|By Steven Groetken |
From Tucson, AZ
Feb 7, 2013
Knew I'd get chastised for that one, but sadly getting people out to a crag can be the hardest part in introduction to the sport and long drives don't help.
+1 for jailhouse and windy point. Any suggestion efr gives is a good one. He literally wrote the book. Windy point may be better for your situation. It's REALLY popular for tourists,(those who decide not to climb won't be sitting at the base bored) the practice cliff is a 1 minute walk from parking, killer views, great photo ops and 5.easy top rope for those in your party who have never touched rock. Plenty of other options around if you want to break off and do a few leads.
Gear can also be rented at either of the climbing gyms (rocks and ropes, the bloc) and I believe summit hut does too if you don't have enough gear to go around.