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Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Beat the heat, Featured, Features, Tips | 0 comments

Find the shade

Find the shade

Willow Springs comes into the shade at 3! Tracy Martin, Facebook Finding shady climbs is a great way to keep climbing through the summer. “Avoid the heat of the day,” one climbing expert puts it. “If you’re on a climbing road trip and doing a lot of cragging, head for the cliffs in the cooler parts of the day – morning and evening. If you’re climbing in the afternoon, look for cliffs that go into shade.” As Tracy pointed out, Willow Springs in Red Rock Canyon has shade later in the day. The area’s climbs range from 5.6 to 5.11. It has bouldering and trad/sport climbing. As for areas where the Moutain Project climbing season chart shows aren’t good in the summer – like Joshua Tree or Moab or even Red Rocks – do you go anyway? How do you deal with the heat? Do you seek higher places or opt for a spot next to a great swimming hole? For anyone not dirt-bagging or on vacation, finding afternoon shade can...

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Posted by on Jun 27, 2015 in Beat the heat, Featured, Features, Tips | 0 comments

July: Beat the heat

July: Beat the heat

Hi everyone. It’s later in the week than I planned, but I have a good reason. I spent this week moving from Kentucky to Washington state. It was busy but here I am, breathing thinner air and unpacking. Thanks to this move, this is the third summer I’ve driven across the Midwest to this country’s mountainous areas. Usually I have to go home. Not any more! In honor of July, road trips, long weekends, destinations, and all the accompanying heat, we’ve decided to tell stories of summer throughout the month. We want to hear your tips and tricks for staying cool outside, like how you stay hydrated and fueled. We want to hear about your summer plans, too. Are you road-tripping to climb? Escaping early on a Friday? You can contribute to RCW in whatever way suits you. We have some ideas on our contributor’s page. If you want to give some advice but don’t want to write a full post, look for chances to comment on Facebook and...

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