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Oct 19, 2012
I will be climbing at Red Rocks in late November. Thanksgiving week to be exact. What clothes should I bring? I have never been out there so I don't exactly know what to bring. Tom Lausch
From Madison WI
Joined Apr 10, 2012
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Oct 19, 2012
Definitely a tough one to figure out, but rest assured, all your questions can be answered here:

A safe bet for late November is pants, t-shirts, a fleece or lightweight down or synthetic insulating layer, and a shell. A heavier insulating layer might be nice for mornings, evenings, and belay duty on colder days. If it's sunny, no matter the temps, you'll be climbing in pants and a t-shirt. If it's not sunny, you will probably be wearing the insulating layer and be somewhere between very comfortable and absolutely miserable depending on conditions.
Josh Janes
Joined Jun 8, 2001
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Oct 19, 2012
As Josh said, it is wildly variable there. You can climb in the sun without a shirt on if the weather is good, or you can freeze your nuts off on a cold and windy day in the shade.

For the most parts, expect to be climbing in long pants and a long sleeve, and belaying with a jacket on.

Bring everything from shorts and sandals to down booties and the biggest down jacket you can find(for cold nights). It is also nice to have a lightweight, compressible down jacket to wear at belays on longer routes if it is chilly.

If camping, bring a very warm sleeping bag (cold nights) and a very sturdy tent. The winds in the campground can be insane, and are known for snapping tent poles.
From Seattle, WA
Joined Jun 9, 2008
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Oct 20, 2012
Make that a small, sturdy tent. I found out the hard way what happens to a roomy tent in 35mph desert winds. cassondra long
Joined Nov 26, 2008
90 points
Oct 23, 2012
I like cheap yoga pants for warm days (with ass patch please) and thicker climbing pants for cold days or shady climbs...Patagonia Rock Bottoms or similar.

A watch cap is nice. Windstopper headband...lightweight stretch fleece, a vest for under a wind shell can bridge the difference between cold and bulky around the arms when leading.

UnderArmour top is not a bad idea. All the previous contributors covered the rest of your kit.

Coldest wind comes out of the NW....Figure on very windy days you are going sport climbing or to the Brass Wall, maybe over by Tri Burro Corner in Pine Creek, low in Oak Creek..when it rains the Rodeo Wall is OK.
Thomas Beck
From Las Vegas, Nevada
Joined Feb 5, 2006
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