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Rock Climbing Holidays

Updated on November 22, 2012

Rock climbing holidays are more popular than ever, but that's really no surprise. This activity combines stunning scenery with adrenaline and provides a physical challenge that few other activities can match. Provided you have a qualified instructor or guide and the right equipment, it's also a very safe way to enjoy the outdoors. Hazards can be controlled and managed and even children can enjoy this activity. Here, we discuss some of the best places around the world to try this activity.


Hueco Tanks, in Texas, is a low mountain range, ideal for beginners who are just starting out. However, there are a couple of trickier assents here too and Hueco Tanks has been named as one of the top destinations for bouldering, a type of rock climbing done without the use of supports and ropes, so there's plenty to keep advanced climbers entertained here too. Climbers should be aware that there are certain areas within this region where rock climbing is not permitted, due to the effect it has on vegetation and rock formations, so it's important to keep an eye out for signs.

Lynn Hill at Hueco Tank

This short film captures the stunning natural beauty of Chilean Patagonia featuring the mountains of Torres del Paine National Park -- jagged granite ridges and spires capped with shale, snow and glaciers.


Patagonia, Chile, is another brilliant destination for rock climbing, with a whole host of different mountainous regions to choose from. The most popular climbing area in Patgonia is the Torres del Paine National Park, which has some of the most diverse cliff faces in the world. Because so many people come to the park specifically for rock climbing, there are now shops at the foothills of the mountains that rent climbing equipment and guides can also be hired for climbs in this area of Patagonia.

Patagonia - Torres del Paine

This short film captures the stunning natural beauty of Chilean Patagonia featuring the mountains of Torres del Paine National Park -- jagged granite ridges and spires capped with shale, snow and glaciers.

The Alps:

The French Alps offer some prime climbing opportunities for both amateur and expert rock climbers; there are safe, shorter climbs along the valleys of Chamonix, however advanced climbers can take on the enormous snowy peaks of the well known Mont Blanc Massif. The views here are stunning and there are guides for those who want to try out ice-climbing during their trip.

Ailefroide Bouldering

This is a short film of some bouldering around the village of Ailfroide in the Haute Alpes, France. This is a great summer destination as this part of the Alpes has the driest weather, the days can get quite hot though.

Yosemite Park:

One of the most exciting destinations for rock climbing is without a doubt, Yosemite National Park. There are vast rock domes, pinnacles and sheer cliff faces, along with some of the most challenging routes in the world. The only downside to rock climbing in this park is that it tends to be exceptionally busy throughout the year, even during the off-season. However, the routes and the breath taking views are worth it.

Yosemite Rock Climbing

Yosemite National Park is a mecca of rock climbing. Here's an introduction to this fast-growing sport in the park from the first climb up El Capitan in 1958 to the Yosemite Mountaineering School today.


Costa Blanca and Costa Brava in Spain are two excellent places in which to learn how to rock climb. Much like in Patagonia, the weather is warm and the crags offer some truly spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding area. However, unlike Yosemite and Patagonia, these two Spanish destinations tend to provide more formal rock climbing lessons, rather than simply offering guides and short, one day training courses, so they're perfect for climbing novices who want a more in-depth introduction to this activity.

Rock Climbing at Sella Costa Blanca

Costa Blanca rock climbing area, a must for all visitors to this part of Spain.


Regardless of where you choose to go on your rock climbing adventure - whether it's the mountains of Patagonia or the cliff faces of the French Alps, you're guaranteed to enjoy some adrenaline inducing physical challenges and beautiful scenery that you'll never forget.

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Handy overview of the rock climbing locations mentioned in this lens.

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