Aside from the benefits to your body, mind and soul, rock climbing offers you the chance to visit some spectacular places. Here are few:
Located in southern Germany, Frankenjura is one of the top areas for sport climbing in Europe and also the largest climbing area in Germany – it has over 8.000 established routes, so you will surely find at least one that fits your needs. It is also a perfect place for beginners, because it includes almost 300 routes graded under 5.9. The crags are distributed all over the area, so having a car will allow you to climb more places in a day, depending on the sun or the difficulty of the routes.
The best time to climb at Frankenjura is late spring and also summer, because many of the crags are shaded in the woods. This is why Frankenjura is a popular summer holiday destination for rock climbers all over Europe.
Located close to Zadar, this is the most famous place to go rock climbing in Croatia. This place has a special charm because is located close to seawaters which offers the combination of climbing and water sports. Rock climbing ranges from single pitch routes, to big wall rock climbing routes and you can choose from over 350 equipped routes. Some of them are appropriate for absolute beginners and then you have others for experts. The main climbing season begins in spring and lasts until late autumn, making Paklenica the best summer holiday retreat.
Thailand is a fusion of exotic locations, tropical climate, astonishing beaches and friendly people, so it is not a surprise it is included in our list. Talking about exotic, this place is accessible only by boat and you will be able to climb incredible cliffs over the beautiful blue water surrounding you. Almost 700 of the routes here are already bolted, which provides an easier climb. What more can you ask for?
A small island in the Aagean Sea, Kalymnos is considered to be one of the best climbing destinations in the world due to the richness of its rock formations, safety, climate and infrastructure. It is not strange that more than 10,000 sport climbers visit Kalymnos every year. The rock in Kalymnos is top- quality limestone and free of loose rock. Here you can find 80 sport crags with more than 2300 routes that are pre-equipped with permanent drilled-in bolts. The routes have varying degrees of difficulty and are suitable for the beginners and experts.
Located around 300km from Melbourne in a town Natimuk, this location is called the heart and soul of traditional climbing in Australia. Here you can find over 2000 quality routes which is almost unreal because Arapiles is a fairly small mountain, made of hard quartzite rock. The climbing here is essentially protected, you can find a few bolts around but they are mainly in the harder stuff and in places where natural gear won’t be enough. The rock offers climbing at all levels, including those among the world’s hardest. The great thing about Arapiles is that it’s an all year round crag, so even in the height of the summer you can easily find a shaded line. If you are planning to visit this mountain, you can easily camp on site for approx. 6 $ per night.
Only a short flight from Europe, 125km southeast of Agadir, Tafraoute is becoming a mecca for climbers who are searching for easily accessible adventure and climbing. This beautiful mountain terrain is easy to access, with many of the crags within a twenty minute walk from the road. This whole area is not fully developed and this is the reason why it offers excellent opportunities for developing new routes. You can choose from variety of climbing ranging from bouldering to long multi-pitch routes up to 800m long. There is also a wide range of grades to choose from, especially in the lower range, so you will have no trouble finding one that fits your needs.