/ Summer climbing in states and canada
Check out the Bugaboos, for granite alpine spires out of a glacier. Not been yet, but it's on my wishlist!
Early season (wet) your best bet is to check out some of the desert areas, such as Frenchmans Coulee, nr Vantage (WA) and Skaha (BC) both are dominated by single pitch sport climbs.
NW USA is fantastic for climbing and a really good place to hang out overall. There are mountains (e.g. Hood, St Helens) and plenty of crags. I've climbed at Frenchmens Coolie (as above) and it is great- lots of trad and sport and you can camp by the car parks or head down into the valley below. You could spend a month there and not touch the surface. The other area I'd mention is a town called Leavenworth which is 1/2 day drive from Vantage. It has a really friendly climbing shop and loads of local climbs (multi pitch/ roadside, all sorts!). You can rent the town guidebook from them for a couple of bucks, the guide just for the area around Leavenworth is HUGE.
Further to above, link to info on Leavenworth
does anyone know much about the needles??
Hi Anna, I've been to the Needles (assuming you mean the California Needles?) four times. One word... brilliant. I've always been in September and it's varied from too hot (had to bail off a route) to cold and windy. July August could be perfect or too hot. There's a lot of rock between Canada and the Needles... The Hulk http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=126722 would be good (though popular) in the summer.
It would be difficult without a car. There's a quite long dirt road leading to a parking area where you can camp. From there it's about an hour walk in. If you have to walk along the dirt road it would add hours, though if anyone came past you'd be sure to get a lift - chances are it'd be a climber as it's a dead end road. The best thing to do is to post on Supertopo to see if you could hook up with local climbers.
If you're climbing in the US you need a car. The country wasn't built to travel without one.
None of the places mentioned so far hold a candle to the Sierra (except the Needles of course, which may be the best climbing on the planet). The NW is great, but if you can, get to the eastern Sierra and/or the Needles.
Tuolomne would be more doable without a car but it's still a pain. The climbing is great but kind of "samey" after a while. The views are astounding but after a week I was missing NC granite.
Sorry, one more. The Hulk is some of the best alpine rock there is. Positive Vibes could be one of the best routes anywhere. Also more doable without a car than the Needles would be.
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