Avid rock climbers know, that it’s not just a sport but rock climbing is a lifestyle! Not only does it give you a feeling of total freedom, you have to be fit to be able to do it. Even the most experienced climbers consider their adventures a complete workout.
If you are one of these people and you love rock climbing, then you’ve probably seen a good rock or two in your lifetime. But there are a few beautiful places you should absolutely put on your list of places to go rock climbing before you die!
The first spot we recommend probably is the most beautiful in the country. It’s Grand Teton National Park in Northwest Wyoming. It is a very popular place amongst avid climbers because of the 55 mile long Teton mountain range, including the highest of them all: the Grand Teton, with its 4,000 meter high peak. Apart from rock climbing Grand Teton National Park is also great for fishing, hiking, and camping.
Another place you should visit at least once in your life is Cadillac Mountain. It’s the highest point on the East Coast an located in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island in Maine. This place is absolutely worth a visit and a climb because of its location right above the northern Atlantic Ocean. The impressive pink granite is just stunning and the view from up there is breathtaking. You get a great look of the ocean and the island while climbing all the way to the top.
Next on our list of places to visit and go rock climbing is Gibraltar Rock in Santa Barbara, California. No, it’s not the ‘Rock of Gibraltar’, but it is the most prominent formation in all of Santa Barbara. The great thing about this 27 to 43 meter high formation has routes for climbers of different levels of experience and skills. Climbing here also means that you have breathtaking views of Santa Barbara and it’s coastline. The area also is perfect to spot wildlife and it has a great campground, located at Cachuma Lake.
Last on our list of rock climbing sites is Red River Gorge, also known as “The Red”. It’s a s a canyon system made of overhanging, pocketed sandstone in east-central Kentucky, located on the popular Red River. The area has a wide variety of cliffs to climb, which is why it’s highly popular with climbers from all over the world. There are different climbing routes to choose from and most include some of the smaller cliffs (less than 61 meters) in “The Red. The higher ones are located on private ground in two privately owned preserves. The first one is Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve and the second one is Muir Valley.