It’s a new year, and most humans are making resolutions. Oftentimes, resolutions involve stopping something, but we’re going to suggest you make a list of things you want to do in 2019 instead. For starters, you should work on your climbing destination bucket list. Here are some of the top spots in America to climb this year.
Zion National Park
If you’ve been climbing for a while and are looking for a destination that is truly for the most experienced climbers, take a trip to Utah and visit Zion National Park. There you’ll find amazing sandstone routes, some as high as 2,000 feet. If you’re not quite ready for the big wall climbs you can find a few options requiring less skill, like top roping routes and bouldering. Plan your trip carefully—you don’t want to attempt the walls when they’re wet. A trip in the spring or fall is your best bet.
Yosemite National Park
No “must do” climbing list would be complete without including Yosemite National Park. When most people think of Yosemite, they probably picture the big walls of Half Dome or El Capitan. If you have the skill, by all means, attempt to tackle these historic feats. However, Yosemite has plenty of other options for climbers of all skill levels, not just big wall options. You can find countless bouldering opportunities throughout the park. The Merced River Canyon has some of the best crack climbing in California, and you can try your hand at rope climbing on some of the park’s smaller domes.
Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park
While Yosemite is considered a Mecca among rock climbers, you’re going to have to deal with crowds just about any time you visit. If you’d like to get in some climbing that’s got all of the quality without the crowds, consider Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Granted, you’re going to have to put in some serious hiking miles to reach most of the routes, but you’ll find some truly epic climbs once you’ve put in the legwork. You can find routes that cater to all skill levels. In the winter months, you can even get in a little ice climbing.
Grand Teton National Park
Wyoming’s Grand Teton National park has enough climbing opportunities to keep you busy year after year. There are more than 200 mountain peaks and 800 climbing routes to explore. The difficulties range from easy to elite, and they range from rocky cliffs to icy crags.