Miguel's/Camp 4 Equivalents for other crags?


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DanielJames · · Custer, SD · Joined Aug 2016 · Points: 95

I'm very familiar with Miguel's at the Red River Gorge and have heard much of Camp 4 at Yosemite.  I was wondering what other sites are prominent as ever-busy climber campgrounds at crags that work as really good places for camp and find other people to climb with?

Are there any others with similar levels of prominence as Miguel's and Camp 4 that I'm ignorant of?

RobG814 · · Wilmington, NC · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 335

Maybe the American Alpine Club campground at New River Gorge

Jon Frisby · · Brooklyn, NY · Joined Feb 2013 · Points: 100

City Park in Lander Wyoming

Rifle campground

Todd Bruns · · Golden , Colorado · Joined Sep 2014 · Points: 0

 Shelf Rd campground is pretty much all climbers

Adam Fleming · · Moab, Utah · Joined Jun 2015 · Points: 303

Hidden Valley in J-Tree

ViperScale · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2013 · Points: 230

http://www.lillypadhopyardbrewery.com/ (campground / micro brewery run by basically climbers) for the obed in TN

Kalil Oldham · · Brooklyn, NY · Joined Aug 2006 · Points: 55

Good question. 

I've seen a lot of communal climbing scenes, and a couple stand out as really stellar in my memory: Frank's yard at Devils Tower and the Bivy at Smith Rock. I had an amazing experience at both places. Maybe it was the place, maybe the climbing, the partners, or just my frame of mind at the time. But they were great. 

The AAC campground at the NRG is coming along (communal area is a little small), as is the AAC campground at the Gunks (though priced somewhat prohibitively, it's got a nice communal area). La Posada in EPC is great. Of course, if I'm set for partners then my preferred camping is a bit more off the beaten track in many places (I'd still go to Frank's and the Bivy, but maybe not to Miguel's or Camp 4). So many great remote places in the desert, but not communal.

Makes me want to start planning a trip!

Michael Hahn · · Roseville, CA · Joined Oct 2016 · Points: 0

P.V. Pit in Bishop is definitely a climber campground, cheap as hell too. 

Emmerson · · Portland OR · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 15

The Bivy at Smith Rock

Tyler Metheney · · St Louis · Joined Sep 2016 · Points: 0

HCR at the right time of year is littered  with climbers. I'm fairly new so I don't know if it would match up with camp 4 or miguel's. Look forward to finding out though.

GDavis · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2008 · Points: 10

random places in the woods for  Yosemite

Swanky hotels for the trustafarians at buttermilks

Bivying I guess somewhere in Idyllwild

Driving around park blvd for like a day in Joshua Tree

these are just where I see climbers spending there time

richard aiken · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2008 · Points: 0

Are you only looking in the USA? If not, I can post some from other countries

Nick Goldsmith · · Pomfret VT · Joined Aug 2009 · Points: 440

I thought miguels was in The new?  stayed there once maybe 12  or so years ago. not a flat spot in the whole campground.....  princess Snowbird in Seneca. the forest circus campground at the base of Wild Iris. the Climbers Ranch in the tetons, the free spot behind Chapel Pond. Bunch of places I won't mention on the internet......

ViperScale · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2013 · Points: 230
Nick Goldsmith wrote:

I thought miguels was in The new?  stayed there once maybe 12  or so years ago. not a flat spot in the whole campground.....  princess Snowbird in Seneca. the forest circus campground at the base of Wild Iris. the Climbers Ranch in the tetons, the free spot behind Chapel Pond. Bunch of places I won't mention on the internet......

No miguels is red river gorge in Kentucky. The new river gorge is West Virginia.

DanielJames · · Custer, SD · Joined Aug 2016 · Points: 95

Thanks everyone for all the locations!

re: Viperscale w/ the Lilly Pad at Obed

When I'm back down in TN I'll be sure to check that out again, a few of my friends said it was pretty barren when they stayed there but it was also mid August so I can't really say I'm surprised

re: Kalil Oldham w/ Frank's yard at Devils Tower

That is really good to hear! I'll be out that way a bit this summer

re: richard aiken about non-US

I suppose US is most relevant for my interents but would love to hear about other places for sake of discussion and trips in the future!

Ryan M Moore · · Philadelphia, PA · Joined Oct 2014 · Points: 35

The park campground at Squamish. Not the US but within driving distance.

Pnelson · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2015 · Points: 85
Nick Goldsmith wrote:

I thought miguels was in The new?  stayed there once maybe 12  or so years ago. not a flat spot in the whole campground.....  

You may be thinking of Roger's, the former climbers' campground at the NRG.  Miguel's has plenty of flat spots; Roger's, almost none.

Nick Goldsmith · · Pomfret VT · Joined Aug 2009 · Points: 440

yes I must have been thinking of Rogers....

Phil Lauffen · · The Bubble · Joined Jun 2008 · Points: 2,205

Kalandraka in Rodellar

JoSiTo in Geyikbayiri

The Ceuse Campground

Olav's farm at Flatanger

Nicholas Gillman · · Las Vegas · Joined Jan 2015 · Points: 331

Summerlin Albertsons parking lot is the place to be for Red Rock     

richard aiken · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2008 · Points: 0

Internationally:

Climbers club campground in Bohuslan Sweden

public land in Margalef

camping next to Siurana or along the road for free

Olive Branch, Finca or Climber's Lodge in El Chorro

Pines campground at Mt. Arapiles in Australia (one of THE best climber's hangouts IMO on par with Camp 4 and HVC)

huge campground at Squamish

next to Olimpos in Turkey

campground on the west side of Chamonix village

Ailefroide campground (might be the world's largest-accommodates more than 700)

in Frankenjura but you'll need a car to get to the crags since they are widespread

next to Arco Italy 

Finale Ligure has free camping in the woods-one of my favorites in the world

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