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By kennyp
From Las Cruces
Nov 25, 2012
Street Hassle

Looking for some goods ideas of places to go. We are looking for somewhere we can do a good bit of climbing but would like to have some fun rest day activities, and we also don't want to be dirtbagging it (for once). We'll be on vacation for 10-14 days, and it will be at the first week in July. Thus finding somewhere cool enough to climb that time of year my be tricky. We're looking for a sport climbing area with a high concentration of 10's-12's. We are considering anywhere in the world but closer areas with cheaper flights and less expensive areas are more appealing.

So where should we go? Thanks for your ideas.


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By John D
Nov 25, 2012

The two ideas that popped into my head for that time of year were squamish and rumney. Squamish isn't really a sport climbing mecca so it's probably not the best idea. Rumney could work though, there's plenty of good sport climbing, it's a beautiful area and I think you'll find enough to keep you entertained when you're not climbing. I'd bet there's a good bed and breakfast or some kind of rustic lodge that would be nice.


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By adam brink
From Boulder, CO
Nov 25, 2012
Arlo in all his magnificence.

Rodellar, Spain! The crags are shaded and you can climb there all summer.


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By Jon Zucco
From Denver, CO
Nov 25, 2012
yaak crack Red Rock Canyon, NV

Greece or Spain. Or consider the Dolomites at the foothills of the Italian Alps. ALL in very romantic get-away type areas... Dolomites don't have too many documented bolted routes but I think they are there. Haven't been yet. Planning a trip for this summer.


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By dylanfllr
Nov 25, 2012

I think Norway could be really cool if it's in season. Should be by then, and all kinds of cool things to see when you're not climbing. Squamish might not be reliably dry by then, but it is pretty for sure and you could always climb at Checkamus. If you like pockets and short cliffs Wild Iris is really pretty too.


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By camhead
From Vandalia, Appalachia
Nov 25, 2012
You stay away from mah pig!

My wife and I honeymooned in Squamish, in mid-August. It was awesome; quality food every night, stayed at the Howe Sound Inn, and even climbed a bit, between rainstorms.

If you were interested in sport more than trad, you may want to check out the Lake Louise area in Alberta? I've not been there, but it's supposed to be a nice summer destination.


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By Woodchuck ATC
Nov 25, 2012
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

A Miguels 'honeymoon suite' down at the Red,,,can't go wrong with that for money spent.


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By Steven Lucarelli
From Moab, UT
Nov 25, 2012
Showing off Johns almighty poop tube on the top of El Cap, after climbing the Nose.

I would second Lake Louise and/or the Canmore area. Plenty of good sport climbing and Canmore & Banff are great towns to hang out in. There is also good Mnt. biking around that area if your into that.


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By Jason Haas
From Broomfield, CO
Nov 25, 2012

I know you said sport climbing areas, and I'm not much of a boulderer myself, but my wife and I honeymooned on Virgin Gorda in the Virgin Islands. It was amazing! Beachside bouldering from V0 to V10, world-class beaches with snorkeling and scuba diving, lazy honeymoon sunset walks, etc. Check out Guavaberry Resorts for a place to stay - they have reasonable rates for their private villas, which also has a kitchenette in it, which also brings the overall trip price down a bit. We were there for two weeks in the middle of June a few years ago. It was hot, but not too bad since you're right on the water and the trade winds whip all the way from Africa over to there!


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By john strand
From southern colo
Nov 25, 2012

Tahoe- that's where we went BITD and it's great. Awesome granite, all kinds of routes and a really nice lake. You can mtn bike, gamble, swim, climb and just look around.


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By S. Neoh
Nov 25, 2012

Best time of the year to visit Rumney is late Sep to mid/late Oct. Late March and early April can be nice but it is more hit or miss. July can be OK but also can be hot, humid, and overly buggy. I think out West or Canada would be better for July.


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By lucander
From Stone Ridge, NY
Nov 25, 2012
Lucander off the GT Ledge on p. 2 of Keep on Struttin.

We honeymooned in Maine, Devil's Tower, and South Dakota Needles - and my wife still hasn't left me even though I work all the time, ugly, pale, and week =)

+ 1 on Squamish, we spent a month there this summer and it was easily the most livable place I've visited.

Rumney seems to offer what you're looking for, don't miss easy access to AMC huts in the White Mountains (google it) - a bit spendy and I've never done it, but folks love the lightweight hiking and sunsets after dinner.

The Gunks does not have your grade range covered well, but there's lots of wineries, b&b action, waterfalls, and easy access climbing.

And the New River Gorge - Honeymooners Ladders!


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By NC Rock Climber
From The Oven, AKA Phoenix
Nov 25, 2012
tanuki

It might be a little hot in Vegas at that time, but my wife and I got married there in May, climbed in Red Rocks for a few days, drove to the Grand Canyon, climbed for a few days at Jacks Canyon and stayed at La Posada in Winslow, the finished back at Vegas / Red Rocks. We chased the shade everywhere we went and had no problems with the heat.


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By Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Nov 25, 2012
Epic free solo with a pack on

The AMC hut system is outstanding. Stayed at them a lot as a kid with my dad and siblings and they are awesome. Not really honeymoon type of lodging, though, unless you are really not shy in the sack! Haha


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By Mellow Yellow
Nov 25, 2012

How often do you plan on honeymoonin'?

Go to Spain!

You'll get to Squamish (easily one of my favorite cragging destinations) eventually if you live in North America. Lake Louise is incredibly picturesque as well, but I believe your options for quality sportclimbing will be limited there compared to what I've heard about Spain. I also get the sense that your dollar will go farther in Spain than in Canada these days.


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By Adam Sanders
From Louisville, CO
Nov 25, 2012
things are looking up

My wife and I went to Arco, Italy and loved it. It's gorgeous, there are a ton of nice places to eat, things to do, and lots of crags. We stayed in an agriturisimo which is basically a small family owned farm that rents out rooms to stay profitable, and it was great. Not very expensive, but had a kitchenette and a balcony overlooking the valley - and fresh cherries right from the tree outside! Have fun wherever you go!


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By Princess Mia
From Vail
Nov 26, 2012
Chillin' at City of Rocks

Honeymoon climbing....... Hmmmmm
To me it seems pretty clear that you shall make it a sport to climb on each other, you can even push the grade quite a bit, there will always be good jugs ........and if you want to include a little trad climbing......well there are cracks to explore that are typically perfect for natural protection. And don't forget to practice inverting, a very useful skill.


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By Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Nov 26, 2012
Epic free solo with a pack on

Princess Mia wrote:
Honeymoon climbing....... Hmmmmm To me it seems pretty clear that you shall make it a sport to climb on each other, you can even push the grade quite a bit, there will always be good jugs ........and if you want to include a little trad climbing......well there are cracks to explore that are typically perfect for natural protection. And don't forget to practice inverting, a very useful skill.



The best part is, a little wetness doesn't ruin the day, and a lot of wetness can make for a very memorable climb!


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By kennyp
From Las Cruces
Nov 26, 2012
Street Hassle

Thanks everybody for the suggestions. I'm liking the idea of being right by da beach... I just an artcile in Climbing about Puerto Rico. I imagine it would be pretty hot and hummid there in July though...?


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By john strand
From southern colo
Nov 26, 2012

AH- princess Mia - you are an evil temptress


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By NorCalNomad
From San Francisco
Nov 26, 2012

+1 for Tahoe if you stay stateside


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By Princess Mia
From Vail
Nov 28, 2012
Chillin' at City of Rocks

kennyp wrote:
. I imagine it would be pretty hot and hummid there...?


Yeah!!!! It is your honeymoon, so that's a good thing, right???


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By Steven Groetken
From Tucson, AZ
Nov 28, 2012
On top of Hitchcock Pinnacle.

If you're looking for value (I hesitate to use cheap since its a honeymoon, but in effect it is) Tucson is a viable option. Mt. Lemmon has close to 2,000 routes, with most along the highway bolted and extremely easy to access. It is definitely a 10+ mountain and a a large amount are above 7000 feet, so summer temps stay in the 80s.

Since you're from the Southwest, you know how snowbirds flock in the winter but migrate in the summer leaving behind their beloved B&Bs at cut rate prices. There's plenty of stuff to do on down days, dude ranches, jeep tours, side trips to Sedona and Cottonwood wine country blah bleh bluh. Even if its not honeymoon central, you're right down the road, so extended weekend trips are always there. (Oh, and there's plenty of beach here, just not much ocean).


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By Danger-Russ Gordon
From Tempe, AZ
Nov 28, 2012
Slope on a rope

My wife and I went to Leavenworth and Index in WA and Loved it!


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By Josh
From Golden, CO
Nov 28, 2012
Stairway to Heaven (pitch 3)

If you can splurge for the airfare (it is a honeymoon after all), how about Thailand? Railay and Tonsai are mobbed, but the surroundings really are beautiful, and the whole rest day thing is perfect-- inexpensive beachfront hotels with endless supplies of fruity drinks and Thai foot massage. Only problem is you probably don't want to go in July; more like February. So, go to Lake Louise this coming summer for a mini-moon and then plan a winter trip to Thailand. In fact, scheduling a honeymoon about every six months would be a pretty great way to maintain a healthy marriage, if not a healthy bank account...


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By TobinPetty
From Boise, ID
Nov 28, 2012
Somewhere across the fruited plains.

St George, UT. World Class on a budget.


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