About Our Destination Trips
Are you interested in climbing in any of these world famous areas? If you are, StoneMan Climbing Guides that are members of Professional Climbing Guides Institute Cooperative (PCGI Coop) can take you there! There is no safer way to visit these climbing areas than with a PCGI certified guide that you trust. We can arrange the entire trip for you; from transportation to and from the destination, to lodging, and even sites in between climbing. Or we can just meet you there and go climbing with you. Each climbing destination is different so please call us for a free quote today. (602) 824-8179 We want to help you plan your world class climbing trip. Let us know what you want and we will make it happen! If you recognize the names of these climbing areas below then you are already aware of their international notoriety but, I’ll do my best to summarize them.
Mt. Lemmon, Coronado National Forest, AZ
A truly diverse area with excellent traditional and sport climbing on solid gneiss and granite rock formations with elevations ranging from 2,500 - 9,000ft. above sea level. There is climbing year round and everything from single pitch routes off the side of the road to back country multi-pitch climbing.
Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Most everyone has heard of “J-Tree”. A historical locationfrequented by the pioneers of Yosemite when winter would lead them to the high desert to stay warm. They would continue to hone their climbing skills here. It is primarily single pitch traditional climbing on gritty southwestern baked granite. There are also boldly bolted slab climbs that will test your concentration and self confidence. There are thousands of routes to keep you busy.
Owens River Gorge, CA
Owens River Gorge is California's most concentrated sport-climbing area. It is a year-round crag, although summers can be a bit hot. There are climbs ranging from 5.6 - 5.13. The climbing is on volcanic tuff and features edges, pockets and cracks. Most of the climbing is close to vertical but there are some steep lines also. You don’t come here for traditional climbing.
Smith Rock State Park. OR
This is the birth place of sport climbing in United States. Although best known for its sport climbing traditional climbers can find plenty to be excited about here as well. It is located in the high desert in central Oregon, Smith Rock State Park’s cliffs and hillsides take a commanding presence over the surrounding terrain. The main cliffs are made of volcanic welded tuff, and surrounding bands of columnar basalt lie above the winding Crooked River. There are over 1,500 established routes and more going up every year.
Eldorado Canyon State Park, CO
“Eldo” is as well known as it gets. It consists of steep, beautiful conglomerate sandstone walls of up to 700 feet high, in brilliant shades of gold and red. The rock quality is reminiscent of granite rather than the soft sandstone and is considered primarily a traditional climbing area. Some sport routes exist but are the rarity. You can climb routes as easy as 5.6 or as hard as 5.13.
Mohonk Preserve (aka “The Gunks”)
“The Gunks” need no introduction! The rock is a quartz conglomerate with solid rock with horizontal rather than vertical cracks. The Climbing is characterized by roofs, jugs, traverses, big air. “The Gunks" is famous for great one-to-three-pitch climbs of all levels of difficulty. You'll find some of the best easy and moderate traditional style climbs in the country here.
Adirondack State Park, NY
“The Dacks” is an untamed tract of public and private land larger than the state of Vermont. The sheer number of crags and walls within the Parks' boundaries is enough to satisfy any climber for a lifetime. There are over 250 climbing areas and each offers a unique experience from the next. There are massive multi-pitch slab adventures and desperate single-pitch test-pieces all within minutes of the parking lot. There are also numerous backcountry crags.
Devils Tower National Monument, WY
Devil's Tower is a massive volcanic plug in the middle of flat rolling hills next to the Belle Fourche River. It’s text book columnar weather pattern crams a high concentration cracks into the smallest area possible. People come from around the world to climb on this unique wonder. Climbing is sustained, and cracks are beautiful and splitter (uniformly shaped). Essentially, there is a crack every 5 or 10 feet, and they mostly run perfectly up and down. There is no other rock like this on the planet.
Devils Lake, WI
Devil's Lake is a Wisconsin state park that contains some of the best rock climbing in the Midwest. These quartzite rock cliffs of upwards of a hundred feet in height attract climbers from all over the country and it is located in a picturesque setting. With over 1600 routes there is no shortage of climbable rock in the park. Devil's Lake is primarily a traditional climbing destination but it also offers mellow top-roping, well protected leads, and bouldering is extensive. It may have more quality moderate climbs (5.5 - 5.8) than anywhere in the country.
Other areas include…
- Crowders Mountain State Park, NC
- Pilot Mountain State Park, NC
- Stone Mountain State Park, NC
- Ragged Mountain, CT
- New Hampshire State Parks, NH
- Green Pond, NJ
International Areas Include…
- Eastern Canada
- Germany (excluding the Alps & Barvaira)
Our cancellation policy excluding weather is to have you notify us 72 hours (3 days) prior to the trip to reschedule or to receive a full refund. You may cancel your trip for ½ price refund 36 hours (1.5 days) prior to the scheduled time. If you must cancel within 36 hours of the class there will be no refund. If weather causes a cancellation then you may reschedule the class for a later date or time or receive a full refund.