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Definitely looking forward to getting some real climbing in. Cold weather makes it better and you don't sweat your undercarriage off either!

Cold does miracles. Most climbers are too wimpy to do it when it is 30, 20, 0. Not me. I love the crag in the winter. Besides one or two people, its all mine.

Steve


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I agree with you 100%, I love climbing in the cold because the muscles take that much longer to warm up. By the time I'm "pumped out" I've already climbed double the usual I can handle. Of course when I defrost that's another story

And I love the way the cold air feels in my lungs when I'm really excerting myself. It's great!

Christian


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So is getting nekid


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I'm with you. Now that the humid midwestern summer is coming to an end, I'm looking forward to getting back to my tick list for October and November.

One thing though, how do you rock climb when it's 0 degrees out? What do you do to keep your hands warm without sacrificing their sensitivity with gloves? What about footwear?


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Cold is great but sometimes it hurts.

This weekend I was at 3,765 mts. and found a very nice place to boulder. It was pretty cold and just like you guys mentioned, it takes more time to get pumped BUT, small holds cause more pain in the cold, at least for me.

On the good side, I didn't had chalk but i didn't needed.


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yes, cold is good. but it hurts. and cold shoes are a pain in the toes you just have to warm up a little longer.

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Steve,

I believe your crag is Devil's Lake? When I spent the winter of 1995/96 there I was trying to get out in the winter. I did a roped solo of Birch Tree in plastic boots and a full snowstorm - thought I was back in the Alps for a while!

All in all, though, I'll take the Fall... er make that Autumn.

Tom


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overload, next time ask ur chick to sit on ur feet so they ll be warmer !


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You guys are sick puppies. Winter is for ice climbing. Personally, my hands go numb when the air temp is under 30 degrees and I'm climbing without gloves, especially when the rock temp is equally cold. I have found that a chemical hand-warmer pack in the chalk bag does wonders for the fingers, though.


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So suppose you're one of those sick puppies that do not ice climb and regardless of how cold it is, you're still gonna climb. . .is there some sort of glove out there that you can wear while you climb? I guess it is just a matter of wearing gloves while you're belaying and sucking it up while you are climbing.


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BrrrrRrRrRrrr. I am from the desert, and have NO tolerance for cold whether I am climbing or not! My hands don't wanna work when they're cold. Throw some stiff wind in there... oy. No fun for this thin-blooded little one.

I would say "Bah. cold. gym." but being in southern Arizona, I actually don't have to look too hard to find some sunny cliffs close to home. So I'm lucky, I can climb on rock all year without being in the miserable freezing cold


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I remember climbing at Devil's Lake in February. Most of the other people there seemed to be ice fishing. I just wore some liner gloves and removed them for harder moves.
Hand jams were especially cold.
I prefer temps in the 60's for climbing but temps in the 20's will do in a pinch.


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Climbing is a sport for every season BUT winter, the second I see a snowflake I'm off to the backcountry for every day of snowboarding i can get in before the snow melts.


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My biggest problem with climbing in the cold is getting people to do it with me. I did drag some epole out with me once, but they complained all the time, didn't want to climb and it was a really short outing. Shure, having a belay slave is nice, but climbing is alot less fun when you have to listen to incesant whining.


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Yeah it hurts some, but I climb much better in the cold than I do when it is hot. I get tired easy on hot days and slip off the rock. In the cold I feel great and even though my fingers complain in the beginning, I always feel great in the end.


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being from arizona i too prefer it a little warmer. but give me 45-55 deg and the slopers you were greasing off when it was 85 stick like velcro. ahhh cold!!

only supposed to be 100 today.


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I can see climbing in 30 degree weather, but 0 degree. I would rather trek up a mountain with proper gear.


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climbing is best in the cold...with a set of tools in your hand!


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IM having to agree with spanky on this one, snow = snowboarding wow there almost the same word. but on that note i still like to poach a few cold sunny winter climbing days. but i can only last so long before the fingers start to hurt to much.


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