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Top Climbing Locations in North America

You can probably go just about anywhere in the world and find great places for rock climbing. North America is one destination that provides climbing enthusiasts with a plenitude of spots to choose from including Rocky Mountain Park and Denali National Park.  The most important aspects to consider when choosing a climbing park is first, the type of climb you want and secondly, your ability level. Weather is another key factor to keep in mind. Here’s a few of the top picks that show up on the avid rock climbers list:

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Pikes Peak

Pike’s Peak is a great place for those who are adventurous at heart. It’s one of the most dangerous and endurance testing rock climbing parks in the world. This mountain can be dangerous and requires preparation, with 7,500 feet of vertical gain and bouts of deadly lightning. Most climbers choose to visit in the summer, but it’s best to get an early start to avoid lightning storms. Fees range from seven to ten dollars per person.

Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Denali National Park

This park features Mt. Mckinley, the highest peak in North America. The rise on this mountain is even larger than that of Mt. Everest. Mt McKinley stands tall at 20,320 feet and a rise of 18,000 feet. While there are a number of routes to take, West Buttress is one the most popular. Weather can change on a dime in the area, so come prepared with tarps and the right gear. The best way to get there is to fly into Mt. McKinley with one of the local aviation services.

Location: Denali Park, Alaska

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Rocky Mountain National Park

One of the most popular climbs in this park is Spearhead, an amazing route that ascends an impressive 13,000 feet. This is definitely a climb for those who are more advanced. Another well-liked trip is to climb to Longs’ summit via the Keyhole Route. This is a very dangerous climb that crosses sheer vertical rock faces, accompanied by falling rocks. Not using a rope in this area could prove fatal in case of a fall. This destination provides tons of climbing opportunities that include everything from short, bouldering trips to multi-day wall experiences.

Location: Estes Park, Colorado

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National Park

This park is full of delicate arches and spectacular views. For beginners, the Dark Angel is the perfect place to test your skills. While its good for novice climbers, it’s not without excitement for those more advanced. This park also offers a treat for those who prefer crack climbing; the formidable Tonka Tower. If you are bold at heart, take some risk and attempt to climb the Three Penguins. The entrance to Arches is located five miles north of Moab.

Location: Moab, Utah

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is a park that’s made its way into many rock climbing stories of adventure. Climbers can find an endless variety of challenging rocks including the sun-drenched Tuolumne Meadows domes to the sustained crack climbs of the Merced River Canyon. There are also tons of multi-day climbs to encounter along the big walls of the Valley. Yosemite is a climber’s playground as well as home to a large ecosystem of animals, plants and waterways which are protected and set aside for visitors to enjoy. Some of the most amazing climbs in the world have taken place here. Overnight camping trips cost just five dollars.

Location: Yosemite National Park, California

 

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Grand Teton National Park

This park is not only a great place for climbing, but visitors can also experience a vastness of wildlife such as the majestic pronghorn. Grand Teton is one of the classic alpine peaks in the nation. For more than 100 years, climbers from all over the world have been drawn to “The Grand” and continue to visit it yearly. There are more than 35 routes and 50 variations to choose from, so there is something for everyone. A few new routes have been discovered including The Squeeze Box. The newest route is located just north and lies between Shea’s Chute and the Alex Lowe Memorial Route. The Owen-Spalding is the perfect route for those who want to test their technical skill.

Location: Moose, Wyoming

 

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Four Camping Tips on Avoiding Wildlife Habitat while Outdoors

One of the cardinal rules of camping in the wilderness is to first do no harm to animal habitats – kinda like medical doctors. Even though part of the priorities of camping outdoors is to see one or more wild animals as part of a sightseeing adventure, most outdoor enthusiasts consider damaging animal habitats as an irresponsible act. In fairness, campers do not intentionally displace animal habitats; especially the novices and they have to be walked through everything about camping just to get them started. Some newbies deliberately ignore signs of animal habitats and attempt to get a closer look, which scares the poor animals away. We have outdoor adventure shows in Pursuit Channel that teaches how to protect the animals and their habitats while camping and hiking.

 

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Those animals might get so scared that they might leave their homes permanently in order to seek safer shelter elsewhere. That is why it’s very important that camp leaders educate their team members on camping and animal safety rules besides training them to handle outdoor camping gear properly.

Here are a couple of camping rules that you should know before setting out to camp in the wild:

1. Natural Pathways – Spots where wildlife congregates are usually ideal to setup camp and unload your camping gears, but if you know best you shouldn’t camp there. There are ways to tell when a path has been cleared by animals and if happen to see one, then better move your campsite somewhere else. Typically you will see chewed-on material along the trail, mangled brush as well as hoof or foot tracks – show courtesy to animals and find some other place to settle. A Pursuit Channel show called “Winchester & Drury’s Natural Born,” showcases hunting and camping tips for beginners and experts alike. You can get more tips from them if you watch the show regularly.

 

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2. Bedding Areas – Animals such as deer, raccoons, foxes, and other mammals often seek shelter to protect themselves from the elements just like humans do. Areas with low lying tree branches overhanging natural clearings are typical animal shelters, so be extra careful when you’re around them. When camping and hiking, look for evidence of habitation before setting up camp under softwood trees like pines and cedars as they are the most likely places that animals seek shelter to, because these trees protect the animals from wind and rain.

3. Burrows – Digging out burrows in soil or organic material such as tree trunks is the common survival instinct of smaller mammals. You can spot these burrows easily as they don’t cover it with leaves or other stuff. Be sure to check for these entry and exit points if you’re setting up camp next to any large trees or dead logs. Newton wasn’t wrong when he said that every action has an opposite reaction, you know and if you disturb the animal’s den, then they’ll disturb your camp as well. They would most likely smell your food and go after them. I mean, if they can get an easy meal, then why go to the trouble of catching one? Plus your meal is more delicious than their normal food servings. This has happened many times with novice campers on some Pursuit Channel shows.

 

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4. Watering Holes – Other common camping spots people pick are creeks and rivers, but often they’re not aware that these places have watering holes for animals too! You have to understand that these creatures need water besides food to survive and you’re in their way when you camp near these places while enjoying your outdoor adventure. You can actually find other natural bank-side clearings that are preferable to setup camp on where you don’t have to scare animals away or get in their way to find food and shelter.

Expert campers are actually the ones who are very concerned about the environment they get into. To start becoming a pro-camper, you’d need to be aware of your surroundings and more importantly always be sympathetic to the animals that live there. Using these four camping tips will greatly help you tip-toe your way into forests and wilderness and not harm anything there. Remember to buy only genuine camping gears from a reliable camping equipment company. And as always don’t forget to watch our outdoor and hunting shows on Pursuit Channel on Roku.