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kerouac


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I'm looking for a good winter sport climbing destination. I'm planning on heading south in March but don't know where yet. Any suggestions?? And please don't say J-tree, I'm looking for SPORT climbing not trad. Thanks.


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Moved to sport climbing.

Actually march can still be pretty cold in many places. I would suggest the following:

Potrero Chico - Monterey MEXICO (if you can do it, this is the place)
Smith Rocks - Bend OR
Jack's Canyon - Winslow AZ
Queen Creek - Superior AZ
New Jack City - Barstow CA (not a true destination area, but worth hitting if in the area)
Owens River Gorge - Bishop CA (may be a touch on the chilly side but will be good)
St George Areas - Utah (VRG, Utah Hills, Chuckwalla, etc)
Red Rocks - Vegas

Those should give you a few ideas.

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Arizona. Duh

La Milagrosa Canyon, Tucson, AZ
The Dry, near Tucson, AZ
Isle of You, Cochise Stronghold, AZ
scattered crags on the lower half of Mt. Lemmon, Tucson, AZ
Queen Creek, Superior (Phx), AZ
Jacks Canyon, AZ (but stay in the sun, can be pretty nippy)


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climbsomething it would haveto be damn nippy for him to notice. He is from Canada the place where they live in igloos year round and have pet moose


duskerhu


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   Yeah, there's nothing even remotely "NIPPY" anywhere in AZ to anyone who lives in any northern US border state or Canada...

If there's not snow on it, and the temp is above freezing, it's all good!!! Yeah!

duskerhu


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Red Rie gorge ky

or

New river gorge wv

or hit both they are only about 4to 5 hours apart.

DaggerX


zee


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Come to the Potrero in Mexico brother. Where winter is home to all northern sorts who think that 60 degrees fahrenheit is warm weather! I personally think its a bit bloody cold to be climbing...60 degrees...but others seem to like it. Give me a 100 degree day anytime

But there is some truely stellar multipitch (6-15 pitches) sport bolted routes in the area. A must do winter desitination.


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I have to agree with climbsomething. I just moved to SLC from Tucson a year ago and I am very familiar with the areas she is talking about. I would particularly reccomend the Dry if you like 5.11 and up overhanging limestone sport routes. The wall is south facing so it gets sun all day and the elevation is low. Probably the warmest crag in the US. There are some amazing routes with tufas and stalactites out there as well (seems weird in the middle of AZ but they're there). The Dry was in R&I a few months ago but a complete topo can also be found at www.arizonaclimbing.com. If you looking for 5.10 and under go to Miligrosa or Jacks canyon but it will be a challenge chasing the sun at times. If your looking for 5.13 and up and you don't care about being close to an interstate with huge semis blasting by go to the Virgin River Gorge.


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SoCal has at least three winter sport climbing areas: New Jack City, Echo Cliffs, and Red Rocks, NV.

-Jay


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 Ya ya, I am insulated just like any other desert creature, and temps in the 30s and 40s (which you can find in Jacks, just as easily as the happy mild stuff) are just inhumane!

Really, the Tucson area is fab during the winter. All kinds of good stuff! And if it is a really cold, wet winter, we might even get our one ice climb on Mt. Lemmon!


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Saint George limestone is some of the best on the continent, but don't go there if you're looking for an ego boost....the ratings are stout and the routes can be scarry. On the other hand, if you don't care about numbers, you'll have a great time!


kerouac


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Thanks for the suggestions. I'll look into them. Keep them coming.


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If you wanna go South, head to OZ! Looking like we're gonna have a great summer down here. And The Blue Mts, and Nowra in NSW have more sport climbing than you can poke a stick at!
Mind you, The Grampians has a couple of sport areas too. But not really known for Sport as much as the Bluesys and Nowra.

hehehehehehehe

Cheers,
Elk


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Spain, Sardinia...or St. George/Las Vegas.

If you are truly looking solely for quality sport routes, this area provides the best west of the Missisippi, and the winter is the only time you can get it.

The best limestone in America, hands down.

If you want more info, get in touch.


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