Do it now: Climbing

With climbing included in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, interest in the sport is escalating as new climbing walls and trips appeal to scrambling newcomers

Published 16 Sep 2017, 09:00 BST, Updated 5 Nov 2020, 05:46 GMT
Do it now: Climbing

The Zagori region in Greece, currently being considered for UNESCO World Heritage status, features some of Europe's most scenic climbing excursions up the Tymphe rocks and the Gamila Mountain peaks. Suitable for both beginners and the experienced, climbers can stay at the picturesque Aristi Mountain Resort and Villas from £90 per night.

Specialist operator Neilson has added rock climbing for all abilities to its list of outdoor activities at Messini Beachclub in Greece and also at its newest resort, the Alana Beachclub in Croatia. Very experienced climbers can climb one of the premier free climbing sites in Europe, the Paklenica National Park, located in very close proximity to the Alana Beachclub.

Most people know that El Capitan isn't just a Mac operating system but a 3,000ft-high monolith in Yosemite National Park. Learn to climb in its shadow with a school offering lessons for all levels ($143/£111) and guided climbs (from $163/£127). Closer to home, Ben Nevis has plenty of climbs for those making their first forays into outdoor climbing.

Famed for its spa and two-Michelin-starred restaurant, the luxury hotel Rosa Alpina has built a new outdoor beginners' climbing wall. For guests who want to experience real climbing this summer, guide Zanesco Diego will be on hand to reveal the region's best rock faces. Alternatively, climb the area's Via Ferrata routes (immense ladders carved into rock faces), for easy access to the highest peaks.

Did you know?

Head for heights: The Olympic climbing competition in Tokyo will include bouldering, sport climbing and speed climbing

Top 5: UK Climbing centres

1// The Castle, London
2// The Climbing Academy, Glasgow and Bristol
3// Ice Factor Lochaber, Scotland
4// The Climbing Works, Sheffield
5// Beacon Caernarfon, Wales

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Published in the October 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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