Rock Climbing

Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4+ adventure travel stars

Rock climbing in Lion's Head, Ontario, Canada

Rock climbing in Lion’s Head, Ontario, Canada

Rock climbing is a great way to engage Mother Nature, get some great exercise, learn self reliance and have a lot of fun doing it.

I’m not talking about scrambling around on some easy rocks, getting to the top and putting your arms up in the air in triumph.

Real rock climbing involves planning, preparation, skill, physical strength and a strong mind.

Imagine this… you’re body is dead tired and your hands are hurting, but you have to drag yourself up and over one more jagged ledge.

You’ve spent the last few hours hanging by your hands, wedging your toes into stony crags and lifting you body weight over and over and over again. You pull one last time, hoist yourself onto the summit, and now you’re on top of the world.

You’ve just accomplished something of which few others can boast. Now that’s rock climbing. Are you up for it?

Risk Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Rock climbing is not for the faint of heart. This is a sport that will challenge you both mentally and physically, and there can be a lot of risk involved for anyone advancing past basic climbing challenges.

There are several rating systems to gauge the difficulty and risk of a given rock or route, so you can choose the level of risk you’re willing to accept. But I’m not rating this activity for the novices. I rate it for those with a good level of skill and experience. And these climbers do like to challenge themselves, and that can be a risky proposition.

Good safety precautions are put in place by most climbers. And for those who prepare well and use common sense, they mitigate most of the big risks. But injuries to hands, wrists and elbows – and other parts of the body – during a climb do happen, so there will always be a good bit of risk.

However, it seems that taking calculated risks is a part of the allure for rock climbers.

Skill & Physical Factors
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

The sport of rock climbing requires an awful lot of skill, strength, endurance and mental toughness. Unless you’re going on a boulder for beginners, you need to practice, learn the various techniques, get in great shape and work on your mental focus.

Because rock climbing has gained in popularity, you can find rock walls in gyms all over the world. Visiting one of these practice facilities and getting someone to show you how to scale the walls is a great way to see if rock climbing is a good fit for you.

Fun Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

If the thought of dangling high above the ground by your fingertips makes you uneasy, rock climbing may not be the right sport for you. Some people find it exhilarating.

However, if you’re into solitary adventure travel experiences, you’re in great shape and you enjoy activities that require a lot of mental toughness, then rock climbing is something you need to try.

Incredible rock climbing locations can be found all over the globe with challenging rock faces on every continent, and if you like rock climbing you might want to give ice climbing a shot as well.

Popular rock climbing locations

Here are a couple of dozen excellent rock climbing locations around the world.

  • Agulha do Diabo, Serra dos Órgãos National Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Black Canyon, Gunnison National Park, Colorado, USA
  • Bugaboo Spire, Columbia-Kootenay, Canada
  • Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA
  • Cerro Torre, Patagonia, Argentina
  • El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California, USA
  • Glasshouse Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
  • Las Torres de Vajolet, Italian Alps
  • Las Torres, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia
  • Lion’s Head, Ontario, Canada
  • Meteora, Greece
  • Mount Roraima, Canaima National Park, Venezuela
  • Mount Thor, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada
  • Paarl Rock, South Africa
  • Pembroke, West Wales, UK
  • Prekestolen, Kjerag plateau, Forsand, Norway
  • Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA
  • Saint Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland
  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, California, USA
  • Shiprock, New Mexico, USA
  • Skaha Bluffs, Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
  • Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelly National Park, Arizona, USA
  • TheVia Ferrata, Veneto-Dolomites, Italy
  • Wharepapa, New Zealand
  • Zion National Park, Utah, USA
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