I am looking for stand out climbs to have some fun and adventure on, and to specifically aim for. - A weeks holiday in Kaly is nice, but not the same as a specific route or rock feature to get the teeth into.
I have already been to/experienced: Hoy, Stoer, Fiesta de los biceps, Skeleton ridge, Devils slide.
Preferably places which 1 week is possible, and I do not need to be a millionaire to visit.
I climb low E numbers, any others will lead HVS or low E's.
In time, Yosemite etc are on the radar, I also thought Fairhead might be a shout more locally but know little of it. Europe? Open to suggestions. What ever it is, it needs to be motivating, up the psyche and give us something to aim for.
Thanks in advance!!!
PS, if there is a bucket list of such climbs, I failed to find it, so please post a link if I missed it!
Funny you should put that too,
Dolomites is firmly on the soon to do radar (we tried this year but failed), and whilst looking around Riglos earlier in the year, Picos de Europe also hit a chord.
I suppose, I should really get the guide books for these places. If they keep cropping up, then it can't be a bad bet! Both places are worthy of a week of my time. I know there are many stella routes in the Dolomites, any stand out classics besides your flake in Picos?
Ireland has plenty of iconic, adventurous climbs, plenty of sea stacks notably Cnoc na Mara in south west Donegal, 100m tall, serious adventure. The Needle down in Dingle, Kerry, a very slender piece of sandstone. Fairhead is jam packed with massive, sustained pitches (do an image search if you don't know what it's like). Mirror Wall in the Burren is the definitive sheer rockface, lots classic E3+ on it. Miles of limestone to be climbed on the Aran Islands. Carrot Ridge in Connemara and Howling Ridge in Kerry are brilliant easy climb/scrambles. Luggala in Wicklow has nearly 200 routes mostly multi-pitch, very scenic, very quiet, less than an hour from Dublin. I could go on....
The second one is more inspiring, after a quick look. I am more of a rock climber than a mountaineer. I worry a little that my mountaineering skills may not be up to the challenge of such a route. Or rather the challenge if it doesn't go to plan.
However, I can use a compass and I can pitch a tent, what else is there?!!! lol.
I'm thinking Ireland is a good shout for a week away holiday. Though I think it may take more than a week to explore more than a sample.
What are the midges etc like? is there a season like in scotland?
You could easily spend more than a week. I don't think the midge are quite on the same level on Scotland but I haven't had the pleasure of experiencing the Scottish midge yet. Here they aren't too bad, certainly not a deal breaker.
Good. Not that featured and steep so the routes tend to be hard. There are literally miles of cliffs so it's hard to generalise but there is nothing less than vertical and a lot that is severely overhanging.
Thanks for the further input.
I'd have thought america or southern Africa is quite a way for a week, but I also suspect its closer time wise than driving to Hoy for example, so maybe...
Though I have been to Spitzkopp and climbed a fair way up the rocks, but no described routes as I didn't have my gear.
Lockwoods chimney looks a giggle for a day when in N wales. I haven't heard of that one, maybe I mix in the wrong circles - perverse scrambles are niche.
Some of the granite in Europe looks good, and has been put in the mix previously, not discounted mind.
In reply to Kevster:
Try the Vercors. True, there is a certain amount of loose rock, but there is some fabulous climbing and good positions. And really beautiful country. Try Arc de Cercle on Gerbier, Pilier Livanos at Archiane, the Pelle, Deux Soeurs routes, Presles, even a route on Mt Aiguille. Quite out of fashion for all the wrong reasons.
The first one is quite phallic.
The rock looked a bit shattered,but good fun.
The problem is likely to be that you guys were lucky with the weather,but I would imagine that a good weather system coming from the west/atlantic will mean poor conditions,and that must happen a good amount of the time.