Ive been arranging to go back to RRG in October and just remembered that I jotted down a (hopefully) useful list last time I was there for those who are first timers or weighing up going.
1. Believe the hype Ė it is deservedly a top international venue
2. Grade range is excellent for anyone climbing between 6a and 8c+. Not many 9a's though.
3. Whilst there are slabs and vertical walls available, most of the climbing, even on mid grade routes, is very physical and pumpy up overhanging walls on generally good holds. Train for your trip accordingly
4. Routes are typically no more than 25m so a 60m rope and 10 draws will usually suffice
5. The optimal season is short Ė 6 weeks from start of October to mid-November. Donít even think about a Summer visit - it is unbearably hot and humid
6. Take a clip stick. First bolt is usually at 12 feet presumably to prevent swinging into trees when stripping routes. However, plenty of branches around to fashion homemade clip sticks if you canít fit one in your luggage.
7. There is a lot of rock developed and even more undeveloped or even looked at. It will take several visits to get round all the crags and begin to start running out of options.
8. Despite the abundance of climbing during high season the crags can get crowded especially at weekends Ė plan your rest days accordingly
9. Weather can vary dramatically day to day. However, the long term forecast is very accurate so again, plan your rest days accordingly
10. Grades are stiffer than Spain with soft touches greatly outnumbered by sandbags. The Mountainproject.com database can help guide you to the former and avoid the latter.
11. Like a view? Forget it at RRG. You canít see the wood for the trees. However, the leaves are real purty in the Fall
12. Hire a 4WD or at least a vehicle with decent ground clearance as some of the approaches are rutted and steep