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By Omar Little
Jan 19, 2014

Hello!

I will be coming out East to spend some time at the Red this spring. I am coming out from New Mexico and am hoping to make some stops at other crags. It sounds like the Obed could be a good stop. How popular is it? I will be traveling solo. Are there enough people camped out at the Lily Pad to find partners there?
I am planning on heading out east in mid-late Feb.

Thanks!


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By Chuck Parks
From Atlanta, GA
Jan 19, 2014
Chuck in the final mellow section of Te Dum at the Near Trapps.

Finding climbing partners at the Lilly Pad on the weekend shouldn't be a problem (weather permitting). If you're there in the middle of the week in February, it might be a different story.

There's plenty of good bouldering at the Obed if you aren't able to find a partner for some reason.


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By kcradford
From Asheville, NC
Jan 19, 2014
Foot

If you hit it mid week I have seen it empty, in the winter.

Let me know if you are still looking for partners when you know when you are coming though. I could probably get out a couple days.


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By DennisL
Jan 23, 2014

Hey Omar, I'm starting my own trip in a few weeks and it looks like we'll be in Chattanooga at the same time - I'll send you a PM!


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By Omar Little
Jan 23, 2014

OK cool Dennis. Sounds good!

Thanks for the beta, guys. It looks like it is worth going to even if partnerless. Those roofs look crazy and the bouldering looks good as well.

One more question, and I know this one is not particularly fair, but when does "winter" become "spring" around those parts (Obed and the Red)? I guess I am curious about how long I should expect to be in for long, cold nights for bedding planning.


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By Jonathan Petsch
From Chattanooga, TN
Jan 23, 2014

Omar Little wrote:
when does "winter" become "spring" around those parts (Obed and the Red)? I guess I am curious about how long I should expect to be in for long, cold nights for bedding planning.



It's a toss up, man. You could get a day in late February where there's a high of 55 and a low around 40. Then again you could get a few days in mid-march where it snows a few inches and hovers around freezing. If the sun's out it will be warm enough to climb if it's in the the mid 30's, but if it's cloudy and humid it will feel too cold if it's in the 40's. You really have to play it by ear. Planning on a low in the 20's and then being surprised by warmer temps is better than planning on the weather being corporative, especially around here.


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By Blake Cash
Jan 24, 2014

Jonathan Petsch wrote:
It's a toss up, man. You could get a day in late February where there's a high of 55 and a low around 40. Then again you could get a few days in mid-march where it snows a few inches and hovers around freezing. If the sun's out it will be warm enough to climb if it's in the the mid 30's, but if it's cloudy and humid it will feel too cold if it's in the 40's. You really have to play it by ear. Planning on a low in the 20's and then being surprised by warmer temps is better than planning on the weather being corporative, especially around here.



Yep, "winter" and "spring" mean nothing around here. Last weekend was in the 60s and too hot to climb. This morning it's 7F and the windchill is -1. I've had sunny days in the high 20s climbing in the sun that were amazing and cloudy days in the high 40s that were raw and miserable.

Take a chance.


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By Omar Little
Jan 24, 2014

Cool, well it looks like I will bring the warm stuff and hope that it just takes up space in the van! Yeah, I've been checking the forecast for that area and it seems to be all over the map!


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By DennisL
Jan 24, 2014

Omar, I just sent you a PM.


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