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Feb 20, 2013
I'm hoping to make my first trip out to Red Rocks in March, and I'd like to spend most of that time on the Black Velvet Wall. How is the weather typically there in March? Would it be better to wait, or to spend a March trip in a warmer area? Kevin D.
From Palo Alto, CA
Joined Jun 1, 2012
102 points
Feb 20, 2013
Intruder, 5.11+. Zion National Park. Photo: Matt K...
Play it by ear, homie. Weather could be splitter and BV would be rad. Could be shit and a different location in RR might be OK. Don't put all your eggs in one basket- there's a ton of great climbing in RR. But usually in March the temps are good for the BV wall. Andy Hansen
From Longmont, Colorado
Joined Sep 26, 2009
2,578 points
Feb 20, 2013
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March weather in RR is highly variable, and having a plan A and B ( or maybe C) will ensure a satisfying trip (maybe.) Be sure to check with noaa.gov to solidify your plans, because the weather in southern Nevada does not stabilize until about the end of May. cassondra
Joined Nov 26, 2008
406 points
Feb 20, 2013
The traverse out to the Yellow Ridge on the Dogsti...
I've been there in mid-March several times. We typically had temps in the low fifties and often had quite a bit of wind. I think the rock is in the shade for a good part of the day, and if the wind is up, you can get really cold, even hypothermic.

It can be 10 degrees colder up on the walls than it is in LV.

After the first time in there, I wore long underwear while climbing for every other visit and never regretted it, but people were always telling me how warm and cozy it was just before we arrived.

Pitch after the crux on Dream of Wild Turkeys. Windy, no sun. I'm not overheating...

Snow in March...

Long-sleeve layers on Jubilant Song even in the sun...

Top of Heliotrope. Even the Solar Slab can cool off once the sun is gone...
From Poughkeepsie, NY
Joined Feb 15, 2008
288 points
Feb 20, 2013
Lucander off the GT Ledge on p. 2 of Keep on Strut...
I've shivered me timbers there in January and March - and it was worth every minute!

Pack fr versatility. If it's too cold for big adventures once you're back there look towards Triassic Sands. If it's really cold climb Wholesome Fullback. There's fun in all shapes and sizes back there.
From Stone Ridge, NY
Joined Apr 1, 2009
316 points
Feb 20, 2013
Which way again?
It really pays to have backup plans as previously mentioned. One thought is that the east side of Whiskey gets some sun early, as does the Monument. Once the sun is higher the main Vwall heats up a little, it is definitely one of those spots where a week or two of wind cuts down on all the bitching about profuse bolts as you get barndoored off by some honking gust. It's a great spot, more splitters than most people bother to try, and of course the face stuff gets rave reviews from people with the balls to get on the oldschool terror lines like The Flesh (rare) and more often, casual fare like Sour Mash.

It's a great spot to climb, full longjohnnies top and bottom as well as leather gloves, neck gaiter, and your choice of Scottish nip may pay off if it's not stone still and sunny out there that particular week. Good luck regardless. Clip bolts not toenails. savethetoenails.org
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