Best Rock Climbing Spots in North America

A look at some of the best places to conquer steep cliffs and test your physical limits


Fresh air, bright sun and the feel of rough rock is a unique combination that millions of Americans – about 1.6 percent of the population, according to research – enjoy every year. National and state parks in the U.S. and all over the world offer thousands of opportunities for a thrilling challenge.[slideshow:88407]

Rock climbing is a thrilling sport that can be dangerous because of unpredictable factors such as falling rocks and weather. Unfamiliarity with the route or not knowing where the holds are, can also be a problem. All of these, though, teach climbers problem-solving skills. This makes the sport exciting and one of the reasons why it’s growing in popularity.

Many people have picked the recreational sport as an alternative to working out. While it may not be the best option for people who are afraid of heights, it definitely is a killer workout. Climbing will challenge your strength and stamina—maybe even your bravery, too. The average person can burn anywhere from 750 to almost 1,000 calories in an hour, at high intensity, with minimal rest.

Rock climbing requires incredible amounts of both physical and mental strength. It demands endurance, agility and balance at the highest of levels. It’s one of the most challenging athletic pursuits. But it’s also one of the most rewarding because of stunning views and a range of easy to challenging routes.

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