/ "Underhyped" Rock Climbing Areas
East face of A'Mhaighdean. Nobody ever goes there and it's a big walk in so I was expecting it to be a pretty chossy but pretty venue. Turned out to be a spectacular place to climb with no people and solid rock.
That's surprisingly tricky. Rock climbing is rarely underhyped!
Southern sandstone! Admittedly it's not great, but it's not the unclimbable horror that the hype would have you believe.
Peak Limestone! It's a right good adventure!
I haven't actually been there, but surely the place can't be as bad as they say. Can it?
Neist. Everyone seems to think that Skye = Cuillins, but this is an extensive venue blessed with a great outlook and often favorable weather. If it was anywhere else it'd be mobbed, and rightly so.
> Neist. Everyone seems to think that Skye = Cuillins, but this is an extensive venue blessed with a great outlook and often favorable weather. If it was anywhere else it'd be mobbed, and rightly so.
Favourable weather? Compared to where - Tierra del Fuego?
Hen Cloud. Probably something to do with being next to the Roaches and I'd heard it can be a bit green. It turned out to have some of the best routes I've ever been on - like mountain routes but on grit!
> Favourable weather? Compared to where - Tierra del Fuego?
Neist has saved many a day on Skye from being a washout. That place is magic :)
Tuolumne is very, very good, but is it actually underhyped? I reckon it's reputation is about right.
Nerve Wrack Point would be in my top 5 favourite rock routes in fact.
Corsican granite multi pitch climbing eg Bavella, Restonica. The lack of good guidebooks are a major factor
Pabbay/Mingulay - would convince the most die hard gritstone addict, that gneiss is Gods own rock, if they could handle the abseils, and the effort of getting there
The Grampians - overshadowed by its more famous neighbour
Cedarberg, S.Africa - again overshadowed by a more famous neighbour Rocklands. Anybody climbed here? It's trad multi pitch heaven.
Thanks for mentioning this. I am planning to get there and am really looking forward to it.
A'Mhaighdean - don't know anything about Stannington Ruffs !
Ogmore is an amazing place that people go to once, tell everybody afterwards about how amazing it is, but never go back (I include myself in this description).
I'm not so sure that it's underhyped, rather than it just being too much hassle for most people.
I was born and bred on Southern Sandstone, so have a personal soft (no pun intended) spot for it. But it probably is overhyped. Certainly relative to most of the sandstone in other countries (e.g. "southern sandstone" of the US, which is vastly better in quantity and quality, and underhyped).
Personal votes here for Yosemite, Toulomne Meadows and Joshua Tree. In my view all three live up to the hype, and are not overhyped.
Why? Cos it doesn't get hyped.......... and it's brill.
I went when I was a total newby, Lancs Rock in hand, mate dragged along. Looking around everything looked nails, I wanted something to warm up on. "This, it's Diff, got 1 star." Good god, horrific.
I went back when I knew which routes no-one ever did and found good, steep, manly, challenging climbing, which for a weakling like me is what I need a diet of. And then out of nowhere you find a lovely delicate gem of a route just to remind you it can be subtle.
For anyone who hasn't made this mistake yet - avoid the diffs altogether, and with the exception of Rappel Wall and possibly Orange Corner, avoid all the VDiffs. Beyond that most of the routes are great.
Gunks unknown here? I thought it was second to Yosemite in fame? It's not bad either; steep climbing on holds. A bit like a British crag.
I loved Ogmore. A truly scary place!
Yes. Made Joshua Tree seem overhyped for me.
That was specially for you Rob. We've just had another four day visit... brilliant!
Hong Kong - loads of great bouldering and sport climbing and even multi-pitch such as the fantastic Wards Groove on Lions Rock.
Japan and specifically the amazing sea cliff sports crag Jogasaki. On a quiet winter's day the sea side setting is probably one of the best single pitch sport climbing crags I've been to anywhere in the world. Overhung knarly routes in a location only accessible by climbers, looking out over the sea. Brilliant. Also, only 2hr away from Tokyo by Shinkansen, so easily accessible for the casual Japan visitor.
> Southern sandstone! Admittedly it's not great, but it's not the unclimbable horror that the hype would have you believe.
Speaking of Southern Sandstone I was well impressed by Under Rockes compared to what I expected.
A Gary Gibson site topo, huge sport climbs on good rock but the quarrymen are antsy these days.
Loch Tollaidh Crags
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