Best Single Pitch Trad


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Zachary Winters · · Mazama, Washington · Joined Aug 2014 · Points: 25

OK friends: what, in your opinion, is the best single pitch trad climbing in or out of the US? Favorites of mine include Squamish and Indian Creek (and non-creek desert crags). Let's keep this one positive :) Ok, go!

(searched MP, and didn't find this thread already - is that possible?)

Ed Wade · · Hermann, MO · Joined Aug 2012 · Points: 750

New River

plantmandan · · Brighton, CO · Joined Sep 2010 · Points: 0

1) Joshua Tree
2) J-Tree
3) Josh

Matt Himmelstein · · Orange, California · Joined Jun 2014 · Points: 95

Suicide (OK, 70m pitch) and J Tree

Sirius · · Oakland, CA · Joined Nov 2003 · Points: 515

It's still Yosemite.
Take pitch 7 of the Rostrum, for example. One of the best pitches in the world.
Pitch 23 of the Salathe? A winner.
Etc etc etc

Not allowed to count pitches off the deck, I'd still say Yosemite. Some amazing P1's there, and all kinds of good single-pitch climbs.

20 kN · · Hawaii · Joined Feb 2009 · Points: 1,128

Indian Creek hands down.

Theriault · · Quebec, Quebec · Joined Apr 2011 · Points: 168

Gunks

Zachary Winters · · Mazama, Washington · Joined Aug 2014 · Points: 25

Right on good choices. Yeah I was shooting for trad cragging, but your right that lots of p1 are worthy.

How about international favorites?

keithconn · · LI, NY · Joined Jan 2015 · Points: 0

Single pitch should imply ground to top in in one pitch. Not the 9th pitch of some wall out west.

Being from the east coast in going to agree on the Gunks. However the wife and I did a memorable pitch in mass. Leominster it was. And it was pretty insane!

eli poss · · Durango, Co · Joined May 2014 · Points: 136

T-wall

jasoncm · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2012 · Points: 0

Arapiles!

20 kN · · Hawaii · Joined Feb 2009 · Points: 1,128

Wall Street in Moab is pretty nice. Indian Creek splitters but with zero approach and add to the fact that there are some sport climbs there too. Now if only it was 50x larger, we would be talking.

James Ellis · · Seattle, Washington · Joined Aug 2008 · Points: 55

Index or Trout Creek

Seth Derr · · harrisburg, pa · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 1,860

New River Gorge.

Sam Stephens · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2010 · Points: 740

New River Gorge

John Lombardi · · Cheyenne, WY · Joined Aug 2013 · Points: 163

Vedauwoo

Guy Keesee · · Moorpark, CA · Joined Mar 2008 · Points: 105

Wherever you find it....

David Gibbs · · Ottawa, ON · Joined Aug 2010 · Points: 6

Stanage Edge.
Joshua Tree.
Smoke Bluffs, Squamish.

For choices where I don't have to commit to flying there:

Montagne d'Argent, Quebec
Val David, Quebec

David Coley · · UK · Joined Oct 2013 · Points: 0

Now, I haven't climbed at Indian Creek (not sure how I have let that happen), so that might be the best I guess, however I've climbed at the others mentioned, and I would go for Peak Gritstone (England) and Pembroke (Welsh sea cliffs). The latter is limestone, which isn't normally thought off as great trad, but boy is it good.

Both places are great over a very wide range of grades (although only 5.9 up in the case of Pembroke, but the 5.9s are fantastic).

Stich · · Colorado Springs, Colorado · Joined Jan 2001 · Points: 1,240
eli poss wrote:T-wall
I have to say, that's an amazing place!
WyomingSummits · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 0
David Coley wrote:Now, I haven't climbed at Indian Creek (not sure how I have let that happen), so that might be the best I guess, however I've climbed at the others mentioned, and I would go for Peak Gritstone (England) and Pembroke (Welsh sea cliffs). The latter is limestone, which isn't normally thought off as great trad, but boy is it good. Both places are great over a very wide range of grades (although only 5.9 up in the case of Pembroke, but the 5.9s are fantastic).
I've climbed at Pembroke too, but I think the weather axes it in my book. I have to go with J Tree for that reason. February in J Tree can't be beat!
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