From On­tario, Que­bec and the East Coast

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The East can have great early sea­son rock climb­ing, but some crags are slow to dr y. It’s best to head south in the spr ing. The Amer­i­can North­east of fers excel lent climb­ing at New York’s Shawan­gunks and the time­less climbs at North Con­way. Look­ing for some­thing dif fer­ent, then head to Maine’s Aca­dia Na­tional Park for some ocean­side crag­ging.

Ven­ture far­ther south and f ind the must-visit Red River Gorge in Ken­tucky, the fa­mous sand­stone of New River Gorge and the amaz­ing boul­der­ing at Chat­tanooga. Look­ing for some stout routes, then visit the steep walls at Alabama’s Lit­tle River Canyon, where there are plent y of hard routes for the ser ious climber.

No mat­ter what you’re look­ing for this spr ing, there are dozens of road tr ip­ping op­tions. Check your oil and dr ive safe.–

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