Top Rock Climbing Destinations To Kick Off The Season

For those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere, winter is officially over. It’s spring now, and that means that in many parts of the world it’s rock climbing season. If you’re still suffering from cabin fever and looking to take your first climbing trip of the year, here are a few recommended destinations that are sure to deliver some much-needed excitement and adventure.

Estes Park


The Front Range in Colorado is one of the best climbing destinations on the planet. It doesn’t matter what your skill level is, this mountain range has something for everyone. You can find easy, single-pitch routes for the beginning climber or more advanced routes that will require multiple pitches. When you’re not climbing, you can find some great dining and lodging options in the area, too. Estes Park is a good option if you’re looking for a well-rounded destination with plenty of climbing, lodging, and food options.

Abella de la Conca


Spain is a popular destination for experienced climbers. There are plenty of routes that, if conquered, will win you bragging rights at the bar for several seasons to come. However, Spain is also an excellent choice for beginning climbers, if you know where to go. Abella de la Conca is a great option for beginners because they offer some excellent sport routes that not only provide plenty of bolts and anchors on predetermined routes, but the approaches are also incredibly easy.

Railay Beach


If you’re looking for a getaway that provides equal parts adventure and relaxation, Railay Beach in Thailand is a perfect option. This stretch of beach lies on a peninsula, so it’s attached to the mainland. However, it’s only accessible by boat. The climbing is outstanding, too. The cliffs are made of limestone and overhang clear, blue water, and they offer a variety of difficulty levels. There are complicated trad routes that will have you using every trick in the book, as well as more established, bolted sport routes. When you’re done climbing for the day, you can hang out on the beach and grab a swim in the Andaman Sea.