Red Rock Nevada, USA

 “Purple Haze” at the Stone Wall Second pullout 

Red Rocks is a climber’s paradise, offering a wide range of options for every type of climber. With fantastic bouldering, exciting sport climbing, and opportunities for trad climbing of any scale, there is something for everyone. While Red Rocks is popular during the winter months, it is a year-round destination for climbers who know how to navigate its diverse terrain.

Yosemite, California, USA

Leaning Tower, My First Big Wall

When you first visit the Valley with climbing in mind, it may appear a bit intimidating. However, regardless of the grade you climb, rest assured that the Valley has something to offer for everyone. With its diverse range of routes, stunning landscapes, and rich climbing history, you’ll find a mix of challenges and experiences that will leave you in awe. So, don’t let the initial intimidation deter you; embrace the adventure and discover the endless possibilities that await in the Valley. Happy climbing!

Lovers’ Leap, California, USA

Lovers Leap

This is undeniably the epitome of an exquisite moderate trad climbing haven in America! The ethereal charm of this destination surpasses all others, with routes that strike the perfect balance between thrill and pleasure. They are long enough to provide ample enjoyment, without imposing the gargantuan commitment that forces you to race against time. And let’s not forget the marvelously straightforward and refreshingly short approaches that await you. Prepare to embark on an unforgettable adventure in this sublime climbing paradise.

Donner Summit, California, USA

A Climber View of Donner Lake

Donner Summit, nestled near the scenic shores of Lake Tahoe, is the ideal summer climbing destination. Offering a variety of crags and routes suitable for climbers of all skill levels, it caters to both beginners and seasoned climbers alike. With its breathtaking views, polished slabs, and challenging vertical cracks, Donner Summit provides a diverse range of climbing experiences. Whether you enjoy the pump of overhanging sports routes or prefer the technicality of traditional climbing, this picturesque summit has something for everyone. From gentle beginner-friendly climbs to more demanding routes, Donner Summit is a haven for climbers seeking adventure and a chance to test their skills against the rugged beauty of Lake Tahoe’s surroundings.

Jackson Fall, Illinois, USA

Jackson Falls

Jackson Falls in Southern Illinois is a hidden gem for rock climbers. Situated amidst the picturesque trees, this climbing spot offers perfect sandstone crags that are sure to delight any enthusiast. Whether you’re into delicate slabs, dead vertical faces, or blood-pumping overhangs, you’ll find a variety of routes to challenge yourself. What sets Jackson Falls apart is its relative seclusion; except for long weekends, this climbing destination is rarely crowded. So, if you’re looking for a serene and diverse climbing experience, be sure to check out Jackson Falls in Southern Illinois.

Cathedral Ledges, New Hampshire, USA

Cathedral Ledges, North Conway

Cathedral Ledges in North Conway boasts a rich climbing heritage and offers a multitude of opportunities for enthusiasts. Nestled on the East Coast, this destination features pristine granite that is sure to impress both experienced climbers and newcomers alike. Whether you’re in search of spacious slabs or challenging cracks, Cathedral Ledges will not disappoint. Furthermore, the convenience of short approaches adds to the overall appeal, making Cathedral Ledges an ideal choice for adventure-seekers.

Whitesides Mountain, North Carolina, USA

Whitesides rock climbing in North Carolina offers a thrilling experience for adventure seekers. With its long routes and sparse gear, it provides a true test of skill and courage. Each trip to Whitesides promises excitement and the opportunity to push your limits. So, gear up and get ready to face the vertical challenges that await you in this rock climbing playground.

Tonsai Beach, Thailand

Tonsai Offers Family Beaches and Climbing Routes on Towers Straight from the Adriatic Sea

Located on the beautiful Tonsay Beach in Thailand, this paradise is a haven for rock climbing enthusiasts. With its impressive limestone formations, it offers some of the best climbing experiences in the world. But it’s not just about the climbing – this destination has so much more to offer. In addition to the long sustained routes, visitors can indulge in a variety of rest day activities. Take a break from the crags and explore the crystal-clear waters by snorkeling, or rejuvenate your body and mind with a not so relaxing Thai massage. If relaxation is what you seek, immerse yourself in the soothing hot springs nearby. And when it comes to food, you’re in for a treat. The local seafood is exceptional, the Thai cuisine is deliciously authentic, and you can wash it all down with refreshing and flavorful fresh fruit juices. So whether you’re hanging off a tufa or enjoying a tasty meal, this winter climbing destination is the perfect combination of adventure, relaxation, and culinary delight.

Batu Cave, Malaysia

Batu Cave is both a Tourist Destination and Religious Site.

Batu Cave, nestled in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, offers a captivating experience for climbers. With its elegant face climbing opportunities on mostly vertical limestone just minutes away from the car, this destination is a dream come true. The presence of bolted routes, stretching up to four pitches, ensures that climbers can stay occupied and challenged for years to come. What makes Batu Cave even more special is the international community that gathers here, fostering a melting pot of cultures and climbing styles. This vibrant mix of climbers from around the world has transformed Batu Cave into a compelling representation of the magic that unfolds when different climbing communities converge. Whether you seek adventure, camaraderie, or simply want to push your climbing skills to new heights, Batu Cave in Kuala Lumpur is the place to be.

Youngshou, China

Climbing in Youngshou, China is an experience that can only be described as breathtaking. Its stunning limestone formations create a picturesque backdrop that truly captivates climbers. But Youngshou is not just a haven for adventurous souls; it also holds cultural significance. In fact, it served as the inspiration for the design of the 20 yen bill, a testament to its beauty and allure. As you explore the area, you’ll not only encounter awe-inspiring landscapes but also encounter warm and inviting locals who further enhance the charm of this destination. During your rest days, you can immerse yourself in a range of activities, including bamboo rafting and engaging in authentic Chinese cooking classes. With its combination of natural wonders and cultural experiences, Youngshou is an exceptional destination that promises to leave a lasting impression.

Eldorado Canyon, Colorado, USA

Eldorado Canyon, a Loud but Proud Climbing Destination

Eldorado Canyon in Colorado, USA, offers an exceptional rock climbing experience for enthusiasts seeking bold routes and a rich history. Nestled amidst stunning natural beauty, the area boasts excellent rock formations that present exciting challenges for climbers. As you ascend, the roaring river below adds an exhilarating element to the climb, creating a unique and immersive environment. With a long-standing reputation as a world-class climbing destination, Eldorado Canyon is sure to leave you with unforgettable memories and a profound appreciation for the sport.

Gunks, New York, USA

The Gunks, Sport Climbing on Gear

The Gunks, renowned for their steep and challenging routes, offer a unique climbing experience that combines the excitement of sport climbing with the traditional style of using gear. Unlike most traditional climbing areas, the Gunks boast a multitude of steep routes with large holds that make for exhilarating ascents. It is not uncommon to come across routes with imposing roofs that are surprisingly rated only 5.5 or 5.6, adding an extra element of excitement to the climbing experience. The Gunks truly stand out as a destination that offers the best of both worlds, providing climbers with the opportunity to push their limits on steep terrain while also testing their skills in traditional gear placements. Whether you’re a seasoned climber or a beginner looking for a thrilling challenge, the Gunks will not disappoint.

Red River Gorge, Kentucky, USA

Red River Gorge, Famous for Steep Overhanging Routes

The Red River Gorge is renowned for its challenging overhanging sandstone wall, which demands endurance from climbers. However, amid the popularity of this area, trad climbers can find solace on less crowded cliffs, where exciting gear routes await. These hidden gems provide a different experience, away from the bustling crowds. Moreover, the Red River Gorge offers more than just thrilling climbs; it is also home to Miguel’s Pizza, a beloved local spot known for its mouthwatering slices. So, after a day of climbing, adventurers can treat themselves to a delicious dinner at Miguel’s and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of this iconic establishment.

Sunset, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, USA

More Fun With Dick and Jane

Nestled in the scenic beauty of Chattanooga, the Sunset, atop of Lookout Mountain, beckons climbers with its tranquil ambience and breathtaking views. With its bullet hard sandstone, where ingenious gear placement becomes second nature, and abundant shade, it offers a perfect summer escapade for climbing enthusiasts. Despite its popularity, Sunset remains blissfully uncrowded, allowing climbers to freely explore its diverse range of routes. Even on its busiest days, you’ll find a refreshing absence of queues, making it a rare gem among climbing destinations.

T-Wall, Tennessee, USA

Gorgeous Corners and Perfect Cracks,

Nestled in the rugged and majestic T-Wall, climbers are greeted with a paradise of splitter cracks and solid sandstone. One of the unique features of this climbing destination is its steep approach, which acts as a natural filter, ensuring a sense of solitude and tranquility. The beauty of T-Wall is that it caters to climbers of all skill levels, boasting a wide range of routes in every grade imaginable. Additionally, climbers can find solace in the exceptional protection provided throughout the routes, allowing them to push their limits, knowing their safety is upheld. If you’re seeking a climbing adventure like no other, T-Wall offers the perfect blend of challenge, seclusion, and protection.

Joshua Tree, California, USA

A crack CLimber’s Playground

Just a couple of hours from Los Angeles Joshua Tree is renowned for its great climbing opportunities. From short approaches, vertical face climbs, run-out slabs, and cracks of every size and grade, this destination has it all. However, it is advisable to avoid visiting on weekends to ensure a more peaceful climbing experience. And of course, don’t forget to bring your bouldering mat!

Blue Mountains, Australia

The Blues Don’t Only Offer Great Climbing, but Also Excellent Hiking for Those Active Rest Days.

Blue Mountain Australia is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places I have had the pleasure of climbing. The stunning sandstone formations provide a breathtaking backdrop to every ascent. One unique aspect of this climbing spot is the hangerless bolts, which require the skillful use of Karots for protection. Whether you prefer well-protected sport routes or the thrilling challenge of run-out gear lines, the Blue Mountains offer a diverse range of options to suit every climber’s preference. And after an exhilarating day on the wall, there’s nothing quite like treating yourself to a delicious Flat White, the perfect way to recharge and reflect on the adventures that lie ahead.

Linville Gorge, North Carolina USA

Steep Granite in Remote Wilderness Setting

Located in the remote wilderness of Linville Gorge, North Carolina, USA, awaits a thrilling adventure for climbers seeking to great rock formations. This untamed terrain offers a unique and challenging experience, where the true test lies in finding the route to ascend. Every step taken in this rugged landscape demands a precise understanding of the surroundings, pushing climbers to their mental limits. Often, the search for the right path becomes the psychological crux of the day, adding an extra layer of exhilaration to the journey. Linville Gorge is a sanctuary for those who crave the excitement of remote climbing, where the thrill of conquering nature’s obstacles is magnified by the wilderness that surrounds them. Get ready to embrace the challenges and triumphs that await in this exceptional climbing destination.

Looking Glass, North Carolina, USA

Looking Glass Rock from The Blue Ridge Parkway

Looking Glass is a renowned granite dome situated above the beautiful Pisgah National Forest. It is most famous for its distinctive feature known as the “eyebrows,” which are notorious among climbers. It’s north face also provides challenging vertical cracks that make excellent hard crack climbing with ample gear. However, Looking Glass has much more to offer beyond its eyebrows. With its pleasant climbing routes and a backdrop of the stunning forest scenery, climbers are treated to an all-round enjoyable and memorable climbing experience. Whether you’re drawn to the infamous eyebrows or simply seeking a gorgeous setting to climb in, Looking Glass is sure to leave a lasting impression.

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  1. Hello! I simply want to give you a big thumbs up for the excellent information you have got here on this post. Ill be returning to your website for more soon.

  2. I absolutely loved reading your list of climbing destinations! As an avid climber myself, I couldn’t resist sharing my top three favorites.

    Vernon Gorge, Siurana, Spain, and Chamonix, France!

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