Apr 6, 2011 12:02 - Talia Rapp | 1,324 views
Now that spring is starting to chase away the cold for most of us, start off the season right by doing something a little more adventurous: mountain climbing!
Not only is outdoor rock climbing a fantastic workout, but it is also a thrilling way to experience the outdoors like never before. Choosing a place to climb depends on a lot of factors including your climbing skill level, athletic ability, the mountain’s gear requirements, etc. While a lot of experienced climbers are looking towards conquering the Andes Mountains in Peru or Mount Khuiten in Mongolia, there are plenty of great mountains in the US that range in difficulty and offer options for those who are beginner climbers.
Some popular mountains to go outdoor rock climbing include Mt. Whitney in California or Mount Elbert in Colorado. If you’re an East Coaster, New York’s Shawangunk (affectionately called the “Gunks”) and Catskills Mountains are great choices as well.
We recommend taking advantage of a rock climbing guide to help you navigate mountain walls and to provide support. Many of them offer great gear and park entrance packages, include transportation to the site, and extend other discounts and bonuses. For example, Mountain Skills Climbing Guides in New York has experienced instructors to guide you and gives discounts for larger groups.
Climbing is a great way to hang out with friends and even family (if you don’t want to knock them off of the cliff by the end of the day). There are plenty of hotels and inns around our recommended climbing sites for you to crash at after a long day. New York and California are well-known for their mountains, so finding accommodations for those sites can be easy and inexpensive.
Enjoy getting out there!
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