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How to best tell if RR is good-to-go post rain
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Apr 29, 2016
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So, I've heard that if you look at the ground around your climb and the ground is dry, powdery sand, then you're good to go?

Any other ways to make sure I'm not being that guy climbing too soon after the rain?
The Blueprint Part Dank
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Apr 29, 2016
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Dry powdery sand has always worked for me. If in doubt hit some of the nearby limestone or granite though. Desert rock sports on Charleston is a great resource for educated local guesses on if stuff will be dry, and alternates to the sandstone if its not. JK-
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Apr 29, 2016
It's pretty much the only way to have an idea, and even then it's not foolproof.

It's warming up fast, once the rains stop on Monday, the hills should be fine Wednesday and the canyons Thursday or Friday (depending on aspect) at the latest.

I usually give the canyons an extra day since they have to drain and there is just a lot more rock and aspects that can hold water.
John Wilder
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Apr 29, 2016
If only there were 12,000 other threads exactly like this one Burcheydawwwwwwg
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Apr 29, 2016
We some hyper multi-spectral sensors aimed at strategic locations with auto feed to the web. Dryness could be expressed in terms of distance from calibration signals: really soaked cal signal versus,say, some cal signal 15 days after the last rain in the heat of the summer.

Bill Lawry
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