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What are good outdoor climbing locations (in the US) around late Jan, early Feb?


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Shahbaz Chaudhary · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2018 · Points: 0

I've seen a couple of web pages like this:
https://www.rei.com/blog/climb/five-places-rock-climb-winter

Before planning a trip with a friend, I wanted to check with folks here.

My friend and I are not super experienced, we have done two or three outdoor climbs. We would like to climb outdoor over a few days in early to mid Feb. In the gym we have been climbing for about a year and for the past couple of months we have been doing lead climbing. I climb around 5.10+ while my friend can comfortably climb 5.11s. There is a good possibility we will be able to get someone more experienced with us, but not a certainty. We are not opposed to getting a guide for our first day. We are in Chicago and NYC but I expect we will have to go much further South.

I think easier sport routes will be best for us so we can get comfortable climbing outside more (perhaps even starting as low as 5.7 and working up to whatever our limit is). The weather should be bearable, we are looking to get out of Chicago/New York after all :)

Looking forward to hearing your advice.

Blakevan · · Dallas, TX · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 55

If it's a nice day it would be hard to beat HCR for your request but it's a bit of a drive from CHI and not very close to any airport.


https://www.mountainproject.com/area/105903004/horseshoe-canyon-ranch

nathanael · · Riverside, CA · Joined May 2011 · Points: 347

red rock, fly into vegas for cheap

Shahbaz Chaudhary · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2018 · Points: 0
Blakevan wrote:

If it's a nice day it would be hard to beat HCR for your request but it's a bit of a drive from CHI and not very close to any airport.


https://www.mountainproject.com/area/105903004/horseshoe-canyon-ranch

I'm sure we will be flying in to the closest city so driving distance doesn't necessarily matter. Anything in particular which makes HCR more interesting than other locations?

Evan Crumpecker · · Colorado Springs · Joined Oct 2015 · Points: 170

If you're gonna fly anyway, I'd second red rock in vegas, just get a last minute ticket and check the weather before you go (can't climb there within 3 days of a rain). A guide would probably be a good idea if you've never climbed outdoors before.

Blakevan · · Dallas, TX · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 55

It has 500ish routes and a lot of them 5.6 - 5.10 but some challenging 11s.  It has a very short approach and the walls/climbs are very easy to find and identify. There is a great circus atmosphere and that time of year you'll have a bunch of people there to have fun with.  It's basically an outdoor gym.

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