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I want to plan a trip out of the country. Any suggestions for my first time?


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I want to plan a trip out of the country. Any suggestions for my first time?
Canada
Thailand
Spain
Italy

You might get responses that are actually useful if you aren't so vague. What are you looking for?
grades
sport or trad
alpine or cragging
time of year
style of climbing
etc


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I want to plan a trip out of the country. Any suggestions for my first time?

Check out places in South America, Europe, Asia, Australia... I even hear there's some cool places in Africa.

All else fails, you could always go to Canada.


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Yeah I was pretty vague. Sport climbing crags either top rope or lead climbing. Also guide book recommendations would be helpful. Thanks.


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What other languages do you speak? Where have you been climbing? the world has a lot of variety.

I like Spain, Mexico, Canada, France, Thailand and I need to spend time in Italy too. All these countries are great destinations for sport climbers although Spain sport routes and Thai sport routes tend to be spicy for different reasons. That's why it is important to know what kind of climbs you are looking for.


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I want to plan a trip out of the country. Any suggestions for my first time?

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Yeah I was pretty vague. Sport climbing crags either top rope or lead climbing. Also guide book recommendations would be helpful. Thanks.
You're still not giving enough information for helpful replies.


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Thanks everyone for your helpful replies!


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ashtre wrote:
Yeah I was pretty vague. Sport climbing crags either top rope or lead climbing. Also guide book recommendations would be helpful. Thanks.

Have a look here http://212.124.123.214/climbing/world

Europe has a huge number of routes but a big percentage are trad. One city in Australia, Sydney (within a 2 hr drive of CBD), has more sports routes than most countries around the world.

It also depends on what sort of rock you want: sandstone, limestone, granite etc ?


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Hard to say given the limited amount of information you've given. Are you going for a week, two weeks? A month? Three months?

The shorter your vacation, the easier I'd recommend the travel to be. If you only have a week or two, pick one spot and figure out how to get there quickly. Eliminate anything that you can't get to in one push (so nothing with mandatory layovers).

Its hard, for me, to justify a trip outside of North America (that includes Mexico, folks) shorter than a month.

There are awesome sport climbing destinations in Spain and Italy. Use the routes section here to help narrow your search. You can find English guidebooks when you get there, or start asking here after you've narrowed down your search.


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I hear the southern Hemisphere has some good climbing somewhere in it.


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Kartessa wrote:
ashtre wrote:
I want to plan a trip out of the country. Any suggestions for my first time?

Check out places in South America, Europe, Asia, Australia... I even hear there's some cool places in Africa.

All else fails, you could always go to Canada.

Throw Antarctica in the mix so all the continents are represented Tongue


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In addition to this your budget "might" be a concern...

Some areas are less expensive.

If you are just wanting to climb outside the US I'd think about what area would be interesting to visit.

I can offer some advice for Germany and some European areas, but then knowing you time, budget and experience are important.


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I'd love to do Brazil. Rio supposedly has hundreds of bolted routes, many of them multi-pitch(up to 1000 feet), and easy(5.3-5.10). Potrero looks awesome, but it seems like you need to be able to climb 5.10 all day if you're going to get the most of it, if the online guides are telling the truth. Rio sounds way more beginner friendly.


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I'd love to do Brazil. Rio supposedly has hundreds of bolted routes, many of them multi-pitch(up to 1000 feet), and easy(5.3-5.10). Potrero looks awesome, but it seems like you need to be able to climb 5.10 all day if you're going to get the most of it, if the online guides are telling the truth. Rio sounds way more beginner friendly.

Not true for Potrero -- lots of good stuff, multi-pitch, in the sub-5.10 or with occasional bits of 5.10 in it. Also, I found the grades at EPC... forgiving a lot of the time.


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