The five best climbing holidays
Fancy hanging off a mountain, but have only tried out the monkey bars in the park? Well, here's some climbing holidays to get you started. Serious adventure could soon be yours, with nary a Rizla-licking teenager in sight...climbing phenomenon Sierra Blair-Coyle is our guide.
If you want to climb Everest, you’ll need £30,000 and the ability to operate on 70% less oxygen than at sea level. Probably best to take up running, then. If you want to improve your skills, World Cup climber and social media phenomenon Sierra Blair-Coyle can point you in the right direction for the best rock climbing holidays in the world.
"Located in the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, the island of Kalymnos offers a wide variety of rock climbing for all abilities. The only thing that rivals the colossal escarpments are the incredible views over the Aegean. Go in September for the International Climbing Festival and pick up tips from world class pro's." More information on Kalymnos climbing.
"The big boulders at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains are a must-visit destination for anyone looking to test their limits on rock. With over 300 days of sunshine and some insane topography (check out Owens River Gorge canyon), Bishop enjoys an awesome reputation.
Rocklands, South Africa
"Situated three hours north of Cape Town, these surreal, bullet-hard sandstone rock formations come with suitably-freaky names such as 'Monkey Wedding'. Despite the long journey to South Africa, the Rocklands does not disappoint. Though renowned for bouldering, it also has impressive sport and trad rock climbing routes.
Red River Gorge, Kentucky
"With hundreds of routes to choose from, you can't go wrong at Red River Gorge. Blessed with spectacular waterfalls and caves, it's a great area for all levels of climbers. There's something for everyone, from The Motherlode to the Bruisebrothers Wall.
"Nestled just south of Paris, Fontainebleau is one of the most prominent bouldering areas in the world. Alpine climbers have been honing their skills here since the 18th century and it's still a great place to battle some unforgiving sandstone lines." Coaching holiday information for wanna-be rock climbing.
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