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New Feature: Season Charts
Submitted By: Nick Wilder on Aug 18, 2014

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"When is the best climbing season at XXX?" is always a top question. Now MP has the answers!

Area pages on MP now have a "Climbing Season" chart showing you the peak climbing time. For example, you can use these to find out the best season for all of Eldorado Canyon ,but what's even more interesting are the differences at specific crags in the same neighborhood. For example, the West Ridge in Eldorado Canyon bakes in the summer, and you can see the July/August dip in the chart below.

But right across the creek, the north-facing Bastille remains cool and in top form through the toasty season, but is generally too cold in winter.

Check out more Climbing Season charts at these top destinations:
Yosemite Valley
Joshua Tree
Indian Creek
Red River Gorge
The Gunks

And this month's Factoid shows some areas with the longest and shortest climbing seasons.

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By Kent Pease
From: Littleton, Colorado
Aug 20, 2014
Nice feature.

I’m curious about what the graph is based on: frequency of ascents, simple meteorological criteria, an algorithm using meteorological data, precipitation patterns, area administrator’s opinion, apparel of climbers, or other? Given the differences in cliff orientation with consideration of sun/shade at different times of the day, and throughout the annual cycle, this could get complex….
By RockinOut
From: NY, NY
Aug 25, 2014
What is the graph based off of? Temp? Precip? Number of ppl in the area? Bugs? Traffic? Maybe keep the green line. Then have a red line for temp and a blue line for precip? You can list the temps down the left side and the temps down the right side? Otherwise this is pretty arbitrary.
By Brandon S
From: Weehawken, NJ
Aug 29, 2014
By the looks of the Gunks graph, I'm guessing this is based on MP "ticks". Obviously that's not perfectly correlated with "best" climbing season, but it's probably a good proxy.
By Nick Wilder
Site Landlord
From: The Bubble
Aug 30, 2014
The incorrect smoothing for Dec and Jan was bugging the crap out of me, and it's finally fixed.

And for those that asked, temperature and precipitation numbers will come soon.

Comparison for Hueco:
Rock Climbing Photo: Hueco: Old Chart
Hueco: Old Chart

Rock Climbing Photo: Hueco, new chart
Hueco, new chart

And Josh:
Rock Climbing Photo: Josh: Old Chart
Josh: Old Chart

Rock Climbing Photo: Josh: New Chart
Josh: New Chart

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