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By Danger-Russ Gordon
From Tempe, AZ
Feb 4, 2013
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My wife and I were thinking of headed down to the dessert mid Feb. to do Castleton tower, North chimney most likely. Any locals wanna give their opinion on how uncomfortable this route would be in the middle of Feb. If you think its a bad idea I am open to suggestions, or dry canyons near by. your input is appreciated.

Danger-Russ


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By Alec
Feb 4, 2013
Stairway to Heaven, pitch three, Provo Canyon, UT

I climbed the North Face the first weekend of December and it wasn't bad. Highs were in the mid-50s I believe and we wore a long sleeve base layer with windbreaker. The Kor-Ingalls would be a bit more comfortable, though, as it's South facing and only slightly more difficult. On a windy February day Castleton will be rather miserable. So it really depends on the prevailing weather.


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By Dylan Weldin
From Austin, Texas
Feb 4, 2013
Summit of my first tower, the Rectory via Fine Jade

We did Ancient Art, Jah Man, and Kor Ingalls in a weekend last January and were fine. All these routes get good sun.

North Chimney in the shade might be a different experience though.


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By trad4eva
Feb 4, 2013

I think it would be really cold but you won't need feeling in your fingers to do the chimney pitches.


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By Leo Paik
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From Westminster, Colorado
Feb 4, 2013

We've done it in March without wind. It was cold in there. Hat, fleece, long pants, warm base layer shirt. It was cold enough to shiver and dislike waiting to climb. I'd consider hand warmers as a just in case. That being said, it's easier than Kor-Ingalls, but the slight difficulty difference and sunshine might make the KI worth switching to (if you haven't done it). The sun on top made us stop shivering.


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By S Denny
From Carbondale, CO
Feb 4, 2013

north facing chimney in winter. sounds pretty cold. jah man is very south facing and sunny...


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By Tony B
From Around Boulder, CO
Feb 4, 2013
Got Milk? How about forearm pump? Tony leads "Alan Nelson's Bulging Belly" (5.10, X) on the Lost and Found Flatiron. Belayer is Mark Ruocco. Photo by Bill Wright, 10/06.

Could be nice, could be snowing. Have had it both ways. Check the forecast before climbing! Even on a warm day if it has BEEN cold, the air coming out of that crack will freeze you.


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By Danger-Russ Gordon
From Tempe, AZ
Feb 5, 2013
Slope on a rope

Thanks for the input guys! I think my wife might want to opt out for a different adventure


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