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Jan 15, 2014
Hi all,

Posting a shout-out to any and all who want to climb at RRG anytime between March 1-8 (I'm new to this part of the states--how is the weather in RRG in early March?), or some weekend between then and the end of April. I'm a friendly easy-going climber who just moved to Ann Arbor Michigan from Southern California.

Before I moved to MI I acquired a brand new, mostly full rack that I am dying to get some good use out of this year. However, I've only used the rack a few times, and my anchor-building skills are amateur at best.

What I'm trying to say is that I want to find some climbers who'd be game to be a trad mentor/teacher for me that week in March (or subsequent weekends). In return I'm great company, can cook/buy some Miguel's pizza for people, and I have all the gear we'll need.

When I was at the Red last October I was climbing (some on lead) in the 5.6-5.8 sport range. My trad goals are 1) practice good gear placement, 2) learn what makes for a good anchor, and 3) take some lead falls. So, basically, most trad elements.

If you or someone you know is up for a trad RRG trip later this spring, please let me know.

Thanks.

Lucas

LucasVJoel
From Ann Arbor, MI
Joined Jul 7, 2013
0 points
Jan 16, 2014
Hit me up when we get a little closer to then, I could help you out.

lheathrowland at gmail
lhrowland
From Frankfort, Ky
Joined Apr 28, 2011
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Jan 17, 2014
Starting the second section of Live to climb anoth...
Heath will be your man, great guy. Brad "Stonyman" Killough
From Alabama
Joined Jan 18, 2008
5,967 points
Jan 17, 2014
Awesome--thanks a lot for the responses. Heath, I'll definitely let you know what days I'll be at RRG once we get closer to spring.

Lucas
LucasVJoel
From Ann Arbor, MI
Joined Jul 7, 2013
0 points
Jan 17, 2014
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
1) Anybody know for sure the opening dates for Miguels? My computer won't let me access facebook to check it out. 2)..it's fucking coold in early March, could still be snowing with winter storms. 3). Also anyone know the dates for Red River Reunion fest , the official 'spring' opener for climbers there? My guess is during the early spring break' of lots of schools, about 22nd or 29th of March....that's when to show up there! Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
3,091 points
Jan 19, 2014
it snowed and had sub freezing temperatures last year in mid-late march, but every year is different around this time. Just a heads up because I'm sure a million college-gumbies will be converging on miguels around then and freezing their feet off. Rob D.
From Brooklyn, NY
Joined May 18, 2011
37 points
Jan 19, 2014
When I was there a few years back it was chili outside, and it rained a 3 or 4 days during the week we were there. However, when the sun was out, it was perfect climbing. Total crapshoot, like others have said. Jared Moore
From Tahoe City, CA
Joined Aug 1, 2013
125 points
Jan 21, 2014
This is all great to know. Sounds like we'll have a better idea of dates as those months approach. Will definitely be in touch. LucasVJoel
From Ann Arbor, MI
Joined Jul 7, 2013
0 points
Jan 21, 2014
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I was there last year the weekend of feb 24 was warm but a little wet and migules opened on the 24 of feb last year Ed Bustamante
From accord
Joined Oct 2, 2012
73 points
Administrator
Jan 21, 2014
Back in the day with my first Rambler...
Woodchuck ATC wrote:
1) Anybody know for sure the opening dates for Miguels?


Miguel's website says they will open March 1st.
Chris treggE
From Madison, WI
Joined May 25, 2007
9,229 points
Jan 22, 2014
Wichita Mountains, Sunshine Wall
What I'm trying to say is that I want to find some climbers who'd be game to be a trad mentor/teacher for me that week in March (or subsequent weekends).

My trad goals are 1) practice good gear placement, 2) learn what makes for a good anchor, and 3) take some lead falls. So, basically, most trad elements. If you or someone you know is up for a trad RRG trip later this spring, please let me know.

Lucas, If you hire a certified guide for a day, or better yet a few days, you will gain confidence, skill and knowledge. Yes it will cost you some cash, however the gained skills, knowledge and confidence will pay dividends for a lifetime. Or you can hook up with climbers and hope they know what they are talking about. I have hired Jim Taylor for AMGA courses. He is from the New River area. He will travel to the Red.
have fun and be safe,
r
roger fritz from rockford, IL
From Rockford, IL
Joined Aug 9, 2009
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Jan 23, 2014
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
It's so frickin' cold this winter, so I'll just say it: Even in March.
" yer gonna die'. .....
Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
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Jan 23, 2014
Wichita Mountains, Sunshine Wall
Woodchuck ATC wrote:
It's so frickin' cold this winter, so I'll just say it: Even in March. " yer gonna die'. .....


c'mon Woodchuck…you will be climbing at the lake by march!
roger fritz from rockford, IL
From Rockford, IL
Joined Aug 9, 2009
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Jan 23, 2014
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Surprisingly not true these last 10 years or more. I used to spend spring break up there, but now go to RRG instead. This year? Too early, I remember freezing and not doing much last year when I went down at end of March for RRR event at Miguels. Thinking more of an Easter week trip this season. Rock and cold doesn't work for me anymore,,,just ice climbs and cold. Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
3,091 points
Jan 26, 2014
The FA of Return of Manimal.
The weather is a toss up that time of year, In my 30yrs of climbing in the gorge I have seen it 70 and 25 with snow in the same week.Go for it! Tim Powers
From Indiana
Joined Jun 13, 2009
25 points
Jan 27, 2014
Thanks for all the feedback, everyone. Looks like it'll be a fun spring at the Red whenever the weather decides to get better. LucasVJoel
From Ann Arbor, MI
Joined Jul 7, 2013
0 points
Jan 27, 2014
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Yeah it's looking to be a long slow wicked winter for all of us. Now let's wait for the OFFICIAL weather prediction from the groundhog on Superbowl Sunday as to what we can expect for the next 6 weeks; winter continues with cold and snow, or a nice meltout and early spring. Always trust your local marmot, woodchuck or groundhog for up to date and accurate weather information. Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
3,091 points
Feb 13, 2014
Hey Lucas,
I live in SW Michigan and have been getting restless when it comes to planning/making trips down to the Red as soon as the weather shapes up. Let me know when you're trying to make trips down there, it'd be nice to maybe carpool to save gas and share the driving. Let me know , I'm down for anything either sport or trad, have a lot of gear myself so we would be covered. Erick
Erick Valler
From flat midwest
Joined Feb 28, 2011
16 points
Feb 14, 2015
Outrage Wall. Potrero Chico, Mexico.
Long slow wicked winter!? I was climbing at the Red pretty much every weekend in January. Looks like we're going to be stuck in a bit of a polar vortex at the moment though. DrRockso
Joined Sep 3, 2013
87 points
Feb 14, 2015
IDK
Brought back a year old thread to talk about weather at rrg? mustardtiger
Joined Oct 25, 2011
36 points
Feb 14, 2015
Outrage Wall. Potrero Chico, Mexico.
For some reason didn't see that it was a year old. But yes, weather down here has been great this winter! ;) DrRockso
Joined Sep 3, 2013
87 points
Feb 14, 2015
+1 for Erick V!

Lucas, I'll be there march 9-15 or so, i'm down for plugging gear
WinstonVoigt
Joined Feb 9, 2015
110 points
Feb 15, 2015
Winston! You make me blush with my first MP + 1 user referral! I'm way too psyched for March 9-10, that weather better be/will be awesome I'm sure. But anyways any Michigan climbers want to connect for future endeavors I still live in the SW part of state and need some more local climbers to keep enthusiasm up/trips planned. Love the Red, down for trips to Devils Lake, and also looking for someone familiar with Grand Ledge to make a visit there more fun/less frustrating figuring lines/best anchor setups. Erick Valler
From flat midwest
Joined Feb 28, 2011
16 points
Feb 15, 2015
Yea buddy! TEAM MP REMIX....weather pending.

Even if it's frigid I'll head up and plan on being cold for a week and hunting sun when possible
WinstonVoigt
Joined Feb 9, 2015
110 points
Feb 17, 2015
I'm in SW Michigan too, and am off work from March 27th to April 6th, if anyone is interested! I'm a 5.10 lead sport climber and have all the gear. Erick, where are you from in Michigan? Thomas Reed
From Lawrence, Michigan
Joined Feb 17, 2015
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