/ Who is coming to Joshua Tree this winter???
I heard that Mick Ryan was coming over.... three years ago.... WTF Mick? Get on over here.
I'm due another work trip to Carlsbad before the end of the year and usually try to get a weekend at JT if I can.
Similar temps, very different climbs and climbing style.
Looking to be in the Valley 2015!
Was there for a few days earlier this month, man it was hot! Spent the heat of the day kicking heels in JT town and Yucca. Would love to go in cooler temps, did some dool bouldering at jumble rocks though, got no fingertips left now, that rocks is rough! Got some ice from walmat, yucca and the wife and I sat atop jumle rocks drinking brandy and dry with ice watching the sunset. Magical and on par with watching an alpine dawn
I think some of the roads were lost to mudslide earlier this week. You better check it's still there before you book your holiday!
This is kind of a neat site for weather that is climbing area specific:
Here is what they say:
Here is some SuperTopo info about all things Red Rock:
But, both are similar except that back in the canyons in RR are butt-ass cold. The RR sport stuff in the sun will be warm. In JT, there are certainly cold spots, but on the whole I would think you will find warmer stuff in JT, unless you are doing nothing but sunny sport routes in RR.
Crossdresser: As for roads... what are you on about? Have some roads gone missing somewhere?
I saw on the news a couple of days ago that a massive rain storm hit Joshua Tree; some bridges looked like they might go and some stretches of road were buried under mud.
Looking at their website, it seems that there's just a lot of debris, and part of the park will be closed for the next two weeks:
Got ya. That is like 20 miles from all the climbing, on the far side of the Park where no sane person goes. That road, I swear to Satan, washes out a couple of times a year. And they just re-did the road too. Me thinks they should try some different repair method. It is such a common event that it did not even make the local paper!
The rain around here can be amazing, and most of it comes right around now, known as the "Monsoon Season". The winters are terribly dry and rain is rare after say October or so. Aug and and Feb are our wettest months, if .81 and .61 inches are considered wet.
Fair enough, I just happened to catch it on some local news channel. Actually, I later found out my mum got stranded in a visitor centre during the downpour; it sounded quite exciting to witness.
The climbing looks pretty good, but if you were travelling to CA from the UK is it worth the drive, or would you just spend all your time in Yosemite?
The granite up there dries super fast. I've climbed on dry rock 30 minutes after a downpour. Even been up there when they had a foot of snow when a half mile walk into Indian Cove was the only option as the main road into the park was closed (scary top outs as the snow formed an icy rim on the rounded formations) XMas at JT is as close to guarenteed climbing as you can get.
In reply to Russ Walling.
We tend to stay in the sun at RR and JT at that time of year but temperatures have been too hot at times to do that in mid december and we have been forced into the shade. Still, over the years its mostly shady routes left on out tick lists.
In the Winter I'd do Joshua Tree. Yosemite is pretty cold and holds some snow in the winter. Joshua Tree has over 7000 routes to do, so there is always something to perk you up. It is not like it is Heptonstall Quarry or something, and it is truly a world class destination.
Incredible that you know of Heptonstall quarry!!
I've bled buckets there:
You've heard of Yosemite, right? I bet you've even climbed there.
And so it is with Heptonstall in the USA.....plus Sylvia Plath is buried there.
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