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NJSlacker


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hey all

next week will be my first trip out to the Red. Pretty stoked, except for the weather forecast: rain from sunday to wednesday (at least).

veterans of the red: will it be worth the week in the rain? Are there a good amount of moderate climbs that will stay dry?


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Really depends. In general, yes, Red is climable in the rain.

But this time of the year, when things are still generally damp from snow melt, I would be more worried about finding dry stuff in the rain.

It also depends on how hard you climb. If you are looking at 5.12s, you would have a pretty good selection. 5.10-- not so much.


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It might be worth the trip just for the pizza.


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Dirtdart wrote:
It might be worth the trip just for the pizza.

Miguel's open in the winter now?


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rtwilli4 wrote:
Dirtdart wrote:
It might be worth the trip just for the pizza.

Miguel's open in the winter now?
First weekend in March.


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rtwilli4 wrote:
Dirtdart wrote:
It might be worth the trip just for the pizza.

Miguel's open in the winter now?


I think it was already open this past weekend.


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Oh wow it's March already?

I guess I wouldn't know since I live closer to the north pole than the equator. England sucks.


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NJSlacker wrote:
hey all

next week will be my first trip out to the Red. Pretty stoked, except for the weather forecast: rain from sunday to wednesday (at least).

veterans of the red: will it be worth the week in the rain? Are there a good amount of moderate climbs that will stay dry?

You should be able to make it work. Use the online guidebook and use its filter to see only climbs that stay dry in downpours. I've never been out there quite this early in the season, but in late March I've never run out of things to get on even when it rained all week.


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Miguels is terrible. slap some cheese on an old shoebox and save yourself the money.


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Rock Wars 5.10a stays dry.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7i1jFU8wjko


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rtwilli4 wrote:
Oh wow it's March already?

I guess I wouldn't know since I live closer to the north pole than the equator. England sucks.

Are you KIDDING me? It's light past 5 PM now! This is the radness!


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MS1 wrote:
NJSlacker wrote:
hey all

next week will be my first trip out to the Red. Pretty stoked, except for the weather forecast: rain from sunday to wednesday (at least).

veterans of the red: will it be worth the week in the rain? Are there a good amount of moderate climbs that will stay dry?

You should be able to make it work. Use the online guidebook and use its filter to see only climbs that stay dry in downpours. I've never been out there quite this early in the season, but in late March I've never run out of things to get on even when it rained all week.

Thanks for the tip. Yea, I think I'll be able to keep myself busy:http://www.redriverclimbing.com/...type=advanced_search


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Miguels is terrible. slap some cheese on an old shoebox and save yourself the money.

That is crazy talk. Just crazy. Or maybe you just aren't hungry enough. Get after it a little more during the day and that pizza tastes like heaven on earth. Hell, there have been more than a few days after climbing at the red that I might actually have been served a shoebox with cheese and didn't even notice.


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pdpcardsfan wrote:
Miguels is terrible. slap some cheese on an old shoebox and save yourself the money.

???

If you had dissed the camping or the scene I'd be right there with you. But Miguel's food is fucking awesome. Good breakfast (waffles and burritos), great pizza, rice bowls, etc.


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I drive to the Red for Miguels! The fact that there is climbing nearby is just a little bonus.


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Lbrombach wrote:
I drive to the Red for Miguels! The fact that there is climbing nearby is just a little bonus.

I always hear conflicting reports about the pizza, and wonder if the raves are the result of climbers being ravenous scavengers after a day on the rock, or if it holds up on it's own. For example, how would it hold up against NY city pizza and the like?

Same goes for Ale 8 One. I have never sampled either.


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edge wrote:
Lbrombach wrote:
I drive to the Red for Miguels! The fact that there is climbing nearby is just a little bonus.

I always hear conflicting reports about the pizza, and wonder if the raves are the result of climbers being ravenous scavengers after a day on the rock, or if it holds up on it's own. For example, how would it hold up against NY city pizza and the like?

Same goes for Ale 8 One. I have never sampled either.

Miguels pizza is thin crust with not much sauce but good with lots of toppings on it. I like it cuz i don't like a lot of sauce and they put lots of toppings i like on it.

Ale 8 is kind of a you're at the Red so drink some Ale 8.. it's mostly just lemon/lime kinda thing. but tasty.

i also had no issues with the "scene" even though it was packed to the gills last year for the Climb Fest or whatever it is called.


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jakedatc wrote:
edge wrote:
Lbrombach wrote:
I drive to the Red for Miguels! The fact that there is climbing nearby is just a little bonus.

I always hear conflicting reports about the pizza, and wonder if the raves are the result of climbers being ravenous scavengers after a day on the rock, or if it holds up on it's own. For example, how would it hold up against NY city pizza and the like?

Same goes for Ale 8 One. I have never sampled either.

Miguels pizza is thin crust with not much sauce but good with lots of toppings on it. I like it cuz i don't like a lot of sauce and they put lots of toppings i like on it.

Ale 8 is kind of a you're at the Red so drink some Ale 8.. it's mostly just lemon/lime kinda thing. but tasty.

i also had no issues with the "scene" even though it was packed to the gills last year for the Climb Fest or whatever it is called.
Yeah, I thought the Pizzas were good (although I only ever had some when someone dropped one on the floor and I was the first one there, and when some non-climber dude overheard me talking about selling some HB's to afford gear if I didn't catch a ride to a bank soon and gave me half a pizza saying "I don't want you to have to sell your brass clippy things"). The artichoke toppings were super tasty.

I LURVED Ale81. That stuff hit the spot after climbing.


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edge wrote:
Lbrombach wrote:
I drive to the Red for Miguels! The fact that there is climbing nearby is just a little bonus.

I always hear conflicting reports about the pizza, and wonder if the raves are the result of climbers being ravenous scavengers after a day on the rock, or if it holds up on it's own. For example, how would it hold up against NY city pizza and the like?

Same goes for Ale 8 One. I have never sampled either.

It's a different thing, but it's good even by city standards if you know how to order well. (Note: your choice of toppings is the difference between success and failure.) For rural Kentucky, it's unbelievably good (although both Rose's and Stillwater are also worth a visit while one is in Slade).


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Heya! I'm also making my first trek out to the RRG. Next weekend though, so all of these tips are awesome.

Question: I've got all my own rope, quickdraws, anchor setup etcetc (no rack yet sadly!) but I was wondering two things:

1. How are the sport climbs?
2. If'n im needing a partner is it easy enough to meet people at Miguels?

Cheers!
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x-elente wrote:
Heya! I'm also making my first trek out to the RRG. Next weekend though, so all of these tips are awesome.

Question: I've got all my own rope, quickdraws, anchor setup etcetc (no rack yet sadly!) but I was wondering two things:

1. How are the sport climbs?
2. If'n im needing a partner is it easy enough to meet people at Miguels?

Cheers!
X
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2. Yes, as long as you are not a knob.


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Miguel's tawk? I LOVE this topic?

Pizza is good. I like Pies'nPints at the New better, but Miguel's pizza is awesome as far as fresh ingredients and price goes.

Ale8 One is just soda full of empty calories. I have no idea why climbers are so psyched on it. Yeah, it's local, and everyone else is drinking it, but soda? Really?

The camping scene at Miguels just sucks, and gets worse every year. Crowded, noisy at night, and the most disorganized parking lot I've ever seen. The kitchen facilities are disgusting, since staff gets so overwhelmed on busy weekends, and campers are fucking slobs. The last two years, the major weekend demographic at Miguel's has moved away from even core climbers, and now the bulk of people there are college-outdoor-club types who put on their harnesses in the parking lot before driving off to make wrong turns on the way to Muir Valley.

Most of the bullshit at Miguel's could be fixed if he just upped the camping to $5/night, but he seems to rather focus more on the restaurant, which brings in more money anyway.

End of rant.


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Is there a better place to stay?


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shockabuku wrote:
Is there a better place to stay?

It depends on what you are looking for. But yes, there are at least two other "climbers campgrounds" in the area (Lago Linda and Land of the Arches, both nearer Muir Valley/Southern Region), as well as several state park campgrounds, and even dispersed primitive camping in the Northern FS regions.


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Hey all. Just got back, and thanks for all the advice.

Despite it raining and snowing most of the week, I had a great time. Spent a lot of time at the Roadside crag and military wall as they kept pretty dry. Had an amazing time

as the topic has changed slightly...

I'm now a huge fan of Miguel's. It's hard to beat $2 camping, $1.50 showers (8 minutes long, more than enough time), covered cooking area, cheap wi-fi, good pizza, and the amazing community that climbers bring.

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