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Feb 4, 2013
My wife and I were thinking of headed down to the dessert mid Feb. to do Castleton tower, North chimney most likely. Any locals wanna give their opinion on how uncomfortable this route would be in the middle of Feb. If you think its a bad idea I am open to suggestions, or dry canyons near by. your input is appreciated.

Danger-Russ
Danger-Russ Gordon
From Tempe, AZ
Joined Nov 30, 2011
150 points
Feb 4, 2013
I climbed the North Face the first weekend of December and it wasn't bad. Highs were in the mid-50s I believe and we wore a long sleeve base layer with windbreaker. The Kor-Ingalls would be a bit more comfortable, though, as it's South facing and only slightly more difficult. On a windy February day Castleton will be rather miserable. So it really depends on the prevailing weather. Alec LaLonde
Joined Sep 9, 2007
430 points
Feb 4, 2013
We did Ancient Art, Jah Man, and Kor Ingalls in a weekend last January and were fine. All these routes get good sun.

North Chimney in the shade might be a different experience though.
Dylan Weldin
From Athens, OH
Joined Dec 5, 2010
865 points
Feb 4, 2013
I think it would be really cold but you won't need feeling in your fingers to do the chimney pitches. trad4eva
Joined Jan 24, 2013
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Feb 4, 2013
We've done it in March without wind. It was cold in there. Hat, fleece, long pants, warm base layer shirt. It was cold enough to shiver and dislike waiting to climb. I'd consider hand warmers as a just in case. That being said, it's easier than Kor-Ingalls, but the slight difficulty difference and sunshine might make the KI worth switching to (if you haven't done it). The sun on top made us stop shivering. Leo Paik
From Westminster, Colorado
Joined Jan 1, 2001
22,015 points
Feb 4, 2013
north facing chimney in winter. sounds pretty cold. jah man is very south facing and sunny... S Denny
From Aspen, CO
Joined Sep 25, 2008
15 points
Feb 4, 2013
Could be nice, could be snowing. Have had it both ways. Check the forecast before climbing! Even on a warm day if it has BEEN cold, the air coming out of that crack will freeze you. Tony B
From Around Boulder, CO
Joined Jan 1, 2001
21,610 points
Feb 5, 2013
Thanks for the input guys! I think my wife might want to opt out for a different adventure Danger-Russ Gordon
From Tempe, AZ
Joined Nov 30, 2011
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