The 35 Best Climbing Spots in America

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The West: Portland Rock Gym
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The West: Portland Rock Gym

Portland Rock Gym is the second-oldest climbing gym in the United States, but since renovations in 2012 and 2015, it’s also one of the most distinct. New additions include a large highball bouldering area, separate yoga, instructional, and youth spaces, and a lounge with beer on tap. PRG’s old-school top rope and lead area — which still features the original Metolius hex-wall from 1988 — focuses on climbing that mimics real stone. As evidenced by its outdoor guiding service, summer camps, and focus on customer service, Portland Rock Gym has maintained a community feel, while doubling in size. PRG isn’t the flashiest climbing gym in the Pacific Northwest, but it is the most rounded.

Closest Town: Portland, Oregon
Roped Routes: 120
Wall Area: 25,000 sq. ft.
Wall Height: 40 ft.
Bouldering: Yes

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