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By Robert Hack
May 3, 2012

I'm planning on spending July and August of this year climbing in the US.

What are people's recommendations for destinations that are the easiest to pick up climbing partners if one is travelling alone?

An area that offers multipitch trad routes would be a bonus, as would any destinations in Colorado although I would be willing to travel as far as Canada or Mexico.


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By JCM
From Seattle, WA
May 3, 2012

Robert Hack wrote:
I'm planning on spending July and August of this year climbing in the US. What are people's recommendations for destinations that are the easiest to pick up climbing partners if one is travelling alone? An area that offers multipitch trad routes would be a bonus, as would any destinations in Colorado although I would be willing to travel as far as Canada or Mexico.


For multi-pitch trad, in July and August, with a plenitude of partners available, Squamish is by far the best choice.

There are many other places with good summer trad climbing, but none of them offer the sort of lively campground scene and easy partner-finding that Squamish has.

Weather is usually pretty good in July and August, although rainy spells do happen. With two months, though, you'll be fine for waiting out the occasional 3-day rainy spell.


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By Roger Harris
From Boulder, CO
May 3, 2012
Roger Harris belaying at Trash Can Rock

The Estes Park Valley, with Lumpy Ridge multi-pitch gear climbs, alpine "day" routes in RMNP, a strong MP partner-finder population of climbers. Routes 5.6 to 5.11, grade II to IV, predicable weather (occasional afternoon thunderstorms).


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By Auto-X Fil
From NEPA and Upper Jay, NY
May 3, 2012

For two months... Squamish would be pretty awesome. It's enough time to wait out rainy spells, and there's lots of non-climbing activity.

The campground is phenomenal. Very chill, right at the wall (no car needed), lots of partners.

And the rock... Smoke Bluffs and other crags for single pitch practice, and then tons of classic routes up a monster wall of perfect granite.


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