Climbing Destinations

Vedauwoo, WY

In an untamed corner of Wyoming’s Medicine Bow National Forest, the granite jewels of Vedauwoo (pronounced “vee-dah-voo”) beckon committed rock climbers. This surreal land features phenomenal formations of rock nestled into aspen and pine forests. Herein lays the perfect mix of wilderness and classroom as well as an expansive spectrum of beginner to advanced crack and face climbing. The climbing routes vary in length from 50’ to 200’ and provide excellent opportunities for both single- and multi-pitch climbing.

Cochise Stronghold, AZ

Named for Cochise, the famous Apache Indian leader who took refuge in the canyon, the Cochise Stronghold still offers the same sense of rugged seclusion as it did centuries ago. Surrounded by steep canyon walls and granite domes, the terrain is maze-like, offering endless opportunities to climb and explore. Routes range from moderate top rope and traditional climbs to more technical crack climbs. The course’s location in southern Arizona offers opportunities for year-round climbing, including the coveted warm winter days. Our Arizona and Wyoming rock climbing courses offer the highest number of days dedicated to rock climbing on any Outward Bound course outside of a semester format.

Cochise Stronghold is located to the west of Sunsites, Arizona in the Dragoon Mountains at an elevation of 5,000 ft. This beautiful woodland area lies in a protective rampart of granite domes and sheer cliffs which were once the refuge of the great Apache Chief, Cochise, and his people. Cochise Stronghold is a fantastic climbing area with the reputation of being a very bold backcountry climbing spot. Herein lays the perfect mix of wilderness and classroom as well as an expansive spectrum of beginner to advanced crack and face climbing. There are a large number- over 1000 routes- of very well protected routes. Routes range from one to seven pitches in length and range from 5.6 to 5.12 in difficulty.

Joshua Tree, CA

A surreal, magical landscape with Dr. Seuss like plants and many animal species which combine to create an alien-like landscape. The bizarre and jumbled rock formations have created one of the most popular and diverse climbing sites in the U.S., drawing both traditional and sport climbers. Set in the Mojave Desert, Joshua Tree is made up of extensive 50' to 300' granite outcroppings. These provide over 5,000 different routes of all types and for all abilities. The variety of cracks, slabs, face and bouldering is what makes Joshua Tree a mecca for rock climbers. The sunny weather in the Mojave Desert is conducive to maximizing your time on the rock. Joshua Tree climbing is exclusive to our semester courses.

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