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Best moderate adventure climbing?


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Claire avenur · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2014 · Points: 0

I know that may sound like a contradiction, but what I mean is I'm looking for climbing that is relatively easy(the easier the better really) on the yosemite scale yet still feels like you're on an "adventure" throughout the entire experience. I'm located in CO, so anywhere in the West is convenient, but I'm also looking to plan a trip so anywhere works. Think experienced climber who doesn't mind slogs or being uncomfortable but just can't put the difficult moves together. Thanks 

Jason Todd · · Cody, WY · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 998

Custer State Park, SD

ASid · · SF, CA · Joined May 2013 · Points: 15

Matthes Crest

Brian · · North Kingstown, RI · Joined Sep 2001 · Points: 650
Rob Dillon · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2002 · Points: 710

Tafraoute.

Old lady H · · Boise, Idaho · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 290

Warbonnet Peak, Idaho, others in the Sawtooths

Brian Abram · · Celo, NC · Joined Oct 2007 · Points: 498
Daniel James · · Chicago · Joined Aug 2016 · Points: 95
Jason Todd wrote:

Custer State Park, SD

Strong agreement on that one, along with some of the immediately adjacent Rushmore area climbing.   

Jim Fox · · Westminster, CO · Joined Jun 2014 · Points: 40

Tetons (though don't expect solitude on the more popular routes) or Wind River or Mt. Whitney 

awolf · · New York, NY · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 5

Elephant Butte in Arches is an easy and fun adventure:

https://www.mountainproject.com/v/standard-west-fins/106674255

FrankPS · · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 275

These suggestions above should help narrow it down for you. :)

Sean Anderson · · Nevada City/ Berkeley · Joined Oct 2012 · Points: 40

The easier stuff on Croft's The good, the great, and the awesome. West ridge of conness should be superb

Buddy Smith · · GA · Joined May 2017 · Points: 40

Royal Arch Yosemite 

Buddy Smith · · GA · Joined May 2017 · Points: 40
awolf wrote:

Elephant Butte in Arches is an easy and fun adventure:

https://www.mountainproject.com/v/standard-west-fins/106674255

I love that the route description says 1 pitch, 1100 feet. Can you TR that if you have a 700 meter rope?

kenr · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2010 · Points: 11,653

Several Via Ferrata routes in Europe might fit what you're looking for.

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

very cool Via feratta on pipeline wall in teluride.

Cory Furrow · · Blacksburg, VA · Joined Jun 2016 · Points: 25

Matthes crest and cathedrial link up

Hector Luevano · · San Diego, CA · Joined Nov 2015 · Points: 10

West Ridge of Prusik Peak in the Enchantments of Washington 

Guy Keesee · · Moorpark, CA · Joined Mar 2008 · Points: 310
Claire avenur wrote:

I know that may sound like a contradiction, but what I mean is I'm looking for climbing that is relatively easy(the easier the better really) on the yosemite scale yet still feels like you're on an "adventure" throughout the entire experience. I'm located in CO, so anywhere in the West is convenient, but I'm also looking to plan a trip so anywhere works. Think experienced climber who doesn't mind slogs or being uncomfortable but just can't put the difficult moves together. Thanks 

Ill bite.....    Check out "the long twisted rib" on Mt. Williamson. A huge 5.5 with some 5.8 for a move or two way up high.... here is the link, the write up is by a 5.12 climber so keep that in mind when reading. 

https://www.mountainproject.com/v/north-arete/109396886

oh and you will not see another person except for on the trail. 

Mike Mellenthin · · San Francisco, CA · Joined Nov 2014 · Points: 70

Bugs 100% for sure.

But a plug for my stomping grounds: the Sierra in general has got your back for 5.easy ridge scrambles that you have to hike to. Like literally there are many lifetimes worth.

In roughly decreasing order of seeing someone else on the route:

  • Tenaya/Cathedral/Matthes
  • W and N Ridges of Conness
  • E Face and E Buttress of Whitney
  • NE Ridge and North Arete of Bear Creek Spire
  • Swiss Arete on Sill
  • N and NE Ridges of Lone Pine Peak (do you have a Mac with OSX Sierra? that's LPP)
  • SE Face of Mt Emerson
  • Venusian Blind on Temple Crag
  • Charlotte Dome (ok, not a ridge)

In the "easy climbing and horrendous day" category (this one is still on my list, YMMV):

https://www.mountainproject.com/v/north-east-ridge/106030935

Kyle Elliott · · Everett, WA · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 385

what's moderate to you? seems to vary from person to person. I personally use that term for 5.7 to mid .10

Forbidden peak and Prusik peak in the N cascades are both 5.6/5.7 on their west ridges, and both involve a trudge to get to. with Prusik, you have to obtain a permit to camp though. 

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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