/ Are you still climbing outside now?
My friends are all pretty soft core wrt the cold but I still want to get out!
Yeah! We're off to northumberland... and snow settled there last night :P
Bouldering starts when you get a big white fluffy pad on the ground
Outdoor climbing season finishes on December 31st and starts again on 1st January.
Will be out tomorrow. No end to the season down here in Cornwall.
When it's time for the next climbing season?
I don't. Climbing is possible year round. Just pick your venues appropriately
As they all said.
If this thread doesn't embarrass them into action, find some new friends. :)
The grit has only just been called, why would you be inside on a nice day?
I'm not very psyched for outdoor climbing at the moment so that, coupled with the fact that I'm nesh, means I stay indoors.
> Outdoor climbing season finishes on December 31st and starts again on 1st January.
And that is just to allow time for the customary drams etc to take place!!
In Kalymnos the crowds are going home, the temperature and humidity are dropping - the prime season is just beginning!
Font season starts this weekend.
Was rock climbing in the Karwendel at 2,000 metres on Sunday afternoon in a teeshirt (after getting out of the car in the valley in the shade in the morning and thinking "bloody hell! What am I doing here? Where's my hat? Why didn't I put my long johns on?")
i don't understand
> In Kalymnos the crowds are going home, the temperature and humidity are dropping - the prime season is just beginning!
We're not jealous..............:-(
Well actually I am.
I wimped off athos on haytor a few weeks ago because of the cold.
And I was a little bit scared and it seemed like a valid excuse at the time, especially knowing that my belayer is a massive wuss when it comes to the cold.
Anyhows climbing indoors tomorrow, looking forward to a winter of hard indoor routes after a summer of easy diffs that have left me weak and cowardly.
Yuk! Never really seen the point of this - isn't climbing supposed to be fun? Wet days are what mountain biking was made for.
OP - yep, still climbing and having good days out. Brimham was t-shirt weather on Sunday anyway! Just pick your crags and be flexible with your plans.
Cold = good friction.
Really cold = even better friction
Really really cold = etc
...this is an open ended scale.
> Cold = good friction.
> Really cold = even better friction
> Really really cold = etc
> ...this is an open ended scale.
When the conditions on grit are perfect, desperate stuff feels easy. But I find good conditions are pretty specific, not just as cold as possible.
I find that dryness has as much as an effect as coldness. Cold, but damp in the air and windy is utterly useless and I stay at home. Windiness that makes you so cold your nervous system stops functioning properly completely outweighs any advantages from good friction for me. Cold, crisp, dry, still days with plenty of sun are amazing. Average cold winter days are miserable.
Year round climbing is possible as long as you apply rule 5.
I have climbed outside right the way through the year before now. It depends on weather and determination.
Just had a cracking if short day on Gowbarrow overlooking Ullswater. Reckoned the Met forecast would be wrong yet again so instead of freezing cold winds we had sunny mild weather with cracking views over the lake on bone dry rock. Superb!
Would be if my partner's fingers didn't lock up in the wind.....winter partner needed........................
finishes on December 31st and starts again on 1st January.
Too right. Everywhere from Northern Highland Outcrops to Portland, it is possible to climb outside all year round, given the right day.
Can't understand why anyone, ever, would choose to climb indoors. But each to their own...
Despite all the pan-seasonal posturing on here (;-) ) of course there's a climbing 'season'. Yes you can climb throughout the winter given the right weather/cliff/aspect etc. - and cold n dry is good for grit although increasing cold does not mean unlimited increased friction - but days are shorter, the weather if often worse and it's colder, so less opportunities all round - although with this summer.......
T shirt weather on the cliffs in south pembrokeshire today, but you needed a jacket and a warm hat ready for you on the cliff top for putting on when belaying in the keen northerly wind.
Above 5 degrees, sunshine and no wind is fine and we can get that at any time of year in Pembrokeshire.
Cracking day at Swanage today, almost t-shirt and shorts weather out of the wind on the cliffs.
The climbing season doesn't end. If there's likely to be dry rock it's worth a punt. If it's cold I just wear more clothes and bring coffee.
Invest in decent base layer leggings and top (I like merino, everyone has their own preferences), a hat, a thermos flask and a down/primaloft jacket. Cold is now not a problem. As others have said, pick your venues (with respect to aspect, wind and seepage) and activity (bouldering or short trad as opposed to multi-pitch, perhaps, on especially cold windy days) appropriately, and Bob's your uncle.
...and summer has midges in most places and sweaty rock; all seasons can have plus and minus points ...so its no posturing its just the reality for many of us.
Amazingly, having left london in the snow, we were climbing topless all day in a little suntrap in Gower on saturday. Didn't need the thermals until we rocked up at the campsite in the evening.
> I'm not very psyched for outdoor climbing at the moment so that, coupled with the fact that I'm nesh, means I stay indoors.
could i tempt you outside with some very good hot chocolate (made with decent chocolate and double cream) and some cake
Just like you can play cricket in the rain - it's not neccessrily that great though!
Get a down jacket and a flask and you'll be fine year round!
stop when dark.
start again tomorrow.
buy headtorch to maximise climbing time.
it's lovely down here
Where you live has a lot to do with it. When I lived in Preston we used to go cragging throughout the winter, just exercising a bit of common-sense about which venues we went to and accepting that it would be a bit chilly. Sometimes this did make bouldering the best bet. They key was that lots of south-facing rock does stay clean throughout the year in the Peak.
Now that I live in Lochaber I find that the last rock-climbs of the year are normally in October, and the first of next year in March, or possibly even April. The issue is not so much the temperature, but the wet climate and the rareness of crags drying out properly. Oh yes, and having a snow-and-ice climbing season to keep us occupied!
However, if I lived in Gairloch...
It is a nice time of year. People start to shy away due to the weather. This in turn means the crags and parks are less populated, making a nicer experience for those willing to go out and get stuck in. I enjoy the solitude, and abhor the crowds.
Got a text from my partner yesterday: "up for some routes indoors this week?"
I have climbed indoors only twice since Feb
The climbing season ends when you get a new girlfriend.
Starting to get this thread confused with the 'How raw do you like your steak' type ones ...ie 'You eat dead meat?' etc etc zzzz
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