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Booking a last minute 10d/2 wk trip sport climbing for end of April we climb 5.10s comfortably - considering Kalymnos and Puerto Rico (been to Thailand/Turkey recently) looking for something with easy logistics/relaxing with lots of good sport routes...suggestions? Thanks in advance!


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Booking a last minute 10d/2 wk trip sport climbing for end of April we climb 5.10s comfortably - considering Kalymnos and Puerto Rico (been to Thailand/Turkey recently) looking for something with easy logistics/relaxing with lots of good sport routes...suggestions? Thanks in advance!

try http://www.kayak.com for a good idea of airfares.

Where are you coming from?


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Toronto but we're looking at Europe/States/anywhere reasonable for late april and 10d/2 wk timeframe from here. thanks!


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Toronto but we're looking at Europe/States/anywhere reasonable for late april and 10d/2 wk timeframe from here. thanks!
Skaha, Penticton, BC


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There are tons of places, whats your budget?


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More worried about easy logistics/timeframe of 10ds to 2 wks leaving from Toronto, sport climbing with lots of 5.10s, safe, looking at Europe, possibly southern states or south america...any suggestions greatly appreciated.


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El Potrero Chico, Mexico?

Lots and lots of sport climbing in your range. Easy walking to/from crag, and to/from town for shopping. Lifts to/from airport fairly easy to arrange.

It will be starting to get a bit warm, but still very climbable.


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El Potrero Chico, Mexico?

Lots and lots of sport climbing in your range. Easy walking to/from crag, and to/from town for shopping. Lifts to/from airport fairly easy to arrange.

It will be starting to get a bit warm, but still very climbable.

There you go... don't give more details, don't get more suggestions.


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scoutallison wrote:
More worried about easy logistics/timeframe of 10ds to 2 wks leaving from Toronto, sport climbing with lots of 5.10s, safe, looking at Europe, possibly southern states or south america...any suggestions greatly appreciated.

5.10 climber at what gym?


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Potrero Chico, World Capital of Big Wall Sport Climbing.

The way the walls are oriented there is always shade.


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potreroed wrote:
Potrero Chico, World Capital of Big Wall Sport Climbing.

The way the walls are oriented there is always shade.

Why not just go someplace that's in season instead.


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End of April - The New River Gorge should be pretty good temp wise. I know it's not a very exotic location from Ontario, but it's got the climbing you're looking for, has a great town right there with lots of extra things to do in the area.

Another benefit is that you can drive there and won't have to rent a car. Also, if at last minute the weather doesn't look great you can consider heading to another area (perhaps Rumney or someplace in Quebec).

Hopefully you can find more into on Europe stuff, I only really know stuff in NA.


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granite_grrl wrote:
potreroed wrote:
Potrero Chico, World Capital of Big Wall Sport Climbing.

The way the walls are oriented there is always shade.

Why not just go someplace that's in season instead.

Potrero Chico is always in season--you can climb comfortably year-round. If you're coming for the social scene then, yeah, come around New Years when there are hundreds of other climbers here from all over the globe.


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Red River Gorge also meets your requirement if you're going to have a car. Literally hundreds of 5.10's, mega cheap camping, free climbing (though you should donate) and easy to get to.


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Thanks for all the helpful replies!


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I would second the vote for Skaha in Penticton. 50% of the routes there are around 5.10 and it's great weather in April!


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jp_sucks wrote:
I would second the vote for Skaha in Penticton. 50% of the routes there are around 5.10 and it's great weather in April!
And of the 1200 or so routes, ~65% are sport climbs. 5.10-5.11 is really the sweet spot of Skaha climbing, although there are lots of great 12's too (or so I hear since I can't get up a 12). Don't discount a lot of really good 8s and 9s, too.

There's a Facebook group: I love Skaha
...and an infrequently updated web site: http://skaha.org/

If you go, make sure you get the latest guidebook (published 2011?) due to the many new routes, some changes to existing routes, and, especially, the new access from the new parking lots and changes to the trail system since the previous guide. You'll go bat-shit insane trying to use the older guidebooks.


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