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1. Posted by tallbird (Respected Member 269 posts) 10y

My boyfriend and I are planning to go to various countries around the world to experience their climbing facilities. We're both intermediate rock climbers who enjoy challenging routes (although I'm not very good with overhangs yet).
Any tips on good places to go (anywhere in the world), just to give me a bit of an insight, would be appreciated.

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 10y

Are you only after indoor climbing? Because there's some great outdoor climbing about 4 hours from here (Melbourne,Aus) at the Arapiles/Grampians. I only know the stuff around Melbourne though, haven't been further afield.

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

Well, don't rock climb, but I know that the Elbe Valley in Saxony/Germany is one of the best areas for all levels of climbers.
The climbs aren't very high, but most of the rocks is sandstone and you are not allowed to use picks in order to preserve it. So from afar it doesn't look very challenging, but a few of the worlds most expirienced rock climbers have given up in tears over a 70 meter high wall while small local children surpassed them.

There are some pics here:

http://www.elbsandsteintourist.de
(Sorry, german only, but the main content is the pics anyway.)

Guess I am a patriot after all.

4. Posted by tallbird (Respected Member 269 posts) 10y

Excellent, thanks guys!

No indoor climbing really, Peter. Actually looking for outdoor stuff, so any info on the stuff around Melbourne would be great.

The climbs in Germany sound just what I'm looking for too, Maria.

5. Posted by chemukh (Full Member 132 posts) 10y

There is a place in Cajón del Maipo, about 2 hours of Santiago, called the Red Plaque (La placa Roja). It's a good challenge, but fine for begginers too if you have good equipment and at least someane experimented. Crossing my fingers, I'm planning to go in a couple of months.

A tip: You can go just in summer months, since may to october there is too much snow to climb.

There is another place between Santiago and the coast were climbers use to go to practice, with dozens of roks near the highway. There, you can practice free climbing too.

6. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 10y

Quoting tallbird

Excellent, thanks guys!

No indoor climbing really, Peter. Actually looking for outdoor stuff, so any info on the stuff around Melbourne would be great.

The climbs in Germany sound just what I'm looking for too, Maria.

Ah good.. it's just you said 'facilities', which didn't really sound like outdoor climbing to me. Ok, well, one good place to look if you haven't already is on The Crag (down at time of writing, so don't know what is going on there). It lists reviews and ratings for climbs all over the world. And you can keep a tick list of climbs you've done :)

For Victorian climbing information, check out Chockstone. Here's their page on Arapiles.

7. Posted by tallbird (Respected Member 269 posts) 10y

The Crag site looks good, thanks Peter!

Yeah, didn't use the correct wording with "facilities". Anything outdoors!