6 Emerging Climbing Towns

Sick and tired of mak­ing a pil­grim­age to a climb­ing prob­lem just to find a group of peo­ple and a line of back­packs at the base? Great climb­ing with­out the queue is out there—you just have to know where to find it. Escape over­crowd­ed routes at these up-and-com­ing climb­ing areas: 

Las Vegas, NevadaLas Vegas, Neva­da
When the major­i­ty of us think of Vegas we think of bright lights and slot machines, not of exten­sive lime­stone climb­ing routes. How­ev­er this city is a mec­ca for inter­me­di­ate climbers who want to scale the pic­turesque sand­stone walls of Red Rock Canyon, and enjoy blue­bird days and near­ly end­less routes. The land­scape is expan­sive and the warm, dry desert atmos­phere is espe­cial­ly soul soothing.


Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chat­tanooga, Ten­nessee
While Chat­tanooga reach­es record-break­ing tem­per­a­tures in the sum­mer, and rains about 54 inch­es every year, it’s a great place to climb in the south. Whether it’s the Ten­nessee Wall or the glo­ri­ous Fos­ter Falls, Chat­tanooga is a tru­ly under­rat­ed place to boul­der and climb around.


North Conway, New Hampshire

North Con­way, New Hamp­shire
The cold win­ter weath­er of the East Coast makes North Con­way a fan­tas­tic ice-climb­ing des­ti­na­tion. The gran­ite crags locat­ed just out­side of North Con­way is an excel­lent place for any climber to play dur­ing the sum­mer, and a place for experts to chal­lenge them­selves dur­ing the win­ter. In addi­tion, Rum­ney is a beau­ti­ful place to climb—in my opin­ion, it’s prob­a­bly the best place to climb on the East Coast.


Boone, North Car­oli­na
Locat­ed next to the Appalachi­an Moun­tains, Boone is an excel­lent place to go ver­ti­cal. Rid­dled with hard­wood trees and rhodo­den­drons typ­i­cal of the South, Boone is a place for the adven­tur­ous soul to climb, con­quer, and explore. 


Lan­der, Wyoming
While Wyoming is a mec­ca for the avid climber, Lan­der is a just a quaint town that hap­pens to be a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Nation­al Out­door Lead­er­ship School. The unas­sum­ing town is filled with inter­est­ing sand­stone, gran­ite and lime­stone crags and canyons that will make your climb­ing options vir­tu­al­ly endless.


Tucson, ArizonaTuc­son, Ari­zona
While most peo­ple vis­it Tuc­son for the glo­ri­ous rays of sun­shine in the sum­mer­time, it is real­ly fall and spring that makes this place fan­tas­tic. Right out­side of the city there are the Dra­goon Moun­tains, home to many beau­ti­ful canyons and long climb­ing routes. The Cochise Strong­hold is a pop­u­lar climb­ing des­ti­na­tion in the Dra­goon Moun­tains, while many oth­ers remain local secrets.