foreign climbers needing help, PLEASE


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Natalia Sanchez · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2016 · Points: 0

Hi. We are two Colombian climbers (very nice, friendly people actually) seeking to climb in RRG in from Oct 16th through October 29th) and we would like to get some advices about how much we could spend there during two weeks, saving tips. is it safe to leave passports on a tent? Cheap accomodation? and all useful information. Can we get there from Lexington by bus? Can we arrange carpooling with other climbers? We Will appreciate any help. Probably we will arrive from Colombia to Nashville, is anyone traveling on those dates?

davidbr · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2008 · Points: 10

If you have no vehicle, you are probably best to stay at Miguel's. It costs 2 dollars per person to camp there and there will be a lot of climbers there, so you have a good chance of getting a ride to the climbing areas. There is no grocery store within walking distance, so you will want to get your food before you arrive at Miguel's. I doubt that you can get there by bus, but you might find someone who can give you a ride from Lexington by posting on redriverclimbing.com. Things should be safe in your tent at Miguel's but I would take my passport to the crag. It will be safe in your pack.
Miguel also has a few cheap rooms (I don't know what they cost exactly), though they may already be reserved.

Loganator · · blue van, on the highway to no · Joined Jan 2012 · Points: 230

The field where you camp at Miguel's can be quite swampy. Bring a good tent and prepare for mud! Don't worry about food, if you eat a Miguel's pizza every day you will be a 5.14 climber in two weeks.

FrankPS · · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 15

Don't leave any valuables (laptop, passport, money) in your tent. Anywhere in the USA. Enjoy your visit.

Natalia Sanchez · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2016 · Points: 0

Thnx so much guys, we are trying to arrange a ride from Nashville, if we can't find anything our plan B is going to be Denver, not bad?

mark felber · · Wheat Ridge, CO · Joined Jul 2005 · Points: 28

If you don't have a vehicle, climbing around Denver is going to be very difficult. Actually, you would probably be better off renting a car for the duration of your stay no matter where you want to climb.

Mike Lane · · Centennial, CO · Joined Jan 2006 · Points: 210

Denver would be a more complicated visit. You would need quite a few friends to escort you around.
Try to let everyone know as early as possible if you are coming here instead.

Benandstuff · · Winston-Salem, NC · Joined Apr 2015 · Points: 378

Change the thread title to reflect the dates and the location (RRG). That will help you find people.

Denver is not a good plan B. Everything looks close together on Mountainproject but in reality things are just farther apart out West and you will need a car. Finding camping is very competitive. There are less people who visit the Front Range as a destination and tons more who live there and climb on weekends, meaning less consistent carpooling Monday-Friday for you.

That said, I don't know what the best plan B would be. Somewhere that isn't a huge, crowded city, and with centrally located crags. Chattanooga, maybe?

Tim Fry · · Charlotte NC · Joined Jun 2012 · Points: 10

Boy, I'm trying to think of a place anywhere in the states where you can be carless and still have good access to climbing, plus be able to get food, etc. It's tough.

RRG is probably one of the best options, once you get yourself there. You shouldn't have much trouble bumming rides around to the crags.

Other options... maybe Seneca Rocks? It's not as world class as the Red, but it's still really good climbing. Same problem as the Red with needing to get there first though.

Yosemite seems like it'd be pretty easy to do carless. Again, once you're there. Not sure if there are good bus-in options to the valley from the airports. Someone on here will know that though.

gblauer Blauer · · Wayne, PA · Joined Jul 2008 · Points: 705

Don't go to the US. Go to Hidalgo Mexico, El Potrero Chico. You don't need a car, camping is cheap, food is cheap, beer is cheap.

Tim Fry · · Charlotte NC · Joined Jun 2012 · Points: 10

EPC is a great carless destination, but it could still be pretty hot in Oct.

Hiro Kurotsuchi · · Colorado · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 200

I agree that Denver would not be a good option, you'll spend half your day every day traveling.

Maybe Boulder though? You can take the N bus from town up into Boulder Canyon. You can walk from town to climbing on the Flatirons. It only stops at certain places, but would give you access to many things. And you can probably catch rides with people up and down the canyon. The problem with Boulder is that it is expensive and lacks a hostel.

This place is up in the canyon and fairly new.
http://a-lodge.com/

Trevor. · · Boise, ID · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 741
Tim Fry wrote:...Yosemite seems like it'd be pretty easy to do carless. Again, once you're there. Not sure if there are good bus-in options to the valley from the airports. Someone on here will know that though.
Fly to San Jose. Take Amtrak or bus to Merced. Then YARTS to the valley. Easy to get around on the shuttles once you're here. Buy groceries in Merced though, they're super expensive at the store in Yosemite.
Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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