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aimeerose


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If you could go anywhere in mid-May for 2 weeks to climb, where would you go? Keep in mind it needs to be about a 6 hour flight from Arizona and kid-friendly (no super long approaches or rappels). Looking forward to hearing people's ideas.


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well, I have never been there, but I have always wanted to go to the Red...

I think may is prime season out there.


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I really want to go to Zion, I would think it'd be kid friendly there's other things to do besides just climb. It looks beautiful.

Other than that what about maybe somewhere in CO maybe in the Estes Park area or down around the fourteeners?


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Have you ever been to Smith Rocks? That's a pretty kid-friendly place - short approaches to a lot of good routes and user friendly at the base.


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El Potrero Chico has very short, easy approaches and plenty of easy routes with lots of holds and good friction.


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All good suggestions. Zion would be fun, but I don't think there's any sport climbing there. Smith is sort of hard to get to by air and my hubby doesn't like Potrero cause of the rock fall. But, keep the ideas coming!


metrogroaz


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I'm looking through an Eldorado Canyon guide book right now, might be up your alley?

K ris


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Anywhere in Arkansas


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It is a good time for the RRG. i have a couple of friends who have been going there with their kids/babies, so I am assuming it is kid friendly, too.


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Another vote for RRG. RRG is very accessible also, just an hour from the Lexington, KY airport. Look up www.redriverclimbing.com for more information.


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I don't think you can go wrong at the red. There are so many different areas there to choose from that you could go to a different one each day and not get bored. The one thing I would say about the Red is that there isn't a great deal of development for routes easier than 5.10 and those areas tend to be busier on weekends. Seeing as you would be there for two weeks that probably wouldn't be as big a problem for you.

You can go to http://www.redriverclimbing.com to check out the online guidebook

Edit: You would probably want to consider staying at someplace besides the main climbers hangout (Miguel's) if you are bringing small children. There is plenty of camping and other lodging nearby the RRG.


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vote in for rumney.. huge concentration in you and kyle's range of 11-13's Approaches aren't bad.. fairly short climbs with good belay areas to keep the kiddo out of trouble

good times for sure


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 I WENT TO ESTES ALL THE TIME WHEN I WAS LITTLE!! dunno about the climbing there though...but it sure as hell was fun...we did a lot of horseback riding, and hiking and there are these GINOURMOUS (yea, thats a word) slides that were a blast...CO is definitley a good plan if you want your kids to have more to do than climb Wink


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Smith is not so hard to get to by air, there are many flights into Redmond from all over the west. It is awesome and worth it! Also, you can fly to Portland and rent a car and it is about a 2 hour drive, but an easy 2 hours. Go to Smith, May is usually great there. Otherwise I would sample the crags around St. George, a bit warm then but there are many crags in the shade and its easy to get around.


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I was thinking the red too, but wondering about the weather. Seems some folks think it could either be rainy or too hot and humid. Anyone have any thoughts about that?

BTW- I may not have mentioned in the original post, but we're looking for sport climbing areas, so Zion and Eldo are no go's.


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aimeerose wrote:
I was thinking the red too, but wondering about the weather. Seems some folks think it could either be rainy or too hot and humid. Anyone have any thoughts about that?

BTW- I may not have mentioned in the original post, but we're looking for sport climbing areas, so Zion and Eldo are no go's.

I guess it depends on what a comfortable temp is for you. If you prefer that it is cooler than 50 when you climb then by mid-may it will probably be too warm. However I find that much of the climbing at the Red can be enjoyable even with temps in the 80s. It is all dependent on your preferences I guess. I live in Wisconsin so the humidity in Kentucky is no surprise to me but it may be for someone that is less accustomed to that sort of thing.

Precipitation can be somewhat unpredictable in the spring but there are several areas that you can climb at even if there is a torrential downpour.


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New River Rendezvous is mid May


wes_allen


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The red in May can be really good. Not usually super hot/humid by then, but it can be a little bit steamy. If you are here for two weeks, you will probably get rained on at least once, but with the steepness of the crags, it is still easy to climb (assuming you are doing 5.10ish sport and up). There are some good cabin rentals http://www.redriveroutdoors.com and http://www.torrentfalls.com, with torrent having climbing right out the door of the cabin.

Most crags are pretty kid friendly, but not kid proof. And, there will be snakes and bugs around by then. Again, nothing to crazy, but a concern.

As has been mentioned, http://www.redriverclimbing.com is a good resource, and you can PM me with further questions if you would like.


aimeerose


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Sweet, just heard Skaha will be accesable this season. Any canucks out there want to give me some beta on how kid friendly it is and how far of an approach?


clausti


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aimeerose wrote:
Sweet, just heard Skaha will be accesable this season. Any canucks out there want to give me some beta on how kid friendly it is and how far of an approach?

are y'all bringing a third to watch the infant?

edit to add: pick a dogless crag. summersville, WV is an example. (unless the dogs come on boats.) the thought of loose dogs+baby makes me throw up in my mouth a little.

third edit: i retract summersville on account of copperheads.


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aimeerose


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pick a dogless crag. summersville, WV is an example. (unless the dogs come on boats.) the thought of loose dogs+baby makes me throw up in my mouth a little.

Yeah, probably won't be doing that since our darling dog goes with us everywhere. She's the first born, afterall.

We're hoping to bring the mother-in-law to help out with infant care. Hmm, which reminds me, that's another reason the approach needs to be relatively easy. Maybe the Red would be better than Skaha.


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Another vote for RRG.

Make sure you pick up or have a look at new guide book, approach time is listed at the beginning of every crag.

Good solid sandstone.

Have fun.


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Nothing like resurrecting a three year old post.....

Where did you end up going? We are planning a trip in May and have some similar criteria, <1 hr from airport, shortish approach, somewhere reasonable to stay and eat, single or shortish multipitch, happy to have company on adjacent climbs, plan for shorter days, nothing too epic, no 5.00am starts and no hiking out by headtorch.


aimeerose


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We went to Maple Canyon, which is about 1.5 hours from the nearest airport. It was fun, as always. I can highly recommend it if you've never been. I think Red River Gorge would be smokin' hot in May, but you can always check the weather archives. It's so amazing there. Maybe this year it will be cooler since it's been so cold everywhere this year.


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