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Guangzhou

Trad climber
Asia, Indonesia, East Java
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 13, 2013 - 11:46pm PT
My wife and I are considering spending the summer of 2014 in Utah.

I haven't climbed anywhere in the state, so I have no idea where to set up.

We'll most likely do a 5 or 6 week vacation rental and would like to access a large variety of climbing from it.

Any recommendations?

We enjoy a mix of sport and trad every summer.

Just to give you an idea what we're looking for, our last summer stateside we based in Lake Tahoe near Lover's Leap. This gave us easy access to lots of climbing, and place to do our shopping too.

Cheers,
Eman

Oldfattradguy2

Trad climber
Here and there
Jun 13, 2013 - 11:51pm PT
Summer is the absolute worst time to be in Utah.
Guangzhou

Trad climber
Asia, Indonesia, East Java
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 14, 2013 - 02:56am PT
Unfortunately, summer is the only time we have.

We did California and Colorado in the past. Trying to do a different location each time. Want my wife to see America.

Considering North Conway.

Gets a bit hot, not bad. Excellent climbing too. June is usually to early for the Grand Tetons, and this particular summer, we won't be a good climbing shape.

Other choice would be to make a road trip of Washington, Oregon, and California. (Mom leave in Southern Ca.

Of course, we could focus on California too. Yosemite to Bishop.
yanqui

climber
Balcarce, Argentina
Jun 14, 2013 - 07:35am PT
Summer's good in the north of Utah. There's gobs of climbing on all kinds of different rock in the Wasatch and Uinta mountains and you can go up higher in elevation if it gets hot in the canyons. There is a nice variety of different styles of climbing (trad/sport, short/multipitch, easy-access/remote, etc.) There's good bouldering and you can even go high and remote, for example in the Lone Peak Cirque (brutal approach). Salt Lake City is the center, but you can live other places as well.
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Jun 14, 2013 - 07:48am PT
i'd suggest wyoming, instead.
much better summer climes.

for climbing, you've the tetons and vedavoo, not to far to
rocky mountain national park,
or weekend trips to boulder / el dorado canyon.

tons of outdoor pursuits:
mountain biking, river travel, mountaineering.

consider jackson hole. its a great town with lots of mountain freaks.
plus, and this may have changed since i've been there,
you can drive with an open container as long as your under
the legal blood alcohol limit.

utah tends to impede access to good beer.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Jun 14, 2013 - 08:09am PT
I recommend the North Cascades. The climbing and scenery kinda sucks, but you could salvage something good from a trip out there.

West Ridge, Forbidden Peak, North Cascades, back in the 1980s
West Ridge, Forbidden Peak, North Cascades, back in the 1980s
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
North Ridge, Glacier Peak
North Ridge, Glacier Peak
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
El Dorado
El Dorado
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
ddriver

Trad climber
SLC, UT
Jun 14, 2013 - 08:21am PT
Don't be scared by the trolls. Salt Lake averages 5-7 100-degree days per year, low humidity, very tolerable. If you want cooler temps, rarely 90, stay in Park City or in a condo in Brighton or Alta.
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Jun 14, 2013 - 10:26am PT
An Alta condo is not a bad idea. Hellgate sport routes on limestone across the street. Quartzite sport a short hike up the hill. A whole summer of classic granite trad down canyon that is great in the early morning and good most evenings. Downtown Salt Lake is 30 minutes away.

Park City is a great mountain town. Closer to the Uintas.

I'm up Little Cottonwood all summer long chasing shade :-)
Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
Jun 14, 2013 - 10:58am PT
Stay north as others have suggested. Southern UT is tough in the summer however I have done it many times but prefer north.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Jun 14, 2013 - 11:13am PT
Serpentine Ridge, Dragontail Peak, North Cascades!
It's close to Leavenworth, which is a great town, with lots of good granite!

Credit: survival







Credit: survival







Credit: survival
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 14, 2013 - 11:16am PT
Guangzhou, here's a heads-up: they won't let you into Utah with only one wife.
I also think think Wyoming would be nicer. Look for a rental at Fremont Lk/Pinedale.
It's an hour from Jackson and an hour from a couple of Winds entries.
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Jun 14, 2013 - 11:28am PT
they won't let you into Utah with only one wife

you can rent an extra wife at the airport when you arrive... in fact, they are included in most car rentals these days
Alan Rubin

climber
Amherst,MA.
Jun 14, 2013 - 11:31am PT
As others have said Utah, especially the northern part is a reasonable summer destination. Even on the hottest days climbing in the Wasatch Canyons (Big and Little Cottonwoods, American Fork, etc) is fine in the shade with a good variety of rock types--quartzite, granite, limestone in the various canyons. Higher up is good alpine granite, though with a tough, waterless approach. For the Wasatch, Salt Lake is the best "base", though maybe a summer rental at one of the ski resorts could work out well.

Further north the Uintas have excellent and very accessible climbing on quarzite--both trad and sport (mostly single pitch), at high altitude (10,000 ft.)in very pretty surroundings--really a perfect summer area. Camping is the best option but it isn't too far from Park City.

In central Utah. the cobbles of Maple Canyon make another good summer sport climbing area as there is almost always something in the shade in the narrow corridors. Camping is the way to go in Maple but it is easily reachable as a weekend excursion from the Salt Lake area.

While not in Utah, the City of Rocks/Castle Rock area in southern Idaho is a very worthwhile destination--really a MUST VISIT--only 3 or so hours drive from Salt Lake. Wonderful climbing on sculpted granite formations both sport and trad with a wide range of grades, all in a great "wild west" setting. Again camping is the best option, though there is expensive lodging available in the local "town" of Almo. The areas around Lander, Wyoming are also accessible from Salt Lake, though best for folks climbing in the higher grades.

You also mentioned North Conway in this part of the country. Obviously I'm a bit prejudiced, but I very much recommend the area. There is plenty of lodging in town with loads of climbing very near by, and much more within an hour or 2 drive. The climbing is mostly trad and on granite, though the Rumney sport climbing area (schist) is about 1 1/4 hour drive. The downsides are that it can be very hot and humid (though there are also many pleasant days as well), it rains alot, and can be very buggy, especially in the spring/early summer. Late summer/fall is surely the best time to visit the area, but don't rule out a summer trip.
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Jun 14, 2013 - 11:33am PT
plus utah is trashed,
you are encouraged to throw your refuse out
the window cause jesus is coming
back regardless of our environmental hygiene.
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 14, 2013 - 11:45am PT
Easy to base out of SLC, or, as ddriver says, probably find a spot in BCC or LCC if you want to get up out of the city.

Really is 360 degrees worth of climbing on a variety of rock.

LCC, BCC, Uintas, AF, West Desert for long day trips or overnighters, City of Rocks is 2.5 hours, O town, Rock Canyon, Maple...

Easy enough to stay busy.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jun 14, 2013 - 11:51am PT
Listen to Weeg. I live in Utah and summer in Wyo.

Even on the hottest days climbing in the Wasatch Canyons (Big and Little Cottonwoods, American Fork, etc) is fine in the shade with a good variety of rock types--quartzite, granite, limestone in the various canyons.

Not my experience, at all, in the four years I lived in SLC! Yeah, you can work around it, if you have to be there, but if you can be anywhere, that flat-out, ain't the place!
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Jun 14, 2013 - 11:59am PT
Yeah, you can work around it, if you have to be there, but if you can be anywhere, that flat-out, ain't the place!


Yeah, definitely not. I'd reconsider my plans if I were you, Guangzhou. As a pit stop stop en route during a summer road trip American Fork was fun, but... Think about it, man!

The Wyoming suggestion is much more spot on for summer. Yellowstone, Devils Tower, Ten Sleep, Vedauwoo, the Tetons, cowboys, big animals, big sky, less Mormons.... Brokeback Country's for Lovers, Dude.
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 14, 2013 - 12:05pm PT
The Wyoming suggestion is much more spot on for summer. Yellowstone, Devils Tower, Ten Sleep, the Tetons....


Not sure Yellowstone has a bunch of great climbing...

The other spots mentioned above aren't really close enough to have a single vacation rental spot to base out of. What might work, though, would be Lander. Too hot for Sweetwater (and maybe too snakey...), but, Wild Iris, Sinks, access to the Windy's. Could still roadtrip a short distance to Ten Sleep and the Tetons. Etc.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Jun 14, 2013 - 12:11pm PT
Not sure Yellowstone has a bunch of great climbing...

You can climb the bison! Thinkin' more on the tip of stuff to see, really.

Lotta people are talking about "salvaging" a good time out of Utah during that time while WY is absolutely in season. In the cry for help vein side of things, I guess Utah makes perfect sense as something to show your wife before she decides to take vacation planning out of your bailiwick.
paganmonkeyboy

climber
mars...it's near nevada...
Jun 14, 2013 - 12:26pm PT
hit UT for a week or 2 (tops of the canyons, Ruby Lake/Cliff Lake/Wall Lake in the Uintas, road trip to City of Rocks at least just to see it) then head to to Wyoming - Sinks, Wild Iris, hike into the Winds...imho lots of UT just ain't all that in the summer, though Spring and Fall are amazing...

Colorado has recreational MJ and real beer - dunno if this is a consideration or not, but there's lots to climb in CO in the summer that is high elevation and cooler (Aspen Pass, Rainbow Rock outside Buena Vista, Leadville/Coal Creek, Rocky Mtn and Lumpy Ridge, the Diamond if you want to hike and be terrified, never been to the South Platte in teh summer so I can't say anything there...)
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