Climb On: Rock Climbing Mountain Adventures
The Stowe Rocks climbing center is fun for every age. (Stowe Mountain Resort)
In the snow covered months, some of us may have the inclination to huck a few cliffs along the edges our favorite mountains. Come summer, it's time to approach those mountains from a different angle, with climbing ropes and harnesses. Whether it's with guide up the rock face of a local route or auto-belayed on a man-made wall, climbing offers adventure and summer fun in the mountains.
The new Stowe Rocks is a state-of-the-art Vermont facility featuring indoor rock climbing challenges for adventure seekers of all ability levels. Stowe Rocks offers multiple distinct, color-coded routes with sloped, vertical, and overhanging perspectives for climbers of all skill levels. There are eight manual belay and eight TruBlue Auto-Belay stations. A 12-foot high bouldering wall will challenge your strength, agility, and movement.
The West Wall Guided Rock Climbing Excursion at New Hampshire’s Bretton Woods is designed for people with a wide range of climbing abilities. After a ride up the Bethlehem Express Chairlift, a short hike takes you to the bottom of the southwest face of Mount Oscar. Several routes of varying difficulty, all approximately 400 feet in length, ascend up a granite cliff to an elevation of 3,000 feet. The low-angled cliffs provide an open vista of the Pemigewasset Wilderness and Zealand Valley.
Telluride’s San Juan Mountains of Colorado are the ideal playground for climbers. From high-altitude granite and sandstone climbing to bouldering and the Via Ferrata, Telluride has it all. The Adventure Rock, located in Conference Center Plaza in Mountain Village, is a man-made boulder with routes for novice to expert climbers. The rock is open to the public from sunrise to dusk and is free of charge. Half- and full-day guided climbs are available for novice to advanced skill levels.
Granite Peak Climbing Wall at Caifornia’s Heavenly is an exhilarating man-made rock wall inspired by the iconic rock formations found in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The permanent rock climbing wall is 25 feet tall with 15 defined climbing routes varying in difficulty, and utilizes auto-belays on each route. A unique feature of the wall is the quick-jump, 35-foot rapid descent that emulates free-falling, accessed by an adventurous climb up The Goat Trail.
Some of the best alpine granite in the country can be found in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area north of Sun Valley, Idaho. A short drive from the Sun Valley/Ketchum area, Trail Creek Summit offers easily accessible and spectacular rock climbing for all abilities. Sawtooth Mountain Guides offer half and full day programs to get kids and families on the rock.