Your top five sport climbing areas and why.


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Jim Henson's Basement
Jun 12, 2013 - 10:28am PT
I haven't climbed much outside of Cali so I don't have a wide selection to "draw" on ;)

Top 3 are outside Cali .. which makes me want to travel a lot more.

1) Potrero Chico, MX
2) Rai Lay Thailand
3) Smith Rock, OR
4) Echo Cliffs,CA (yup.. I love that damn choss pile)

#5.. hard to say. I love Red Rocks, but consider it more a trad climbing area. Mebbe' Pine Creek or Clark Canyon (I love dat tuff). Corpse Wall gets my vote for most beautiful Cali location.. in spite of it's lack of actual climbing.

New River Gorge and Kalymnos are definitley on my bucket list.

Edit: After giving it some thought I'll make Pine Creek my official #5

Social climber
Durango CO
Jun 12, 2013 - 12:45pm PT
Credit: Bowser

Trad climber
Jun 12, 2013 - 12:58pm PT
Credit: quantum7

Trad climber
Jun 12, 2013 - 01:31pm PT
Lots of good single pitch sport areas around. How about multi pitch sport?
Potrero Chico
Canadian Rockies has a number of good routes

What else?

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
Jun 12, 2013 - 01:36pm PT
Maple Canyon, UT

Trad climber
Jun 12, 2013 - 01:54pm PT
Having done most of my climbing in So Cali and years ago I would have to 2nd Williamson Rock, probably the only place I climbed that had any number of sport routes.
Joshua Tree and Suicide both had some pretty "sporty" routes


Jun 12, 2013 - 04:08pm PT
Catalunya is famous for the hard climbing areas, like Oliana, Santa Linya, etc., but there are also quite a fews great long sport routes in the 5.10-5.11 range at Terradets (up to 500 meters) and Vilanova de Meia (200 meters).

Social climber
Jun 12, 2013 - 04:35pm PT
Horne lake is closed? What happened? I was just there 2 years ago??? I didn't like it so much - too chossy. Just wondering. My top 5 would be:

Red River Gorge, KY
Zillertal, Austria
Cheakamus near Squamish
I like all the little areas around Bishop/Mammoth like Pine Creek, Dike wall, Tioga cliff, Gong show
Jailhouse - just because it's close to me and you can climb there when it's pouring like crazy
Magic Ed

Trad climber
Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Jun 12, 2013 - 06:06pm PT
Single pitch: Red River Gorge

Multi-pitch: El Potrero Chico

South face of El Toro, Potrero Chico, Mexico
South face of El Toro, Potrero Chico, Mexico
Credit: Magic Ed

Social climber
Jun 12, 2013 - 08:37pm PT
"Edit- Mr E just reminded me, my #5 is skaha! So fun there."

Ryan, Skaha is shite, stay away, no good routes, tourists should detour to Squamish. Too sunny with a greater chance of Melanoma, full of geriatric delinquents and too many bolts.

Spread the word, stay away. Please!

Haha!! ;)

I have never climbed at Tensleep in Wyoming or The Homestead in Arizona, but have heard they are both really good limestone areas.

I forgot to mention Isolation in Arizona, as well - that place is just stellar, thanks to Manny and others.

Jun 12, 2013 - 10:51pm PT
Impaler, it was "closed" 2 years ago as well. I'd hardly call it choss though compared to chipamus canyon:-)

Social climber
Jun 12, 2013 - 11:23pm PT
chipamus canyon:-)

Seems negligible to the Olympic road construction?


Jun 12, 2013 - 11:38pm PT
There's been "construction" goin on up there since way before the Olympics Mr E! Lots of reinforcement glue, I mean too.

Social climber
Jun 13, 2013 - 12:00am PT
I love the creek-side climbing there - never noticed the chipping, I guess.

Just making a comment on the near-miss of the destruction of the area for the 99 expansion.

Carry on.

Social climber
Jun 13, 2013 - 03:46am PT
Hey RyanD,

What do you mean by "closed"? I saw no signs and the locals didn't tell me anything. How would one even know that it's closed?

Chipamus? Interesting! I'd love to hear more. The climbing was fun enough that I didn't really care if there's glue involved or not. I think that's part of the deal in a lot of places. Very few areas are completely "naturual" and if they are, it just means they weren't cleaned properly and sh#t will continue to break.


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Wolf City, Wyoming
Jun 13, 2013 - 06:25am PT
Hmmm, forgot about maple, rifle& Isolation, this getting more difficult.....
patrick compton

Trad climber
Jun 13, 2013 - 10:50am PT
Red, Maple, Rifle, Wild Iris, a secret Tufa ridden area in AZ.

Social climber
Jun 13, 2013 - 10:55am PT
Red Rocks
Clark Canyon
Holcomb Valley

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Moorpark, CA.
Jun 13, 2013 - 11:30am PT
Not traveled to much outside of the southwest but I kinda like these places in no real order.

Lake Louise ..... really cool setting, steller stone
Owens River ..... close by, tons of great climbs in my grade range
Williamson ...... " " " " " "" ... sadley closed-for now
Red Rocks ..... good climbs, the steep kicks my butt
Zappa Dome .... nice stone, short hike for getaway days


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Dalian, Liaoning
Jun 13, 2013 - 11:50am PT
Yanwoling, Dalian, China.
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