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bspisak


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Well, the snow has flew and I'm tuning the snowboard, but....

Where do all ya wall climbers go in the winter? Any winter wall suggestions? I'm mainly interested in fair weather venues, but wouldn't mind giving some true foul weather stuff a shot. Not quite ready for Baffin or Patagonia just yet, though!

I know some stuff on el Cap stays out of major water courses, but then you still gotta top out on the (snowy) rim. Zion gets a goodly ammount of snow in the winter, right? Ok, so maybe some of those sandstone horror shows in Red Rocks. Other suggestions....?

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Sauratown in King, NC gets a good amount of sun in the winter and we have real mild winters if that's what your looking for.


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The Fisher Towers! The place is so amazing, that once you do one, you will want to do them all.
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West Face of Leaning Tower is a great winter wall, stays pretty much totaly dry except for the 10 ft of slab friction climbing to guano ledge...which is the worst place it could possible be wet. We did it just after a storm in March and had a beautiful climb with fresh snow and ice all around.


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Having just climbed the Tower in a snowstorm, I would LOVE to see some of your photos, mate! Can you please post some?


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I've climbed in Zion in Jan, Feb, and March and the weather was great! Hell I've climbed in a short sleeve T-shirt in ZNP in JANUARY!
It's like anywhere else, it does get snow. But it can be awesome at anytime as well. It all depends on the weather patterns.
The big wall scene in Red Rocks is a tough one. While the climbing is good, the access is not. The policies in place SUCK BALLS!! You can get bivy permits but they are very limited. I'm not going to explain it all but it makes climbing a big wall there alittle more of a pain.

Maybe you should check out BAbquvari?(sp?)

josh


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What about that El Grandé Trono Blanco, down in Mexico?

I always liked the idea of native porters, and fresh tortillas and rice, all for pennies a day in sight of a pristine white big wall in the desert.
And if the summit of The Great White Throne is not worthy of a victory celebration I don't know of one that is...

Jeff http://pages.prodigy.net/.../emoticons/wave1.gif


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GOOD CALL JEFF!!!

What an adventure that would be!
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Having just climbed the Tower in a snowstorm, I would LOVE to see some of your photos, mate! Can you please post some?

Yeah Pete, but my bro has 'em. I'll let you know once I get them. There was ice all around that ampitheater and it was crashing down off the walls the whole time. Made for an awsome Alpine feeling wall.

Met Mr. Ousley and crew up there, that was fun.


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When you read our upcoming trip report, you'll see that we actually rapped the route! And after we rapped the route, we lowered the pigs to the ground from a hundred feet right of the base of the first pitch, thus avoiding that horrid traverse.

Good thing we rapped - we heard falling rocks in the chimney!

[Before you try rapping the route, however, you might want to read our report, since there were a few ropes fixed in place...]


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The problem with leaning tower in winter is that it gets almost no sun. If the weather turns bad, yeah the overhang can be your friend, but I prefer not to go up when I expect bad weather and it's winter.

You can take your shirt off in the sun climbing in the winter in Yosemite but in the shade forget it! I would prefer to do the Prow which gets morning sun. You can rap from most any point.

A lot of the walls on the North side of the valley should be fine if you catch a stretch of stable weather (which isn't rare at all , you just can't plan far in advance)

Peace

Karl


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