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New rock climbers find boulders worth scaling around the nation

USA TODAY Logo By USA TODAY of USA TODAY | Slide 1 of 9: Rock climbing, one of the country’s fastest growing sports, not only builds physical strength and mental focus, but also can lead you to some beautiful places, says Chris Santella, author of "Fifty Places To Rock Climb Before You Die" (Abrams Image, $24.99).  With the increasing popularity of climbing gyms and the addition of climbing to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, interest is booming. (Here, U.S. Olympic team members Brooke Raboutou, left, and Kyra Condie practice in Los Angeles.)  Scroll ahead to see some of Santella's favorite U.S. climbing spots that are welcome newer climbers, which he shared with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY.

Rock climbing, one of the country’s fastest growing sports, not only builds physical strength and mental focus, but also can lead you to some beautiful places, says Chris Santella, author of "Fifty Places To Rock Climb Before You Die" (Abrams Image, $24.99).

With the increasing popularity of climbing gyms and the addition of climbing to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, interest is booming. (Here, U.S. Olympic team members Brooke Raboutou, left, and Kyra Condie practice in Los Angeles.)

Scroll ahead to see some of Santella's favorite U.S. climbing spots that are welcome newer climbers, which he shared with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY.
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