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Is it wet out there?


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Ashort · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 35

How much rain did the canyons get the past two days? Any ideas on how long until it is climbable? Was planning on community pillar tomorrow, but maybe I should go for a more south facing sunnier route? 

Big B · · Sin City, NV · Joined Mar 2015 · Points: 0

it rained, it'll probably be sat. before its really ready, south facing might be ready tom(fri)

John Wilder · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Feb 2004 · Points: 1,530

Its soaked out in Calico Basin- definitely wont be dry by tomorrow. I cant imagine the canyons would be climbable before Sat or Sun.

John Hegyes · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Feb 2002 · Points: 5,008

It stopped raining at noon yesterday (Wednesday). We drove by Red Rock at that time and they had the loop road blocked off. Red Rock was closed presumably because of flood hazard, even after the rain stopped. This is totally baffling to me, seeing as how the BLM spent millions of dollars building two bridges along the loop road. Those bridges, which normally are totally useless because they span completely dry washes, are also apparently useless in keeping the road open during a mild rain storm (0.77" of rain spread out over 18 hours as measured at the Visitor Center). What a total waste of money those bridges represent!

Big B · · Sin City, NV · Joined Mar 2015 · Points: 0

John H, you sure it wasn't closed because of the wash down by the oak creek turn?

John Hegyes · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Feb 2002 · Points: 5,008
Big B wrote: John H, you sure it wasn't closed because of the wash down by the oak creek turn?

I didn't see it for myself because the loop road was closed. But I'm guessing you are correct, the wash by the Oak Creek turnoff was probably flowing across the road. They used to let cars drive through the flows, but now it seems the slightest rainstorm warrants a complete closure of the scenic drive. My point is why did they even bother spending millions on the bridges?

Big B · · Sin City, NV · Joined Mar 2015 · Points: 0

I feel your frustration...I wonder the same things out loud when I'm out there.

besides every local knows the money helped curb the parking issues ;)

Ashort · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 35

Does Black Orpheus usually take awhile to dry out?

John Wilder · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Feb 2004 · Points: 1,530
Ashort wrote: Does Black Orpheus usually take awhile to dry out?

It's a water drainage- but it'll probably dry pretty quick due to it being in the sun all day.

I also can't imagine climbing it this time of year...
John Hegyes · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Feb 2002 · Points: 5,008

Being up high on a south-facing wall it does get substantial sun and it's exposed to any winds, but the lower corners are shady in the morning and the upper corners are shady in the afternoon. It is going to be warm and clear over the next couple days, I would find it too hot to climb personally, but it's more likely to be dry than a completely shady route on other side of the canyon.

Ashort · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 35

Any suggestions of places to check out tomorrow to see if they are dry? Brass wall? 

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