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By jeffro
From rossland, bc
Nov 16, 2009

hey there. i've never climbed red rock, but i'll be there for a week in mid-december with a friend (feel free to climb with us!). we're sport climbers and my friend has just recently gotten into trad, though she doesn't have too too much of a trad rack setup yet...that said, the limit of our ability lead sport climbing is probably 5.9 or some easy 10s...but for our sake we're planning on sticking to the 8's and 9's and lower.

1)...is it foolish to head to a place like red rock with minimal trad gear?

2) given the fact that mid-december is probably some of the coolest climate of the year to be climbing in, are there still many people climbing from say the 15th of december onwards?

3) how close is the camping from the crag (if i read right, you can't actually camp at the base of the crags?), and is car theft much of an issue this time of year compared to any other?


sorry if these sound like ridiculous questions. any help would be appreciated!! drop me a line if you want to climb with us! cheers, all!


-jeff


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By cassondra
From las vegas, NV
Nov 16, 2009
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Hi Jeffro: Probably since you will be here for a week, the likelyhood is very high that you can get a lot of climbing in. Last year, we had an unusual amount of snow which prevented getting out for 2 days, then the following week we were out in our shirtsleeves. There is plenty of sport climbing to be done that time of year. it is a bit chilly at high elevations, but that doesn't stop everyone. In addition to sport climbing, Calico Basin has a lot of trad routes, mostly single pitch, but a few multi-pitch in nice sunny locations. That having been said, it probably would be good to hook up with someone with a full rack to maximize the routes availble to you. Per #2, There is some part of redrocks that is great to climb at any time of year, just not immediately after precipitation gets the sandstone wet. I hear that the limestone is just fine, though i have yet to sample it.


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By John Wilder
From Las Vegas, NV
Nov 16, 2009

you're from canada? just think of vegas in december as a mild summer for you- highs in the mid to high 50s. very nice for the most part. that said, dont underestimate it too much- layers and shells are a good thing.

stay off the rock for 24-48 hours after a rain, especially in the calico hills.

sport climbing- panty wall, magic bus, gallery, hamlet, etc are all open to you. if you find it tolerable, the Black Corridor is also good (and home to canadians near and far during the winter months...) dont be afraid of 5.10 here- bolt clipping grades are pretty soft for the most part in RR.

the campground is roughly two miles from the loop road. the parking lots for sport climbing are anywhere from 10-15 minutes from the crag. car theft happens, but its not rampant.


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By jeffro
From rossland, bc
Nov 16, 2009

awesome replies, thanks folks!

yea my climbing partner will probably have a decent trad rack by the time we get out there, but i just wanted to make sure we weren't entirely short-changing ourselves, as a few people have been telling me red rock is almost all trad. this is good news.

and yea i figured the weather would be fine...considering we climb here in ontario, during our spring, getting antsy for the season to start, when it's only a couple degrees above freezing (as long as the sun's out).

as for guidebooks, any suggestions?...



thanks again for the heads up; we entirely appreciate the extra knowledge!!


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By John Wilder
From Las Vegas, NV
Nov 16, 2009

Fun Climbs Red Rocks is good for TR, and the Supertopo is good for trad, and the Handren Guide is the DEFINITIVE guide for the area.

there are more sport routes in Red Rock than there are trad routes- or damn near it. there's plenty of everything here at every level for someone.


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