Photo Gallery: 8 Crowded Crags, Submitted by Our Readers
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.
A somewhat busy day at Cannibal Crag in Red Rock Canyon, Nevada.
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.
Climbers crowd around the classic Solarium (V4) at the Happy Boulders outside Bishop, California.
A crowd of topropers dangles at Rainy Wednesday Tower area, Devil’s Lake State Park, Wisconsin.
Copious amounts of people, gear, climbers, dogs, and even a hammock at the Amphitheater, Pilot Mountain, North Carolina.
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.
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.