Are you an experienced climber looking for a challenge, or a beginner wanting to see what you’re made of, or do you simply want to do some climbing in absolutely stunning locations? Then I’m happy to inform you that you are indeed in the right place because this is exactly where you’ll find our best destinations for climbing!
The US, Greece, Thailand, and Morocco are just a few of them, and since there’s no way we can decide our favorite one, we’re not gonna put them in any specific order. No. You can’t make us. What you can do, though, is have a look and find the next location for a climbing vacation!
Pro Tip: Make sure to check what the weather will be like before you go since the climbing conditions tend to vary with the seasons!
This Greek island, close to the coast of Turkey, is packed with amazing cliffs and rocks to climb. Like, really. You can find a bare limestone hillside to climb almost anywhere in the area. Oh, and the cliffs turn into this gorgeous, vibrant orange once the sun hits! The caves allow you to challenge yourself and gravity like never before, and don’t forget that you’re on a Greek island – it really has the whole package (including instructors and a climbing festival)!
As the name suggests, this is a canyon, stretching 10 miles and offering you what just might be the best sport climbing crag in California. No joke. We never joke about serious things like that. All the climbing is on volcanic tuff, meaning that there will be an endless supply of edges, pockets, and cracks. How awesome doesn’t that sound?! It might be a bit crowded, but just hike a little further, and you should be fine. Oh, and afterwards you can relax by the river. The perfect end to the perfect climb.
You know how Kalumnos Island had the whole packed, being a stunning island and all? Well, this one might be even better: a peninsula on the southwest coast of beautiful Thailand, with so many craggy limestone cliffs that you can only get there by boat! Add amazing climbing, palm trees, sandy beaches, and an ocean made up of all the shades of blue and green you can imagine, and you’ll have a climber’s paradise.
You’re not tired of the sun yet, are you? Good, because you’ll definitely get another dose of warmth and vitamin D in this location. One of the best climbing spots in Mexico, here you’ll find everything from steep overhanging face to easy slab (with sharp rock, so watch out for cuts and scrapes!). Oh, and the views are simply outstanding. Come in the winter when it’s less crowded, and try the longest sport route in North America.
If the last location is a great option during the winter, you probably don’t want to head to the Lofoten Islands any time other than the summer months. That way, you’ll have the best chances of nice weather (although it can still be cold!) – for a while, the sun never sets, so you can literally climb until you drop (although don’t do that)! This place is pretty far north, but it’s absolutely gorgeous.
So Lofoten wasn’t cold enough for you, and you want some proper alpine trad climbing? No problem. Chaltén Massif, on the eastern edge of southern Argentina’s Patagonian icecap, has got you covered. Its sharp peaks have clean walls split by jam cracks, and summits covered in ice – and it doesn’t matter if you’re a world-class alpinist (because so many of us are) or more of a hobby climber, there’s something for everyone here.
We’re not heading back to the warmer climbs just yet, no, not when there’s fun, challenging climbing to be done in the UK! The cliffs might not be the highest, but getting to the top requires both boldness, great crack technique, and being able to place gear. Other than the gritty crags, there are plenty of trad limestone cliffs in the valleys below!
North of Cape Town, you’ll find pretty fantastic sandstone boulders at Rocklands. Told you we were gonna come back to the shining sun! In fact, it’s so warm that during the winter months (May to September) is the best time to move between jugs and crimps on the bullet-hard stone in an area that provides you with endless little problems to solve.
Want some more boulders, but limestone this time? Coolio, because in this unforgettable area on the South Island of New Zealand you’ll get just that! Other than the absolutely stunning landscape with hundreds of blocks and more than 5000 established problems, you’ll have the view of grassy slopes and snow-capped mountains – no wonder this place used to be sacred!
It’s been said that no list of rock climbing destinations would be complete without El Capitan, and it’s hard to disagree with that, isn’t it? Have you seen it? It’s a sheer granite face leading up to its 3000-foot summit (the views from there cannot be beat) – even the pros struggle with this climb! Luckily, there are other routes for anyone who isn’t prepared to camp hanging from a stone wall!
As we said, we don’t really have one – but it’s really hard not being mesmerized by the size of El Capitan! Do you think we left a real jewel out? Let us know!