Olympic Dreams Just Outside Seattle
You don’t have to go far to get high and wild. The mountainous interior of Olympic National Park outside Seattle possesses kaleidoscopic wilds in spades, from temperate rainforests to glaciers to several hundred climbable peaks. Mountain Madness’ nine-day Olympics Bailey Range Traverse takes you smack-dab through some of the best of it. Traversing lush forests and high alpine routes on climbable Mount Carrie and Fairchild Glacier along the way, the end goal is the ascent of 7,969-foot Mount Olympus via the stunning upper Hoh Glacier. On the last day you exit the rainforest and celebrate with dinner in Seattle. July 21 to 29 (custom dates available through summer). From $1,800. (800) 328-5925, mountainmadness.com
Rarefied Bolivian Beauty
The Apolobamba Mountain Range is both beautiful and remote. Epic Tomato’s 20-day adventure includes visits to La Paz and Lake Titicaca, but the meat of the trip is climbing in the heart of the seldom visited Apolobamba Range. From base camp on the shores of Lake Chucuyo Grande, you’ll tune up with climbs on four different peaks (from 17,300 feet to 18,300 feet), but the summit that beckons is 20,000-foot Chaupi Orco, with plenty of climbing on ice. You’ll then fly in a private plane to the remote Uyuni Salt Flats, the largest salt flat in the world, where you’ll stay in a hotel built out of salt. May through October. From $10,937. (877) 875-1497, epictomato.com
Get Climbing begins with a helmet, and the Wild Country Rock Lite helmet is strong, light, comfortable, and can be fitted with an additional polycarbonate covering for colder weather and more protection. $80. wildcountry.co.uk
Tip It used to be that a climbing gym was an empty warehouse, a bag of chalk, and employees who wished they were outside climbing. Climbing’s new face offers everything from wellness consultation to acupuncture and incredible walls to boot. Atlanta’s Stone Summit Climbing & Fitness Center (ssclimbing.com) is a massive, 45,000-square-foot facility with a bouldering room and walls up to 60 feet high, plus yoga and conventional weights. San Diego’s Mesa Rim Climbing & Fitness Center (mesarim.com) has more than 30,000 square feet of climbing rock, plus acupuncture and massage. Movement Climbing + Fitness in Boulder (movementboulder.com) has walls, weights, and indoor cycling.