couples, and Friends

You are the foundation of our company, and the reason we come to work every day. Choosing us is simple:

  • More trip options than any other NC adventure guide company. We offer over over 21 different trips including; tubing, rafting, climbing, rappelling, waterfall rappelling, hiking, camping, youth programs, and wild edible plant walkabouts.
  • Competitively priced adventure packages that allow you to sample multiple activities
  • Charismatic staff who are both fun, safe and well trained

Large Groups

NC Outdoor Adventures is the best guide company in the region for large group outings. Our small company size allows us to cater trips to your group needs, while providing the most competitive rates in the region.

  • The most flexible course packaging and price structure of any NC guide service
  • Catered "boutique style" adventure packages perfect for family reunions, birthday, bachelor and bachelorette parties
  • Experienced staff to help with your logistical needs from day one


Our mission is to offer comprehensive yet simple instruction that instills confidence and self-reliance into every climber we work with. Our education philosophy revolves around teaching three concepts, Actions (Belay, ascend, descend), Tools (transition techniques, rescue techniques, lead techniques), and Applications (terrain, experience, and environmental considerations) through three simple questions: “what to do”, “how to do it” and “when to do it”. Our guides are professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and passionate about providing services to their community; and, through our work we support climbing access by donating 5% of our profits every year to the Carolina Climbers Coalition.

We offer:

  • The best student to instructor ratio in North Carolina; a ratio of 4:1
  • Comprehensive yet simple to understand instruction
  • The most competitively priced courses with the best paid guides in the industry
  • Continued support to all course alumni

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