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Oct 10, 2012
Hanging out on El Cap
Hey everybody,

I'm trying to plan a trip to the southwest this winter (probably early January) to climb some rocks. My friends and I are very interested in going to Red Rock and have heard a variety of things regarding winter conditions there. Does anyone have advice, stories, or suggestions? Would Red Rock be a good destination for some winter climbing? Thank you very much.

Steven Tata
From Amherst, MA
Joined Apr 8, 2012
176 points
Oct 10, 2012
sure, red rock is nice. days are short, but moderate south facing climbs are plentiful here. pretty much pick your poison- casual cragging to full day multipitch to fun sport climbing in the sun.

that said, you need to be willing to stay off the rock for a day (or more) if it rains. the rock needs a full day of sun to dry after a rainstorm.
John Wilder
From Las Vegas, NV
Joined Feb 1, 2004
2,395 points
Oct 10, 2012
Puffy jackets and Happy Boulders
The most classic routes tend to be on the north facing walls of the canyons, which are usually bigger, steeper, and have better "varnished" rock. But you will find plenty of stuff to climb in the sun too. The sport climbing especially tends to be warmer and somewhat wind-sheltered. If you've never been before, it's well worth a trip. Vegas is also a pretty rad town to explore if you're waiting on the rock to dry. Bryan G
From Yosemite
Joined Nov 17, 2007
4,743 points
Oct 10, 2012
after the hard stuff, into cruiser hands.
not worth the chance with cross the country travel. Been there twice in nov and got snowed on both times. JTree weather was exactly the same (before someone says just go to JTree then) NickinCO
From colorado
Joined Sep 17, 2010
239 points
Oct 11, 2012
Me and Spearhead
Like John said, the days are short. But the main issue w/ anywhere in January is that the weather is not nearly as reliable. You can't really plan more than a few days ahead.
And the real bitch w/ any desert is that a would be nice 50 degree, January day can turn into a suffer-fest w/ just a little bit of wind.

But I've had amazing trips to Red Rocks and J-Tree that time of year so you never know.
Brent Apgar
From Out of the Loop
Joined Oct 20, 2007
143 points
Oct 12, 2012
axe in dryerhose
Been there in January before, it was great! Started the day all bundled up, but by the time the sun comes out and you've hiked a while it doesn't matter. Most days in sunny climbs we were in T-shirts when we weren't in the sun it could get a bit miserable though. Super windy at night and fairly chilly so bring a good stove and tent-mate. angieL
From Madison, WI
Joined Jul 31, 2009
5 points

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