1. Yosemite National Park, California
This rock climbing destination is located in east-central of California in Sierra Nevada and has found its place on record as the third most visited destination in the United States. The park is famous for its 100million year’s old granite cliffs and scenic waterfalls falling down Yosemite Valley. No wonder it hits an annual four million visitation record. It consists of thousands of ponds, lakes, and streams as well as 800miles of hiking trails. Yosemite’s most distinct feature is its 3000-foot granite rock with an almost straight vertical gradient. This makes it a thrilling destination for rock climbers, both novices and experts. The declared UNESCO World Heritage
Site celebrates its 125th birthday in year 2015.
2. Mount Roraima, South America
Mount Roraima, Tepuy Roraima, and Cerro Roraima are all names given to this South American destination. It sits on Guiana shield at the southeast of Venezuela and is, in fact, the highest peaked of the Panorama’s Tepui Plateaus. Sir Arthur Doyle expresses his interaction with this ancient geology in his novel ‘The Lost World. Canaima National Park is the home of this wonder which sits at the center of three countries, Guyana, Brazil, and Venezuela. An amazing fact about this Mount Roraima is that it existed on earth as far back as two billion years ago.
3. Grand Teton, Wyoming
For the past 100 years, rock climbers seem to be attracted, by the numbers, to Grand Teton. It is the highest peak of The Teton Range just as its name suggests. Teton National Park owes its name to this peak. 35 routes have been established as well as 50 variations of these routes. The most common and perhaps the first to be established by early climbers is the Exum Ridge, named after Glenn Exum, a pioneer climber. The Owen-Spalding route is the standard route yet using it happens to be quite a challenging task and requires some skills and special equipment.
Trial and error have never worked in ascending to the peak even through the easiest route The Owen-Spalding. Interestingly, new routes are still being discovered and soon they will be more than what is already there. The Teton Range forms a part of mountains extending from Souther Alaska to The North of Mexico.
4. The Peak District, UK
The first thing that comes to mind at the mention of The Peak District is the white peak standing at its center. This peak is unique for its limestone geology. The area, specifically the gritstone escarpments, is popular to date, because of the unique characteristics on the gritstone edges.
This stands as the center of attraction for climbers, both starters and experts alike. The presence of this noble destination in England has made it the busiest national park in Britain in just fifty years. The Peak District boasts of thousands of routes, a feature that has accorded it over ten thousand climbs since it met the glare of publicity.
5. Rocklands, South Africa
Rocklands is a pristine bouldering destination popular for its numerous bouldering areas alongside fine-grained sandstones. This destination offers a range of climbing for all grades and is unique for its single pitch sports routes that allow for tranquil nature walks to various areas.
The first known climbing expedition took place at the cliffs just about Pakhuis Pass on the way to Clanwilliam and later came to be known as the bouldering. The Sports Route Cedar Rouge would soon become the second route to be established and which opened doors for all other routes that followed. The bouldering, except for attracting climbers from all over the world, has succeeded in creating a sight to behold. With outstanding red, black and gray sandstone boulders set against the blue. Find The Boulder in Cederberg Wilderness just 200km North from Cape
6. Fontainebleau, France
Fontainebleau is one of the few bouldering destinations fit for all family, children included. It is perhaps the largest and most developed bouldering site making it a favorite for holidaying, training, climbing, bouldering, and other related activities. Fontainebleau consists of thousands of boulders of all sizes and formations for all levels of climbing. Bouldering routes here are color coded to indicate their different levels of difficulty. This makes it an ideal training ground for would-be climbers because it is easy to evaluate their progress. Quite interesting, Fontainebleau is the name of the town surrounded by Fontainebleau National Forest, located 90km South of Paris.
7. Devils Tower, Wisconsin
A conceivably striking yet very interesting part of this monument’s history is how it came to be known as Devil’s tower. The tower that was initially known as bears’ lodge by the different tribes residing in the region had an instant and permanent change when expedition legend Col.
Richard Irving Dodge’s interpreter misinterpreted its name to mean bad gods tower and soon after it was known as The Devils Tower. Every attempt to change its name back to what it was has been met with great opposition and so this name remains to date. The huge hexagonal columns of this monument can be seen at a glance. A closer peek into it reveals parallel cracks, some as long as 400feet creating an exhilarating experience in crack climbing. The Lakota and other tribes around the area have deep sacred connections with this monument. A remarkable 4000 visitors who visit the site annually make an effort to climb The Devil’s Tower using traditional methods.
8. Kalymnos, Greece
Greece is known for its numerous islands and beaches among other attractions. Kalymnos Island stands out as a unique island combining sports adventure with aesthetic sights as well as a sociable environment for its visitors. It is known to have the highest concentration of single and double sports routes of all grades. Just the idea of rock climbing in an island is enough to create a strong desire for adventure in this part of the world. The island albeit small is home to many wonders of nature like sports crags and solid limestone rocks that are steep and others overhung.
It is located at the heart of Aegean Sea near Kos Island. The astounding orange radiance of the rocks under the rays of the sun is an amazing sight in addition to Greece good weather all through the year.
9. Todra Gorge – Morocco
In Morocco, the Atlas Mountains are often the center of attraction but for climbers, The Today Gorge, sandwiched between high limestone cliffs of the Atlas Mountains is a must visit destination. It represents Morocco’s biggest and most developed climbing areas. Todra Gorge is characterized by climbing routes of up to 300m long. It has grown to become a favorite for climbers because of the proximity of most of the routes from places of accommodation. The
Gorge boasts of over 400 routes with varying grades and is ideal for both novice and expert climbers.
10. Meteora, Greece
The history of this destination and rock climbing can be traced back to the shepherds who grazed their sheep around the hills. Their discovery of greener pastures at the top made them carry their sheep to graze where the grass was green. The term meteor means ‘the ones that hang, stand alone in the air’ or suspended rocks and this is an apt description of the sedimentary rocks at Meteora. This destination is found near Thessaly and Kalambaka and is home to six monasteries found on the rock towers.