Tonsai, Thailand

James Wright climbs through paradise
on Ao Nang Tower's Orange
Chandeliers after a short kayak from
the beach.
Photo: Chris Wright

Red Rocks, Nevada

Awash in a sea of polka dots on the
Red Rocks classic Tunnel Vision.
Photo: Chris Wright

Yosemite NP, California

Joey McBrayer carrying the pack on a
single-day ascent of Half Dome's 25-pitch
Regular Northwest Face.
Photo: Chris Wright

Verdon Gorge, France

A five minute walk and a few rappels
and you can have all the limestone you
want, plus the food and wine aren't bad
Photo: Chris Wright

Les Calanques, France

Treading lightly over the Mediterrean on
the new classic In the Footsteps of Gaston
on the Eissadon, just one of many hidden
gems of the Calanques.
Photo: Chris Wright


Rock climbing is alternately poetry in motion, good clean fun, or growth and spiritual cleansing.

Far from the extreme conditions of the mountain environment, rock climbing is all about the simple joy of movement on stone. For some that will be an end in and of itself, while for others it will be a training ground for bigger things.

An obsessive rock climber for years, I’d love to take you to some of my favorite places. My circuit generally includes Oregon’s Smith Rock – the perfect place to learn to climb, or to test yourself against some of fiercest routes in the country, as well as the classic alpine granite of Chamonix and the Mont Blanc Massif, the steeps of Italy’s Dolomites, and the bullet limestone of France’s Verdon Gorge and Calanques. If something more exotic is what you had in mind, the world is your oyster. From the paradisical beaches and crags of Thailand to the towering spires of the Utah desert, the stone is waiting for your touch.