North America Rock Climbing
Cachi, Costa Rica
This page is home to all of the North American, Central American, & Carribean Island countries excluding the United States. For information on the US, please refer to the area page for the pertinent State.
North America is a vast continent that stretches from near the Equator to beyond the Arctic Circle. The climate & landscape is extremely varied, from baking deserts, to tropical rainforests, to ice-covered alpine mountains. The climbing is just as varied, offering every imaginable type of climbing, from bouldering to big wall climbing; deep water soloing to high altitude mountaineering.
Destinations for Alpinists include the Canadian Rockies of Alberta
& British Columbia
, or the towering volcanos
of Mexico. Trad climbers will enjoy the legendary sweeping granite of Squamish
, or the remote towers of the forbidding Cirque of the Unclimbables
. Sport climbers might enjoy a warm winter vacation to the towering limestone walls of El Potrero Chico
or the odd basalt of Panama
, or cool summer destinations like Skaha
Destinations to the Great White North are often best accessed by automobile. Driving over the border is safe & easy, but be sure you have your documents in order (see below). For most destinations to the South, air travel is the most convenient approach. Some destinations in northern Mexico (such as El Potrero Chico
are often approached via car.
Federal laws require a valid US passport for return travel to the US. While you may be able to exit the country, you can't get back in. Details on how to obtain a passport can be found here.
There are a few complicated exceptions to this rule if returning from Canada or Mexico via automobile (or foot/bicycle). Details can be found here for Canada
and here for Mexico
. Note that the "exceptions" are probably are not really any simpler than just getting a passport.
Visa requirements vary from country to country. No visa is required for Canada for stays up to 180 days. Mexico requires a "Tourist Card" which is readily available at border crossing, or often included in the price of airfare. To ensure your trip goes smoothly, visit the US State Department's Country Specific Page
at the early planning stage, for precise info regarding visas, vaccinations, or any other requirements.
Refer to each countries page for details on the local currency. Current exchange rates can be found here.
Weather station 7.6 miles from here
7,796 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',964],['3 Stars',2812],['2 Stars',2504],['1 Star',804],['Bomb',64]
Classic Climbing Routes in North America
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for North America:
Featured Route For North America
The Grand Wall 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
A0 North America
: ... : Grand Wall Area
This is THE route at Squamish. It has is all: perfect rock, great setting, runout slab, stellar crack, strenuous laybacking, delicate face, and many variations.The first ascent was a 40 day epic, beautifully documented in the film "In the Shadow of the Chief" available from fringefilmworks.com/It was finally freed at 5.13b in 2000 by Scott Cosgrove and Annie Overlin using a number of variations.You can get to the base of the Split Pillar by one of the routes listed in the Area descrip...[more] Browse More Classics in International