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Where to climb in late Feb to Early March?
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Feb 20, 2013
I live in Summit County and am thinking about Garden of the Gods, Shelf Road, Rifle, and Moab. Does anyone have a recent experience in any of these places or spring climbing experience? Just trying to make sure conditions and weather will be cooperating.

From Salt Lake City
Joined Jun 14, 2012
15 points
Feb 20, 2013
GoG: Don't Bother

Shelf in winter: yes, yes, a thousand times yes

Rifle: Climb ice? Otherwise, brrrrrr.

Moab: Maybe. Sunny crags, on nice days
From Seattle, WA
Joined Jun 9, 2008
5 points
Feb 20, 2013
It depends on what you're going for.

GOTG: If you are interested in cool formations and towers then this is a good spot. If you're looking for super-clean, well protected, solid rock, then that would not be the place to go. For most climbers it's a cool place to visit and do all the classic climbs and then never return. Weather is likely to be good as long as it doesn't rain or snow. Adventure sport climbing is a pretty apt term.

Shelf: Awesome if you're just looking to do some warm sport climbing. There's lots of routes on good rock. Cragging at it's best.

Rifle: Haven't climbed there but I'd agree with the above, likely cold.

Moab: I've been out there in late march several times and it's been fun. Usually really cold at night but the days are warm enough and you can get a lot done. Expect plenty of wind and sand in your eyes. Good for getting your crack fix.

Another thing you might add if you're looking to just do some single pitch cragging is Penitente. It will probably be nice that time of year. You could start with GOTG for a day, camp overnight at Shelf and climb for however long, then finish up in Penitente and either return home or reverse your route. Although most of the Front Range is good that time of year if the weather if the sun is out.
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