Elevation: 1,267 ft
GPS: 39.24073, -97.22829
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Description

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.

Getting There

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.

Travel Information

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at North America

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 320
West Ridge
Trad, Alpine
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 580
Klahanie Crack
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 269
North East Ridge
Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 174
The Spirit of Squamish
Trad 8 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 326
Star Chek
Sport 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 536
Penny Lane
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 220
Beckey-Chouinard
Trad, Alpine 15 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 518
Exasperator
Trad 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c A0
 372
The Grand Wall
Trad, Aid 9 pitches
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c
 105
Sunshine Crack
Trad, Alpine 11 pitches
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 304
Crime of the Century
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 81
Freeway
Trad 11 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 93
High Plains Drifter
Trad 3 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 214
El Sendero Diablo (The Devil's P…
Sport 6 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 394
Time Wave Zero
Sport 23 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
West Ridge Canada > … > Bugaboos > Pigeon Spire
 320
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, Alpine
Klahanie Crack Canada > … > Shannon Falls > Shannon Falls Wall
 580
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
North East Ridge Canada > … > Bugaboos > Bugaboo Spire
 269
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
The Spirit of Squamish Canada > … > Shannon Falls > Shannon Falls Wall
 174
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 8 pitches
Star Chek Canada > … > Gorge > Galaxy Buttress
 326
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 3 pitches
Penny Lane Canada > … > Smoke Bluffs > Penny Lane
 536
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Beckey-Chouinard Canada > … > Howser Towers > S Howser Tower
 220
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 15 pitches
Exasperator Canada > … > Stawamus Chief > Grand Wall Base Area
 518
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
The Grand Wall Canada > … > Stawamus Chief > Grand Wall Area
 372
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c A0 Trad, Aid 9 pitches
Sunshine Crack Canada > … > Bugaboos > Snowpatch Spire
 105
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine 11 pitches
Crime of the Century Canada > … > Smoke Bluffs > Penny Lane
 304
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Freeway Canada > … > Stawamus Chief > Dihedrals
 81
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 11 pitches
High Plains Drifter Canada > … > Stawamus Chief > Sheriff's Badge
 93
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 3 pitches
El Sendero Diablo (The Devi… Mexico > … > El Potrero Chico > Outrage Wall
 214
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport 6 pitches
Time Wave Zero Mexico > … > El Potrero Chico > Timewave Buttress
 394
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport 23 pitches
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