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Best places to spend 9 days climbing in July western states
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Apr 13, 2016
I have the week of 4th of July off and I'm trying to plan a trip. Any advice where to go for good temps and moderate trad climbs. I lead 5.8-5.9 in my current state but my partner is relatively new. Been getting her up mostly 5.7 and under, couple of 5.9s in j tree and Alabama hills. I'm in Southern California but wouldn't mind driving as far as Colorado. Most of my experience is California, Yosemite, j tree, tahquitz, Malibu, and stony. Any suggestion to research would be greatly appreciated! matt-jensen
From Hermosa Beach, CA
Joined Jan 13, 2014
15 points
Apr 13, 2016
It may be a little far, but I'd reccomend smith rock, because it is my home crag and I'm totally biased, just an incredible place to check out. You could climb monkey face and sleep in the mouth, keep in mind though it may be hot. If you want something cooler squamish is also incredible (albeit maybe a little far) and something closer and perhaps a littler cooler might be jackson/Teton area in wyoming. Jake C
Joined Dec 22, 2015
7 points
Apr 13, 2016
The High Sierra would be perfect for summer climbing. Ever do any alpine rock in the backcountry? Lots of moderates.

Of course, you will need to already have a partner.
FrankPS
From Atascadero, CA
Joined Nov 19, 2009
284 points
Apr 13, 2016
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Throw a dart at a map.... You can't go wrong Russ Keane
Joined Feb 8, 2013
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Apr 13, 2016
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Washington pass. Cool alpine granite, better views than the sierras for sure. Lots of moderates, vacation grades, alpine cragging. Stay in mazama, camp up the lost river road. Good multipitch sport in mazama. Check out the enchantments in leavenworth on your way home, pass by Index for the best rock in the known universe. Loganator
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Joined Jan 26, 2012
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Apr 13, 2016
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Looks like where all your experience is at is most of the good west coast places anyway.. Cant beat a return trip to Yosemite. Lots of moderates in Tuolumne. Northwest Buttress, Tenaya Peak 5.5 14 pitches. Regular Route, Fairview Dome 5.9 12 pitches..Or the East side of the Sierra. Maybe the East Buttress of Whitney 5.7 11 pitches. Have fun wish I would spend 9 days romping around the west climbing!!! walmongr
From Gilbert AZ
Joined Aug 8, 2015
86 points
Apr 13, 2016
Jake C wrote:
It may be a little far, but I'd reccomend smith rock, because it is my home crag and I'm totally biased, just an incredible place to check out. You could climb monkey face and sleep in the mouth, keep in mind though it may be hot.

Smith in July????!!! May be hot????
Jake, go home! You're drunk!
Marc801
From Sandy, Utah
Joined Feb 25, 2014
64 points
Apr 13, 2016
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From Loveland, CO
Joined Jun 4, 2014
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Apr 13, 2016
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Another vote for Washington Pass. It just doesn't get much better. You have TONS of options within your ability level.

Smith Rock would be too hot for me that time of year.
Nick Sweeney
From Spokane, WA
Joined Jun 8, 2013
673 points
Apr 13, 2016
Thanks for the help people! Ya kinda looking to avoid the heat. And Yosemite is hot then and crowded. Don't know if the lady is really ready for more than maybe a couple pitches. I've taken her from 5.1 to 5.7 in the last 8 months. Mostly looking for a good road trip. matt-jensen
From Hermosa Beach, CA
Joined Jan 13, 2014
15 points
Apr 13, 2016
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Maple Canyon

About 10 hours or so from L.A.

The pay campground fills up fast in the summer but a high clearance vehicle can drive up to the top of the canyon (past the compound) to free camping.
josh holmes
Joined Sep 5, 2008
228 points
Apr 13, 2016
Based on the above information, Squamish seems to be your best bet. Take a day to knock out the drive north (it takes ~20 hrs to Vancouver), mess around BC (boulder, moderate climbs, some peaks to hike on "rest days"), and then mosey back at a slower pace (coast vs Cascades/Sierras). Don't mosey on the way north; you may get up to Squamish later than you want as there's so much to do (a mistake from personal experience)!

All the while, check the weather, and if it looks ugly up there, you've got an entire western US as a backup plan (including the North Cascades, as posted above).
Ancent
From Reno, NV
Joined Apr 10, 2015
90 points
Apr 13, 2016
Squamish, sounds interesting. Have some friends up there too. I'll look at all of your suggestions! Thanks again! matt-jensen
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Joined Jan 13, 2014
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