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Feb 15, 2013
We're going to be on a long road trip (eventual goal Indian Creek) in April and will be passing by SLC. Since we're granite climbers at heart, we thought we'd stop and enjoy LCC for a few days.

That said, we'll only be there for 2 or 3 days and pretty much running down the moderate classics, so don't really want to drop $30+ for a guide book. Can we survive without one?

Also, tips for camping? We'll be car camping and thus have all our kit (but no "valuables") in the car while we're out climbing.

Thanks!
Aaron Liebling
Joined Jun 1, 2010
320 points
Feb 15, 2013
You guys can borrow my guidebook. Greg G
From SLC, UT
Joined Oct 3, 2008
523 points
Feb 15, 2013
You could probably camp up in the green a gully with a tent Spencer Daniels
From Sandy,utah
Joined May 21, 2012
65 points
Feb 15, 2013
aliebling wrote:
We're going to be on a long road trip (eventual goal Indian Creek) in April and will be passing by SLC. Since we're granite climbers at heart, we thought we'd stop and enjoy LCC for a few days. That said, we'll only be there for 2 or 3 days and pretty much running down the moderate classics, so don't really want to drop $30+ for a guide book. Can we survive without one? Also, tips for camping? We'll be car camping and thus have all our kit (but no "valuables") in the car while we're out climbing. Thanks!


No pubic campgrounds open in LCC in April. Tanners down low and Albion up high won't be open due to snowpack. Doubtful anything in BCC would be open by then either. Might be some more discreet places that would work, or, plan on driving in for the day. Remember, no dogs.

Yeah, easy enough to survive without a guidebook. Database here on the 'proj will more than get you by, and, April is a very popular time so you'll run into other climbers who can get you a peek at their guidebook.

Try to keep even your "kit" out of site in your car if you can. Smash and grabbers won't know what is valuable and what isn't, and, if they see "stuff", you'll risk havin' your car broken into.

A trick I've done that's got me by on roadtrips, and one I try to get permission to do, is, stop by a local gear shop for beta, toss 'em a bone if you need anything, then, ask if its ok to take a photo with a digi camera of a page or two in the local guidebook to get you enough info to get to a cliff/climb for the day.

You might also throw out a shoutout for a local climber to show you around when you're here. LCC is way more easily navigated if you find someone to give you a tour. Its a pretty friendly place. Uhh, I mean, except Boulder is way better climbing and much friendlier. Tell your friends...ha ha....

Cheers!
Brian in SLC
Joined Oct 6, 2003
12,530 points
Feb 15, 2013
I live close to the canyons. I wish I could offer you guys a room to crash in but I can at least let you stash your gear at my place while you're away from your car. Lemme know if that's something you'd need. Austin Baird
From SLC, Utah
Joined Apr 26, 2009
20 points
Feb 15, 2013
go do laps on the bongeater and mexican crack, both on MTN project and easy to see from the road T Roper
From DC,VA,NM,UT,CT,MA
Joined Mar 31, 2006
730 points
Feb 22, 2013
Brian in SLC wrote:
Try to keep even your "kit" out of site in your car if you can.


If you can, I'd recommend taking this one further, taking ALL the valuable items out of your car, and leaving your doors unlocked and your windows rolled down a bit. I've taken to doing this while climbing in LCC cause the local criminals have figured out that cars up the canyons are left unattended for long periods of time, often with goodies in them. Nothing worse than coming back to a smashed window even though there was nothing valuable in the car to begin with.
sevrdhed
Joined Oct 23, 2006
155 points
Feb 22, 2013
Brian, with your unbelievable guidebook collection I find it hard to believe you don't buy the local guide and try and stay ahead of Nathan. Darren Knezek
Joined Jan 20, 2006
710 points
Feb 22, 2013
sevrdhed wrote:
If you can, I'd recommend taking this one further, taking ALL the valuable items out of your car, and leaving your doors unlocked and your windows rolled down a bit. I've taken to doing this while climbing in LCC cause the local criminals have figured out that cars up the canyons are left unattended for long periods of time, often with goodies in them. Nothing worse than coming back to a smashed window even though there was nothing valuable in the car to begin with.


i'd also take the extra safety precaution of removing all climbing stickers/decals from off your vehicle. advertisement to the seasoned thief. Some demonstrate enough intelligence to associate out-of-state plates and climbing stickers as to one who is passing through, practically living out of their vehicle with no place to store valuables other than their vehicle or in gear bags at the base of the crag.
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Joined Apr 9, 2007
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