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By Unassigned User
Aug 10, 2010

How's the weather in December? Which walls are best? I've only visited in late April before. I have checked the monthly averages but some first hand experience / advice is always nice.
Thanks everyone.


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By Connor.Donahue
From Portland OR
Aug 10, 2010

Hey,

I spent a week in Red Rocks in mid December last year. Overall, a great trip. We camped at the main campground, and the hosts were pretty anal about the number of cars/tents per campsite, but it was really clean and well run otherwise.

Weather: Nice during the days! It was sunny most of the week, high 60s or even 70s, shorts sleeves or even shirt-free climbing. We spent most of our time at the first/second pullout, as well as the Kraft Boulders. However, once the sun even dips below the horizon, it gets really cold really fast. At night it was probably into the thirties, so bring lots of firewood (none in the area) or a warm sleeping setup. Mornings are worst, it takes a bit for the sun to warm things back up. Also, it got windy every night, which didn't help. Basically your standard winter desert weather...

Two of the guys in my party did Dream of Wild Turkeys...the rest of us did mostly sport and bouldering. And there are always the temptations of Vegas on your rest days. We capitalized on the All You Can Eat buffets. Overall, it's a sweet winter destination, busy but not crowded, and hey, you're climbing in December!


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By Woodchuck ATC
Aug 11, 2010
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

It's the desert, where short days and long nights mean it can get very cold by mid December. I camped out in zero temps back in mid 1990's out near Groom Lake from Dec.19-22, and it was pretty cold. But I agree that mid days should be just great for climbing in the Calico Hills. Coldest I remember there was about 50 degrees on a cloudy day.


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By John Wilder
From Las Vegas, NV
Aug 11, 2010

generally the climbing is pretty good in december- you'll want to stick to sunny, south facing walls. this will mean the Calico Hills (loop road side in the late morning/all afternoon|basin side in the morning), Pine Creek Canyon, Oak Creek Canyon, and Windy Canyon. Everything else (especially Black Velvet and Ice Box) will likely be pretty cold.

one thing to consider also is that the weather tends to destabilize in december/early jan, which means rain. its hard to predict which years will be wet, and which will be dry. my guess is that it'll be dry this year due to the super-wet spring, but i could be way off. if it rains, stay off the rock for AT LEAST 24hrs, but possibly longer if the cloud cover stays.


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