If you are an avid rock climber and have never scaled up the face of Mt. Yonah then you are in for a serious treat. It is understood that this is not the most technical climbing, but if you are looking for beautiful scenery combined with solid granite wall climbing that is close proximity to Atlanta then this will be a perfect location for you. There are some fantastic places to stay and at the top of my list are the luxury cabins in Helen. There is truly nothing like coming home from a long climb to a healthy meal and a relaxing hot tub.
The Allure Of Climbing
Climbing has always been a passion of mine and it is very similar to surfing and fly-fishing in that it has taken me all over the world to many beautiful places. There is a tremendous challenge associated with climbing as it demands and incredible mental focus as well as a powerful physical component. No matter how great you are at climbing there is always another level that you can push yourself. If you are willing, then the climbing in North Georgia will give you a run for your money. There is really something about the Appalachian Mountains that keeps calling me back for more adventure. I can promise you that if you are open to explore the climbing near Helen it will be an experience you will never forget. Again the climbing is not overly technical, but the long drawn out routes get your heart pounding for sure!
An Adventure For Friends
A few of our friends have invited us several times to climb at the largest indoor climbing gym in the country name Stone Summit and now we have realized what a great opportunity it will be to take them to climb Mt. Yona as well. Even if you are not a climber the majestic view from the top of Mt. Yonah is worth the trip. There are many people who choose to take the hike up the mountain instead of straight up it's cliff faces and the view is the same either way. This sharp looking peak has been the location for many beginners to complete their first outdoor rock climb and has great routes for the beginner and expert to challenge their abilities. No matter what the level of climber you are it is always a treat to have Helen Cabin Rentals to come home to after a long day on the wall.
Trad or Sport Climbing
As you may know there are not only different levels of climbing and a huge part of advancing in your level of climbing is being able to lead routes. Some prefer the bolted routes that have been pre-set with metal bolts drilled into the walls so that you have an anchor point to attach your quick draw while scaling the route. Other more purist climbers utilize cams that are springloaded and can be placed into the cracks of the rock face and will brace ones fall if placed correctly. As you can imagine while climbing a difficult route the difference in being able to hook into a already placed bolt as compared to trying to find a location to insert a device is a whole new game. There are plenty of both routes on Mt. Yonah and as you have read this place is for all skill levels and can accomodate just about any rock climbing enthusiast. A fantastic place to find more information on climbing at this destination is in the Dixie Craggers Guide as well as this helpful website for maps by Michael Crowder.
For the most part the climbs at Mt. Yonah are single pitch, but there a quite a few multi pitch routes for those that really want to get after it. Remember always to take plenty of water and snacks on this trip I will never forget the experience of being dehydrated on climbs before or just plain out starving with plenty of light left in the day. Whatever the occasion may be I am sure that you with thoroughly enjoy your time to this climbing destination and if at all possible do your best to plan your trip when there is still a cool breeze in the air. Although there are plenty of climbs that are shaded everyone will be much more comfortalbe in the Spring or Fall not to mention that these are the most beautiful times in North Georgia.
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