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8 rock climbing destinations for novices

March 12, 2013, 5:22 p.m.
Krabi Thailand mountain climbing

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For most of us, climbing in famed destinations like Mount Everest is out of the question. This is partly because of the risk and physical strain of climbing at over 25,000 feet and partly because it is too expensive. Luckily, there are plenty of affordable places for novice climbers to learn the ropes of scaling cliffs and trekking to mountain summits. These destinations offer more than a chance to climb rock formations and mountains. Most are filled with gorgeous natural scenery and opportunities for other adventures.

If you want to have a rock-climbing adventure but haven't climbed much before, here are some great places to start. (Text: Josh Lew)