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Aug 14, 2016
I have never been to the RRG, but am considering a trip there this month, or next.

When I look at the forecast for Slade, KY (presumably the closet are on, it gives me what appears to be a ton of rain.

Is this a typical forecast for KY in the summer? Does this really mean that there is usually an afternoon rain shower/thunderstorm, but it passes through and you can resume climbing shortly after it passes? Does it mean it rains a lot every day and you cannot actually get any good climbing in?

Is it dumb to try and climb there in the late summer when I could climb there in the early or mid Fall?

Dave Schultz
From Saratoga Springs, New York
Joined Sep 11, 2011
200 points
Aug 14, 2016
If you climb hard, you'll be fine. There's lots of overhanging crags that stay dry. That being said, humidity and heat are issues. Sweat obviously isn't your friend.

The fall would be better. Why not go twice?!
Adam Fleming
From Red Rocks (current), North Carolina (base)
Joined Jun 22, 2015
293 points
Aug 14, 2016
People generally avoid the gorge like the plague during the summer. It's muggy, buggy, and as you saw, wet. That said, it's also mostly abandoned, so it can be a good time to go to beat the crowds as long as you acknowledge that you probably won't get full climbing days in (people I know usually do early morning and late afternoon/evening, avoiding hottest time of the day) nor will you be climbing your hardest. Ted Pinson
From Chicago, IL
Joined Jul 11, 2014
40 points
Aug 21, 2016
so I went two summers ago and got insanely luckily it was mid 70's maybe 80 for a whole week. I would not count on that though. A local we met at one of the crags said the previous year she didn't even go out once in july and most of august because it was so gross. If you can go in the fall absolutely wait. I have been twice in the fall and it is perfect. Mike Collins
Joined May 18, 2013
0 points
Aug 21, 2016
Eh, if you're okay with heat, humidity and copperheads you'll be fine :)

That was my home crag until recently and we'd climb practically all year, sometimes opting for T-Wall when it was really cold.
Mason Roberts
From Boulder, CO
Joined Jul 29, 2014
76 points
Aug 21, 2016
I went last year in June on my way home from NJ (which was cool and rainy). The humidity in KY was typical east coast so we packed up the next day and drove back to NM. Bill Czajkowski
From Albuquerque, NM
Joined Oct 6, 2008
15 points
Aug 21, 2016
Everything is a jug, go whenever MrZ
From Colorado
Joined Dec 17, 2010
10 points

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