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tradtimbo


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I'd like to see what people think about the various trad climbing crags around this great country. Obviously Yosemite is mecca, but what about the rest? Indian Creek, Eldo,.....rate em up and give this thread the best places you've been to.


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1. Yosemite
2. Indian Creek
3. Red Rocks
4. Monument Valley

My opinion


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Yos
Red Rock
JTree
Gunks
Moab Area
Boulder, CO Area


I know theres more, but thats my top o' the heap list....


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Its a subjective question...

Yos
Gunks
IC
RMNP
Eldo
Lumpy


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Redrocks!

Haven't been to any others though, looks like I might like yosemite a lot once I get there!


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Tahquitz.
That was easy.


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Eldorado
Devils Tower
Needles, CA
Yosemite
RMNP


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Yosemite
Red Rocks
Linville Gorge (counting all crags Shortoff, Amphitheatre, NC Wall, Table Rock, Hawksbill, Gold Coast Cliffs)
Gunks

Not in any particular order.


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THE EFFIN TETONS! duh.

Dorian


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the needles, ca


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Don't forget Looking Glass NC or stone mountain(mostly slab but some easy trad classics)
yahtzee


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4. Monument Valley

???

As in the Navajo Tribal Park? You've climbed there?


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just tons and tons of good ones.

one of my favorites so far is lumpy ridge.


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Has NOONE here been to the Tennessee Wall??


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In no particular order-

Yosemite
Eldo
NRG
Seneca Rocks
Gunks
Red Rocks

As far as the previous poster- I'm headed to T-Wall in a couple weeks, I'll get back to you on that one...


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1. Yosemite
2. Gunks
3. Willow Peak
4. Red Rocks


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Gunks actually got the #1 rating in Climbing Ragizine.

Linville Gorge is my favorite.

Check our website for pics. :wink:


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Yosemite
Gunks
Josh
Needles ( South Dakota )
RRG


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Crag Y on the Kanc. Nothing else comes close.


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THE EFFIN TETONS! duh.

Dorian

The Tetons aren't considered a "trad cragging" venue. Even if they were, they still don't offer near the variety of rock climbing that most of the other aforementioned areas do.
Try again!


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^^^The title of the thread did not stipulate best "trad craggin" area, just the best trad area. Having climbed at most of the aforementioned areas, I stand by my conviction.


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Gunks
Joshua Tree
Needles of South Dakota
Tetons
Yosemite

Those are my favorite anyway.

Curt


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Crag Y on the Kanc. Nothing else comes close.

OOOhhhh, a New England entry! I am intrigued. Tell me more.


Oh, btw, The GUNKS.


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THE EFFIN TETONS! duh.

Dorian

The Tetons aren't considered a "trad cragging" venue. Even if they were, they still don't offer near the variety of rock climbing that most of the other aforementioned areas do.
Try again!

Oh really? The Tetons are one of the ONLY venues in the lower 48 that offers true traditional alpine climbing. You can do glacier approaches, mixed routes, snow and ice routes, water ice in the summer, multi-day rock routes, big walls, aid routes, high-standard free climbs, easy crag climbs, enchainments. Yeah, not much variety there. Man, there aren't many places that can match the variety of the Tetons. You should look a little closer.


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THE EFFIN TETONS! duh.

Dorian

The Tetons aren't considered a "trad cragging" venue. Even if they were, they still don't offer near the variety of rock climbing that most of the other aforementioned areas do.
Try again!

Oh really? The Tetons are one of the ONLY venues in the lower 48 that offers true traditional alpine climbing. You can do glacier approaches, mixed routes, snow and ice routes, water ice in the summer, multi-day rock routes, big walls, aid routes, high-standard free climbs, easy crag climbs, enchainments. Yeah, not much variety there. Man, there aren't many places that can match the variety of the Tetons. You should look a little closer.
I'm not going to argue. It would be pointless, as it hinges upon one's definition of trad climbing. Growing up climbing in the Tetons, I just didn't see a dash up the Enclosure Ice Couloir as "trad cragging". Trad crags were where we went to hone our rock climbing skills, and the Tetons were where we put these skills to use.
I said the Tetons lacked variety because I was thinking of variety in strict terms of rock climbing. If you want to find a 5.10 handcrack in the Tetons, you're limited to 2 or 3 pitches of maybe 5 to 8 different routes, many of which require skills specific to the alpine environment that the regular "trad climber" doesn't have. Go to a "trad crag" and you're likely to find tons! Basically I'm trying to say that you don't have the same opportunity to pick and choose your routes as you do at other "trad crags" because you're limited by many different factors of the alpine environment.

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