If you are interested in a fun and exhilarating way to cool off this summer, then look no further. Deep water soloing is a great combination of climbing and cliff jumping. Here are the best spots in the US for this exciting sport.
It turns out the southernmost point in the continental US is also a great place for deep water soloing. If you happen to be on the Big Island in Hawaii, head down South Point Road and then make a right at the fork. When you see some wood structures at edge of a cliff, you have arrived. There are plenty of lines to try, and most if not all are over deep water.
Kincaid Lake, Jackson County Illinois
This lake is home to a 500 ft long, 60 ft high cliff made of impeccable sandstone. 30 routes and 10 boulder problems provide more than enough climbing potential. There isn’t much for beginners though, with the easiest routes starting at 5.10. You can use a boat to access the rock face or take a trail that runs down to the water.
Lake Travis-Pace Bend Park, Austin Texas
About 30 miles from Austin, Texas lies a great place to climb and escape the summer heat. Limestone cliffs range from 15-40 ft and offer routes for everyone from beginner to expert. Water landings are safe in this area, but a depth finder is still a safe bet. You’re gonna need a boat in order to explore all the nooks and crannies this lake has to offer. The variety of climbs and great weather make this one of the best deep water soloing locations.
Banks Lake-Grand Coulee, Washington
The Columbia River provides the water for this basin, with granite and basalt outcroppings providing abundant climbing potential. The climbing style varies from slopers and limited features with the granite to crimps, edges, and pockets for the basalt. Cliffs range from 10 to 40 ft in height, just make sure to jump out when climbing less than vertical walls. A boat rental is necessary to access the climbing.
Summersville Lake-West Virginia
This lake near the New River Gorge is home to miles of sturdy sandstone that is perfect for climbing. High quality single pitch sport routes line the north shore. The routes range from beginner to expert so everyone can get in on the action. A boat is required in order to get the full potential from this spot.
Summer isn’t quite over yet, and what better way to escape the heat than with repeatedly jumping into a cool body of water. These spots are the best for deep water soloing in the US, and are great for those looking to get one last adventure over summer. If you are feeling even more adventurous, check out our list of the best grotto climbing spots from around the world.