SNEWS and RootsRated guide you to the best climbing spots at Outdoor Retailer

The backcountry surrounding Salt Lake City gives us all a chance to breathe during our busiest week of the year.
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For folks in the outdoor industry, the mountain west holds a special place in our hearts. Whether it's hiking through the wildflowers of summer or skiing through feet of pristine powder in winter, the backcountry surrounding Salt Lake City gives us all a chance to breathe during our busiest week of the year.

With only two weeks until Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2015, SNEWS/O.R. Daily and RootsRated have partnered to bring you the insider's guide to exploring the best outdoor experiences in Salt Lake City. From secluded trail runs and climbing spots to the best dirtbag food joints in the region, SNEWS/O.R. Daily and RootsRated have got you covered with our guide, Explore SLC.

Today, we'll take a look at three of the best climbing spots in the region. For more information about any of these spots, and to review more great ways to spend time outdoors during the show, be sure to check out our full guide.

Sport Climber's Dream in American Fork Canyon

When you have at least half a day to get away from OR Summer Market, check out American Fork Canyon—it’s a sport climber’s wet dream. Besides all of the camping and backpacking you can find here, this canyon houses some of the best limestone slabs around—the only downside is you can’t buy any beers in American Fork on your way to the crag, so stock up in SLC. Read more here >>

 Photo by Tom Bracken

Photo by Tom Bracken

Slabby Granite for Breakfast on Kermit's Wall in Little Cottonwood

Beat the heat with some slabby granite climbing for breakfast at Kermit’s Wall in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Kermit’s Wall is a large buttress that forms the left outside wall of the Green Adjective Gully. You’ll want to attack these south-facing routes before the August sun takes control of the sky and before your trade show starts, slacker. Read more here >>

 Photo by Tom Bracken

Photo by Tom Bracken

Summer Climbing Paradise in Ferguson Canyon

Ferguson Canyon is a summer climbing paradise just 20 minutes from the sweltering OR Summer Market and it’s full of shade, water, and north-facing granite walls. Here, just to the south of the better-know Big Cottonwood Canyon climbs, you can escape the summer heat while knocking some classic Wasatch granite trad, sport, and top rope climbs off of your list. Read more here >>

 Photo by Tony Frates

Photo by Tony Frates

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