From the vast network of American national parks and beyond to Thailand, Greece and Turkey, Musement unveils ten of the world’s most beautiful climbing sites.
Whether you’re already a serious rock climber, just curious, or, like us, have immensely enjoyed the Netflix documentary “The Dawn Wall,” you’re sure to enjoy this compilation of ten exceptional climbing sites throughout the world. More than a mere climbing guide, this list will inspire you to pair your passion for climbing with a travel experience in a spectacular environment.
1. El Capitan, Yosemite Valley, California, The United States
The Mecca of climbers, El Capitan in Yosemite National Park is a nearly vertical wall where legends have been born for having pushed their limits and achieved true feats. From Lynn Hill to Alex Honnold, men have dedicated their lives to conquering this 1,095-meter-high rock formation. Do you have the courage to confront El Capitan?
2. Kálymnos, Greece
Greece is not just about the blue domed roofs of Santorini, the ruins of Athens or the nightlife of Mykonos. Kálymnos, a small island in the Dodecanese chain in the Aegean Sea, is recognized as one of the world’s best climbing destinations…plus, it offers exceptional panoramas. If you want to spend a holiday between climbing and swimming at sea, this is the place.
3. Gorges du Verdon, France
More than 1,500 climbing routes, a limestone rock more than 4,000 feet high, and the sheer beauty of the site all make Gorges du Verdon a favorite spot for climbers from around the world.
4. Red Rock, Nevada, The United States
This is another climbing temple just minutes from Las Vegas. Red and white sandstone along with the desert makes for a gorgeous setting. Each March, T]the site hosts a climbing festival.
5. Geyikbayiri, Turkey
With 700 routes, Geyibayiri is the most popular climbing site in Turkey, boasting an impeccable organization that even includes lodging and other accommodations at the foot of the cliffs. You only need to concentrate on climbing.
6. Queenstown, New Zealand
Given New Zealand’s unusual landscape and wild nature, it’s no wonder the country is home to incredible climbing locations. In Queenstown, you can climb in an exceptional environment surrounded by mountains and a magnificent view of the lakes.
7. Siurana, Spain
Catalonia is full of climbing sites, and one of them is in Siruana. The level is rather advanced, but it’s worth the reward. The cliffs are mostly south-facing, so we strongly discourage climbing between April and October. Now you know what to do during those slow winter days!
8. Monkey Face, Smith Rock, Oregon, The United States
This giant monolith in the heart of Smith Rock Park is also beloved by North American climbers, with some of the world’s most famous routes.
9. Railay Beach, Thailand
Not everyone visits Thailand just for the beaches. Railay offers an incomparable climbing experience in an exceptional unspoiled setting–the walls overlooking the sea are jaw-dropping.
10. El Potrero Chico, Mexico
Looking south of the border? El Portrero Chico offers myriad walls, all different from one other and suitable for any level. This is a good starting point before tackling the more difficult routes to the north.