Rock climbing is one of the best sports since it also allows participants a chance to see nature in a rare form. Reaching the summit of a climb offers such a view that it is literally breathtaking.
What makes the view even better is that it feels earned and well-deserved, especially after a particularly tough climb. Unfortunately, it is not for everyone so only a special few are able to appreciate the experience.
For experienced rock climbers looking to explore and experience so of the best sites, The United States of America has a few that are quite spectacular. If your not yet experienced rock climber, you can read a beginner guide here.
1. El Capitan
This incredible climb is located in Yosemite National Park, California and should only be climbed by experienced climbers. It is one of the most serious climbs in America since its face is completely made of sheer granite.
Not to mention that El Capitan is a type vertical rock formation that is almost considered impossible to climb. The tough climb only makes the view from its 3,000 foot, or 910 meter, summit even more sweeter.
There are two main faces of El Capitan, the Southeast and the Southwest. Between the two there have been main routes established over the years; the most popular of those routes includes The Nose. The Nose follows El Capitan’s prow which is between the Southwest and Southeast faces.
2. Smith Rock
Smith Rock can be found in Smith Rock State Park in central Oregon. It has been dubbed the birthplace for contemporary rock climbing and features up to 1,000 various routes.
The cliffs of sheer tuff and basalt allows Smith Rock to offer rock climbing at all levels of difficulty. All levels of climbers are encouraged to experience the incredible routes of Smith Rock.
One of the most popular routes along Smith Rock is Cry Baby. This route offers a wide range of variation along its climb. Along the path, you will find that you may be uncomfortable with the level of exposure on the arête!
Cry baby has been ranked a 5.9 and is a continuation of the Ginger Snap and Cinnamon Slab routes.
The Flatirons rise out of the base of the Rockies in Boulder, Colorado and is one of the easier climbs listed. In fact, the climbing grades very accessible and has been rated “The Finest Beginner’s Climb in the Country”.
The East face of the Third Flatiron is 1,300 feet long and has been rated by Yvon Chouinard as a 5.4. Overall, most routes along the Flatirons are more of a gradual climb rather than steep, vertical climbs like those of El Capitan.
The Ultrasaurus, also known as Uber-Pwnage, is on the North face of Dinosaur Rock. It is about a 35 meter climb that ascends in a right-leaning line all the way to the summit. The best way to start this climb is by using the first 2 bolts of the Milk Bone route and then cutting right towards the corner.