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By Leslie McG
May 14, 2013

Is it too hot for indian creek/moab in early August? Planning a climbing/biking trip and wondering if it'll be miserable that time of year.


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By Price
From SLC, UT
May 15, 2013

Is the hottest part of the year too hot?

Probably.


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By aed
From Jackson, WY
May 15, 2013
aed

Was 115 when I went through there last August, woke up at 3am and started driving north.


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By Bob Dobalina
May 16, 2013

It will be miserable. That place is usually cleared out by June!
On the bright side, you will have your choice of camping spot and all the classic climbs will be wide open...


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By Chris Schmidt
From Moab/SW CO
May 20, 2013

The only place climbing will be tolerable in Moab is in Mill Creek / the La Sals it is at least 105 every day in August and the shade is not much cooler


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By cdec
From SLC and Moab, ut
May 20, 2013

Yup it's hot but you can chase shade and climb all you want. Climbed almost everyday of the summer for 5 or 6 seasons straight in Moab. Expect 95 to 105. Lows around 60. First thing in the morning is pleasant. Wall Street goes in the shade and by 6ish is usually fine. First thing and late is the way to go. Pool, river or siesta during the middle of the day. Climbed all the short, easy towers when it was really baker. Never ever remember 115
There is a vibrant community of locals that get after it all year.


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By Matt Pierce
From Morrison, CO
May 21, 2013
View from the first belay ledge on The Staircase (5.5)

Was there last weekend and it's already too hot...


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By safetyfourth
May 22, 2013

Matt Pierce wrote:
Was there last weekend and it's already too hot...


I was there last weekend too, and it wasn't too hot ... in the balmy 70's. Apparently that's too hot for rados.


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By Bob Dobalina
May 24, 2013

What's the best thing to do in Moab during the summer? Leave!
Colorado is nearby...


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By JMo
From Flagstaff, AZ
May 24, 2013
mayflower

I've had great half days in the creek in both july and august. Trouble is once sun hits you are done. But there are shady walls to be found. It's just a bit rugged overall, I would imagine it is like climbing the nose in blazing hot summer. There are advantages, but you better be pretty keen on it, or you'll hate it.


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By Chris Schmidt
From Moab/SW CO
May 24, 2013

When it's about 95 that is when it is too hot to finish a 100 foot route without your feet going to hell and back

In August it is 110+ almost every day


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By cdec
From SLC and Moab, ut
May 25, 2013

Chris Schmidt wrote:
In August it is 110+ almost every day


NO IT IS NOT.

Actually it has hit 110 ONCE, EVER!
This was on 8/9/1990 and it has never been hotter.

Ah the the internet. It can both enlighten and provide a place for some to spout off without really knowing what they are talking about.

Here is a link to the average and record high and low temps for August.
www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/daily/USUT0165?climoMo>>>

Best thing about Utah is summer is that the license plates change from green to orange and we get our climbing back.


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By cdec
From SLC and Moab, ut
May 25, 2013

I want to hear from climbers who are getting after it when it is hot.
What goes on south of Moab? AZ, NM, NV and southern California do people hang it up for July and August or just tough it out like we do?


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By doligo
May 25, 2013
Jose Cuervo Fruitcups dirtbag style

Carl, I have climbed in the Gunks when it was pushing 100 degrees and 100% humidity. I agree it's doable, especially in the desert when the air is dry. The only difference though was that I was living right in town, so a) it was convenient for me just to go for a couple of hours, b) at the end of the day, I could be back in a nice cool house with a shower and fan/AC. It's another thing when you have to camp/cook/eat/sleep/hang out in the blazing heat. Just walking up to the crag when it's hot, gets pretty miserable after a while (lots of shady crags at the Creek have longer approaches). The nice thing about Moab, you guys have Mill Creek and Colorado to cool off. I'd say if I was passing through the area, I'd stop for a few pitches, but I would not make a special trip to the desert in the summer when there is so much good higher elevation climbing nearby.


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By Bob Dobalina
May 25, 2013

doligo wrote:
Carl, I have climbed in the Gunks when it was pushing 100 degrees and 100% humidity. I agree it's doable, especially in the desert when the air is dry. The only difference though was that I was living right in town, so a) it was convenient for me just to go for a couple of hours, b) at the end of the day, I could be back in a nice cool house with a shower and fan/AC. It's another thing when you have to camp/cook/eat/sleep/hang out in the blazing heat. Just walking up to the crag when it's hot, gets pretty miserable after a while (lots of shady crags at the Creek have longer approaches). The nice thing about Moab, you guys have Mill Creek and Colorado to cool off. I'd say if I was passing through the area, I'd stop for a few pitches, but I would not make a special trip to the desert in the summer when there is so much good higher elevation climbing nearby.


Well put! I was indeed referring to how miserable it would be to camp/cook/eat/sleep/hang out in I.C. in August. If I had a place there I would certainly get out for some evening pitches, I'm sure.


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By Stu Knight
Jun 2, 2013

Leslie McG wrote:
Is it too hot for indian creek/moab in early August? Planning a climbing/biking trip and wondering if it'll be miserable that time of year.


Hey man I'll be in the same boat as you. I'll be coming in at the beginning of Aug. My plan was to do a lot of morning and night bouldering at Big Bend. I've also heard you can chase the shade on the roped routes


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By Greg Halliday
From Spanish Fork, UT
Jun 5, 2013

It's been hotter than 110. The first time I rode Slickrock in 1989 it was 112. That was official and on the news. I only watched to news that night to see how stupid I really was.

And it's too hot to climb in August; I may also just be a puss.


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By cdec
From SLC and Moab, ut
Jun 6, 2013

^^^^
Yeah I am sure your recollection of a news report from 24 years ago is more accurate than the official NWS records posted on the Weather Underground site.

I'll leave your last thought alone.


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By Bob Dobalina
Jun 6, 2013

If you are on a rock climbing trip to the canyon lands in August, you are guilty of poor planning.
There's a reason it's called "off season."


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By Stu Knight
Jun 6, 2013

Bob Dobalina wrote:
If you are on a rock climbing trip to the canyon lands in August, you are guilty of poor planning. There's a reason it's called "off season."


Or guilty of not being able to go any other time bc you know whoever heard of a summer break?


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By Greg Halliday
From Spanish Fork, UT
Jun 6, 2013

Guess my memory is faulty. And wikipedia's. And weather.com's.


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By Piton Ron
Jun 11, 2013

Dontcha love people that want nature to accommodate their priorities?

I learned my lesson in the '70s.
Remember that cliffs are a micro-climate. On the 2nd ascent of Dream Of Dead Horses in September, '79 it hit 122 degrees in the shade, but the only shade on this SSE facing buttress came after 5:30 by which time Pat Miller and I were COOKED.

We had gone through all 2.5 gallons of water and the pins on the racks had gotten so hot that we took our tank tops off at the bivy and our skin peeled off our sides in sheets.

Had we not "conditioned" ourselves by working the summer on a concrete crew we'd have been toast.

But, by all means, WTF do I know. Go ahead and make the desert work for you,..


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