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Fifty Places to Rock Climb Before You Die

Fifty Places to Rock Climb Before You Die

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The author of the bestselling Fifty Places series returns with a globe-trotting guide to the best and most beautiful places to rock climb around the world

Fifty Places to Rock Climb Before You Die is a beautifully illustrated guide to some of the greatest rock-climbing locations around the world, as recommended by expert climbers. The book will cover three types of climbing—trad, sport, and bouldering—and will showcase breathtaking venues from Joshua Tree to Jeju, South Korea. Featuring insights from industry insiders, including employees from rock-climbing gear companies like Petzl and Black Diamond Equipment, professional climbers like Jon Cardwell and Kevin Jorgeson (co-star of Dawn Wall), filmmaker Michael Call, and Climbing magazine editor Matt Samet, Fifty Places to Rock Climb Before You Die is the essential travel companion for climbers of all levels of expertise.

United States

  • Horse Pens 40, Alabama
  • Cochise Stronghold, Arizona
  • Bishop, California
  • Joshua Tree National Park, California
  • Yosemite National Park, California
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado
  • Rifle, Colorado
  • City of Rocks, Idaho
  • Elephant's Perch, Idaho
  • Arco, Italy
  • Red River Gorge, Kentucky
  • Acadia National Park, Maine
  • Baxter State Park, Maine
  • Red Rock, Nevada
  • North Conway, New Hampshire
  • The Shawangunks, New York
  • Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma
  • Smith Rock, Oregon
  • Hueco Tanks State Park, Texas
  • Maple Canyon, Utah
  • Moab, Utah
  • Zion National Park, Utah
  • North Cascades, Washington
  • New River Gorge, West Virginia
  • Seneca Rocks, West Virginia
  • Devil's Lake, Wisconsin
  • Devils Tower, Wyoming
  • Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming


  • Bow Valley, Alberta
  • The Bugaboos, British Columbia
  • Squamish, British Columbia
  • Lion's Head, Ontario


  • Frey, Argentina
  • Mount Arapiles, Australia
  • Innsbruck, Austria
  • Liming, China
  • Lake District National Park, England
  • Chamonix, France
  • Fontainebleau, France
  • Frankenjura, Germany
  • Kalymnos, Greece
  • Castle Hill, New Zealand
  • El Potrero Chico, Mexico
  • Bled, Slovenia
  • Rocklands, South Africa
  • Gyeonggi-do/Jeju, South Korea
  • Ibiza, Spain
  • Mallorca, Spain
  • Rätikon, Switzerland
  • Railay Beach, Thailand



Chris Santella is the author of 21 books, including 15 titles in the Fifty Places series. Based in Portland, Oregon, he is a regular contributor to the Washington Post and the New York Times.

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