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Jun 8, 2010
Second pitch of MF at the Gunks, on 1/12/08.
I'm going to be in Vegas this weekend and am thinking about trying to do some climbing while I'm there. Is this crazy? I see people in this thread
say climbing in Red Rocks is doable, but 110 degrees seems kind of warm. Is Mount Charleston a better (cooler) choice, or will my lack of anorexia get me run out of town (although I do have capri pants)? Any other areas nearby I should know about?
Dr. Evil
From Boulder, CO
Joined Apr 18, 2006
863 points
Jun 8, 2010
Charleston has options, but honestly the climbing isn't that good under .11.

Crawdad canyon (veyo) may be an option up in st. George.

Paradise forks and other northern az destinations may be an option.

Thems the kicks in the summer here.
John Wilder
From Las Vegas, NV
Joined Feb 1, 2004
2,395 points
Jun 8, 2010
Cool snow formation at the base.
It's only supposed to be around 80 out at Red Rock this weekend. Should be sweet. sqwirll
From Las Vegas
Joined Mar 12, 2006
1,471 points
Jun 8, 2010
Tbolt summit block (photo by Damien)
110 F might be a tad bit warm, but the canyons were pleasant over Memorial Day weekend with LV temps in the high 80s to low 90s. In fact I had a hat on for part of Epinephrine. Not a bad time of year for Black Velvet and Ice Box for those of us less cold tolerant souls. fossana
From Sin City & Bishop
Joined Apr 30, 2006
12,441 points
Jun 9, 2010
Dow Williams, 2011
Sqwirll and Fossana are correct, pay attention to your forecast, June is still always doable from Red Rocks to Moab towers . Just focus on north facing aspects. Zion offers tremendous north face free climbing on Tunnel Wall, a ton of excellent 4+ pitches 5.10-12 crack routes many individual pitches within the routes which would rival anything at IC. You will have to monitor road construction mid week (via the Park website) in terms of whether you can get to the 2nd to last turn out which is the trail for these routes. Gypsy's Curse, Lap Dance, Feast of Snakes and POW Right in the Rat are all exceptional summer outings. Dow Williams
From St. George, Utah; Canmore, AB
Joined Mar 13, 2006
186 points
Jun 9, 2010
Growing a winter coat in Red Rock Canyon- December...
If the forecast is right, this weekend's gonna be perrrrfect for long routes in Red Rock's canyons! This might be the last "cool" weekend of the summer season coming up. Have fun! Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
Joined May 25, 2005
4,468 points
Jun 9, 2010
Second pitch of MF at the Gunks, on 1/12/08.
Now don't I feel silly for not checking the forecast! Getting up to Red Rocks will be fantastic. Thanks all for the advice. Dr. Evil
From Boulder, CO
Joined Apr 18, 2006
863 points
Jun 10, 2010
Mexican Crack in LCC SLC UT
I have climbed in Vegas in Aug before... all you have to do is chase the shade. If you do that you will be comfy and have a great day. When I have gone in the summer I lapped stuff in the black corridor...started the day on one side, and finished the day on the other... not to say that the top of the cimbs in the sun were not hot... but still ok, and did all the routes on the pier... I am not sure of those saw the sun all day. Also went over to Kraft mtn and was able to hit Yin Yang... look for the shade and you’ll be fine.

Then when your day is over (if your not staying in a hotel) you can poach one of the pools at a hotel (i would say hit the Suncoast) and grab a shower in the pool house before you go back to the camp ground. that or cool off in the climbing gym on charleston.
From Salt Lake City, UT
Joined Apr 15, 2009
208 points

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