Re-Gram: 8 Photos of Crowded Crags, Submitted by Our Readers

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Photo Gallery: 8 Crowded Crags, Submitted by Our Readers

Ken Aoshima

50 people waiting at the Ninja Boulder, which has three V11/12s, two V10s, and many V8/9s, Mitake, Japan. You have to be very aggressive to climb here.

Alexander Baratskov

A somewhat busy day at Cannibal Crag in Red Rock Canyon, Nevada.

Lisa Ellerin

The Grotto, just west of Yosemite, sits in a 30-foot-deep basalt pit with 22 routes around it. This April day saw over 40 climbers there.

Sue Vong

Climbers crowd around the classic Solarium (V4) at the Happy Boulders outside Bishop, California.

Phil B. Watts, PhD

A crowd of topropers dangles at Rainy Wednesday Tower area, Devil’s Lake State Park, Wisconsin.

Shaun Willoughby

Copious amounts of people, gear, climbers, dogs, and even a hammock at the Amphitheater, Pilot Mountain, North Carolina.  

Edward Kwong

On a hot afternoon in October 2018, climbers filled nearly every line at Tung Lung Island’s Technical Wall in Hong Kong. If you look carefully, you can see the photographer’s belayer petting a crag dog.

Ashley Anderson

As the only dry crag in Washington some weekends, Vantage can get very busy. Fortunately, every single person at the Sunshine Wall was wearing a helmet at this chosspile.

As our sport grows, unfortunately so do the crowds. These days parking for your favorite crag can fill up, and if you do get a spot, the atmosphere around the wall can feel more like a party scene than the serene, wilderness experience we imagine climbing to be. We asked our readers to share photos of the most crowded crags they’ve seen.

Metolius is giving away sweet prizes to the best Re-Gram photos—check our social channels to enter! This issue, Ken Aoshima wins the Upshot, the new standard for belay glasses.