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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:42 am 
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I'm planning a road trip through parts of the western states (coast to rockies) for September. I want to hit some of the more famous national parks and climbing spots and thought this might be a good place to get extra suggestions that uninformed foreigners like me might otherwise miss. In general, since I might be leaving the States for good, I want to see as much as possible in three weeks. So sightseeing, hiking, climbing, but no 2-week slogs along the John Muir trail.

Here's a list of things I want to take a peek at for sure:
Arches NP
Yosemite (at least take a look at El Cap, maybe do some easy climbing somewhere there?)
Grand Canyon
Glacier NP if I can get to it

On the way, I was thinking of climbing St. Helens to look at the lava dome, maybe Hood.

Any sort of crazy suggestions, comments and applications for coming with me are welcome.

Jochen


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:37 am 
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I would recommend adding Red Rocks to that list, as well as Zion. Both are amazing places. Tons of climbing of all levels at RR, and some beautiful hiking and harder climbing in Zion. Although I've never done it, Canyoneering in Zion is supposed to be amazing as well.

Also, not a NP, but lovers leap in California has some pretty spectacular climbing as well.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 4:01 pm 
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You should drive US 97 through oregon instead of I-5, especially if you are already at mt. hood. Much more scenic and you can stop by Crater Lake and can climb whichever cascade volcanoes you chose. South Sister and McLoughlin are good easy day trips and of course there are more difficult ones as well.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:25 am 
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For pure rock climbing goodness I would recommend in no particular order: Yosemite, Red Rocks, Lover's Leap, Smith Rocks, City of Rocks, Devil's Tower, Cirque of the Towers, Tetons, Indian Creek, Castle Valley in Moab, and Zion. There'd be a lot more places to see, but those are the most well known and solid rock areas (with the exception of Zion, which is not so solid, but is really cool). Rock climbing in Yosemite is probably the best. There is a good guide on free climbs that you can buy, with lots of routes under 5.9. Finally, I'll throw in the beartooth mountains of Montana. Less well known, but some of the neatest terrain in the west.


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