It’s something I’ve never tried but these gorgeous places to go rock climbing could certainly persuade me to give it a go. There’s actually more diversity in rock climbing routes than you might imagine – each comes with its own unique set of challenges, and climbers will have their own preferences and criteria as to what makes the best climbs. My list of places to go rock climbing includes some of the most scenic, challenging and revered routes around the world.
1. Pearl Mountain, South Africa
Pearl Mountain, also known as Paarl Rock, has often been compared to the famous Uluru (Ayers Rock), and it is one of the most majestic places to go rock climbing. After El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, it is the largest granite outcrop on Earth and it is very difficult to climb. Its steep faces are smooth as a baby’s bottom (well, almost), leaving climbers very few handholds. Even though there are bolts mounted in the granite, all of the routes are highly dangerous for the inexperienced – but, oh, well worth the risks!