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7 of the best rock climbing destinations in the world

Written by Fiona

July 27 2020

Rock climbing is a popular outdoor sport, with many advanced climbers traveling all over the world in search of the best destinations. Here are seven of the most beautiful, unique and popular rock-climbing destinations to add to your bucket list.  

Yosemite National Park, California 

Yosemite National Park is one of the most popular choices for many world-class climbers, and many individuals have broken records there.

Climbing the Half Dome and El Capitan is undoubtedly something you’ll want to achieve, but you do need a lot of experience.

If you’re a beginner, there are even classes to get yourself started, ranging from a half-day session to multiple days. The park has many different levels to ease yourself into the process, and it certainly has some of the most stunning scenery in the entire world. 

Kalymnos, Greece, is a top climbing destination.

Kalymnos, Greece 

If you enjoy the sun, beautiful beaches and dreamy limestone rocks, look no further than Kalymnos in Greece. This is one of the most fantastic climbing destinations in the world, with 1,700 different routes of varying difficulties.

The most popular season to climb is in autumn, followed by spring. You want to avoid the summer as it can get ridiculously hot. If you need new equipment for your trip, check out these mini carabiners and spring links to get yourself started. 

Red River Gorge. Credit: Solarium Jarek Tuszyński

Red River Gorge, Kentucky 

Known to have some of the best sport climbing crags, the red river gorge is a must-visit for climbers looking to spend hours exploring different routes and destinations. Some of the most famous climbs to consider include the crown of thorns, prime directive, banshee, and lip service.

With many different levels and gorgeous locations, it certainly is a place for the whole family. On top of that, you can even camp to spend multiple days exploring everything that it has to offer. 

Railay Beach.

Railay Beach, Thailand 

Want a place to climb right on the beach, on top of beautiful soft sand. Railay Beach in Thailand is your place to go. These limestone cliff faces are stunning and with 700 bolted climbing routes available, there is something for everyone.

From the most experienced climbers to beginners looking for some fun on their vacation. Many people offer lessons, and they are usually very affordable. You might even get the privilege to see some happy little monkeys on your trip.

Skaha Bluffs, Canada 

The Skaha Bluffs is situated in one of the only dry deserts in Canada, making it a unique and beautiful destination to explore. It has around 1000 single pitch face climbs and lessons are available for beginners.

To find the most incredible climbs, hike one of the paths for around 20-30 minutes and you’ll be amazed at your finds. Just make sure you keep an eye out for snakes that enjoy basking in the sunshine! 

Fontainebleau, France. Credit: Hargbard

Fontainebleau, France 

If climbing boulders is more of your forte, then you’ll undoubtedly want to look into Fontainebleau in France. Only an hour’s drive from Paris, it’s great for visitors looking for an extra special day trip.

The boulders are made of sandstone and sit in wonderous forest locations. It almost looks like something out of a fairytale! Just like most of these destinations, they are crags for beginners and for the more experienced. So, it’s definitely something you’ll want to add on your bucket list.

June and July are the most popular times to go, as the weather is perfect and there is less rainfall. 

Todra Gorge. Credit: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen

Todra Gorge, Morocco 

Located in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, the Todra Gorge has around 400 different climbing routes, in many different sectors. For those that are more advanced, you may want to try tackling the wonderful Pillier de Crouchant.

Climbers recommend heading down during the morning so that you can spend the day walking through the gorge. Nighttimes can get cold fast.

These are seven of the best rock-climbing destinations in the world. Always remember to be safe, prepared and notify someone of where you are climbing.

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