Conditions in Leavenworth this weekend?


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Sean Godwin · · Vancouver, BC · Joined Dec 2010 · Points: 698

The forecast suggests it's going to be dry for the weekend, but I know it rained a lot yesterday (Thursday) and some today (Friday). I've only been to Leavenworth once, so I don't have a great grasp of how quickly the rock dries after rain. 

Would I be stupid to go drive down there from Vancouver? Is everything going to be wet?

Thanks!

Jimmy Downhillinthesnow · · Bozeman, Montana · Joined Mar 2013 · Points: 10

Lots of things dry fast but th crux is gonna be if there's still snow on the ground. I say you do it and if it's wet continue on to Vantage

Sean Godwin · · Vancouver, BC · Joined Dec 2010 · Points: 698
Jimmy Sledd wrote:

Lots of things dry fast but th crux is gonna be if there's still snow on the ground. I say you do it and if it's wet continue on to Vantage

Thanks! I was there last weekend and the snow on the ground was very manageable up Icicle with waterproof boots. 

The rain is what has me worried, especially with the flood and mudslide warning on the forecast!

Jake Martinez · · Leavenworth, Washington · Joined Oct 2014 · Points: 0

I live in Leavenworth and it rained pretty hard throughout the night last night. There were some showers throughout the day today and there are some pretty ominous looking clouds overhead right now. The rock does dry quickly here but it needs warming conditions which if the forecast holds true doesn't look like we will be getting that for the next couple of days.

Sean Godwin · · Vancouver, BC · Joined Dec 2010 · Points: 698
Jake Martinez wrote:

I live in Leavenworth and it rained pretty hard throughout the night last night. There were some showers throughout the day today and there are some pretty ominous looking clouds overhead right now. The rock does dry quickly here but it needs warming conditions which if the forecast holds true doesn't look like we will be getting that for the next couple of days.

Thanks Jake! That really helped. I ended up not chancing it. Much appreciated.

TaylorLutz · · Seattle · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 65

Same question for conditions tomorrow? Anybody have an update on how wet it was today and whether you think things will be dry Sunday?  Thanks

Ben Johnson · · Bellingham, Wa · Joined Jan 2017 · Points: 0

It was sunny and many routes were dry today. Should be even better tomorrow.

JCM · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jun 2008 · Points: 95

Bump. How are things looking for this coming weekend. Less worried about rain- wondering more about snow and runoff on the crags and approaches. Are there some crags starting to dry out, or still pretty snowy?

Brian K · · Seattle, WA · Joined Oct 2016 · Points: 0
JCM wrote:

Bump. How are things looking for this coming weekend. Less worried about rain- wondering more about snow and runoff on the crags and approaches. Are there some crags starting to dry out, or still pretty snowy?

Icicle Ridge stuff is pretty dry.  I went up to Pearly Gates last weekend and found it wet, and with ~2 ft of rotten snow at the base.

mediocre · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 0

Do we really have to hash this out again? If the rock is wet please don't climb. Give it time to dry.

JCM · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jun 2008 · Points: 95
mediocre wrote:

Do we really have to hash this out again? If the rock is wet please don't climb. Give it time to dry.

Where's this attidtude coming from?  This isn't Red Rocks. Not desert sandstone. Granite. Not soluble. OK to climb on when wet. And this is Washington. If people waited until things were perfectly dry, that would eliminate climbing for most of the year. Climbing on somewhat-wet rock is definitely a thing people do here. It doesn't hurt the rock. Though climbing dry rock is much more fun.

Jplotz · · Wenatchee, WA · Joined Sep 2011 · Points: 950
mediocre wrote:

Do we really have to hash this out again? If the rock is wet please don't climb. Give it time to dry.

Now this made me laugh.

Maybe we should let the Las Vegas locals make the call on this...

Kyle Elliott · · Everett, WA · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 375

Been in Leavenworth the last few weeks. Plenty of dry stuff if you have a few hours of sun. Boulderers EVERYWHERE. Road is full of potholes and snow isn't cleared beyond bridge breek cg. 

Also nothing wrong with a little wet granite. 

Nick Drake · · Newcastle, WA · Joined Jan 2015 · Points: 478
Brian K wrote:

Icicle Ridge stuff is pretty dry.  I went up to Pearly Gates last weekend and found it wet, and with ~2 ft of rotten snow at the base.

Just out of curiosity why head up into the shaded crag that is best when it's stupid hot in July? (note I'm not judging, my dumbass froze my ass off in the shade at the bend last weekend)

Brian K · · Seattle, WA · Joined Oct 2016 · Points: 0
Nick Drake wrote:

Just out of curiosity why head up into the shaded crag that is best when it's stupid hot in July? (note I'm not judging, my dumbass froze my ass off in the shade at the bend last weekend)

Mostly inexperience with the area.  An experienced friend recommended this as a classic crag that would be good for a day.  I couldn't see how wet and snowy it was from the road.  It was a great hike :).  Live and learn.

Nick Drake · · Newcastle, WA · Joined Jan 2015 · Points: 478
Brian K wrote:

Mostly inexperience with the area.  An experienced friend recommended this as a classic crag that would be good for a day.  I couldn't see how wet and snowy it was from the road.  It was a great hike :).  Live and learn.

Well now you know where to go when it's hot at least! I'll take the great hike over the live and learn mistake on south facing friction slab when it's 85 degrees out.....

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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