Walking along shopping street (Wall Street) in Asheville downtown I surprisingly saw an outdoor climbing wall. A young climber who tried to reach a top of the wall had many supporters and just watchers down. They applaused when he finally succeded. I got to know that it was a competiotion for advanced climbers run by ClimbMax Climbing Center. The rope climbing with no staff assistance cost $12.5 and less for members of the Center.
After all that amount of great food I was lucky to eat in Virginia I would probably never reach the top of this wall. But if you want to try rope climbing with no staff assistance keep in mind that you must first pass belay test by ClimbMax staff available by appointment only ($17).
Pay attention to the clock tower adjacent to the buiding to which the climbing wall is fixed which is good orientation point (picture 5 and 4).
Equipment: Climbing shoes recommended. A rope and other necessary equipment is guaranteed by ClimbMax Climbing Center.
To deal with the complaints about children skateboarding on city streets, local businesses built a skate park. The skate park was well-used when I was there, but kids still were doing it on the sidewalks in town.
Equipment: A skateboard, some knee pads, and a helmet.
There are lots of places to go white water rafting in the greater Asheville area. You can stop at the tourist office in downtown or just up the parkway from downtown and get all the information you need to hit the rapids.