There are a lot of pris­tine rock climb­ing des­ti­na­tions in the world. If you’re look­ing for a one-of-a-kind expe­ri­ence to put on your buck­et list, these are the spots you need to climb before you kick it.

El Capitan, Yosemite

El Cap­i­tan, Yosemite Nation­al Park, California
There’s a rea­son that El Cap­i­tan is often cit­ed as one of the most chal­leng­ing climbs in the Unit­ed States — nay, the world. El Cap tow­ers over 3500 feet above the floor of Yosemite and is the largest gran­ite mono­lith in the world. Its most pop­u­lar route, The Nose, took the first climbers to tack­le it 47 days to make it to the top.


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Ser­ra dos Órgãos Nation­al Park, Brazil
While Brazil is full of excit­ing places to climb, one of the most beau­ti­ful and chal­leng­ing spots is Ser­ra dos Órgãos Nation­al Park. The moun­tains here are nes­tled inside a dense, trop­i­cal rain­for­est and pro­vide views of the sur­round­ing land­scape. It’s also home to Devil’s Nee­dle, famous for its beau­ti­ful for­ma­tion and the dif­fi­cul­ty it takes to sim­ply get to it. If you’re expe­ri­enced and up for a chal­lenge, you need to try this spot.


Dead Horse Point, Utah mountains

Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah
Anoth­er scenic U.S. climb­ing spot, Dead Horse point is known for its tow­er­ing, sheer sand­stone cliffs. And for, you know, being the loca­tion of sev­er­al movie scenes. It’s actu­al­ly ille­gal to climb there with­out a spe­cial per­mit, which is giv­en to just about nobody. So good luck with that.


Railay, Thailand rock climber

Kra­bi, Thailand
Railay is eas­i­ly one of the best places on Earth for deep-water solo­ing. It pro­vides some breath­tak­ing views for those will­ing to try it. Head to Kra­bi if you’re look­ing to try some DWS or even some sport climb­ing. There are shops and guides galore that will cater to your needs.


Waterfall Boven

Water­val Boven, Mpumalan­ga, South Africa
The province of Mpumalan­ga, a moun­tain­ous region of South Africa, is home to over 500 estab­lished routes. So there are plen­ty of walls that have yet to be touched. The views here can’t be touched, either, and you’ll find your­self sur­round­ed by lush forests and waterfalls.


Dolomites, Italy mountain climbing

The Dolomites, Italy
We’d be remiss if we left out one of the most chal­leng­ing climbs in Europe: The Dolomites. These lime­stone peaks, locat­ed south of the Italian/Austrian bor­der, jut out of the ground to heights of over 3000 meters. There are plen­ty of routes that are over 20-pitch­es long, and the area is pri­mar­i­ly known for the qual­i­ty of its near­ly ver­ti­cal ascents.