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Nov 11, 2012
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Hey everyone,

I have a bunch of family in Connecticut and want to go back and visit soon. Just wondering when the best seasons are for climbing. Would winter be too cold, provided no storms have come through recently? Summer too hot? I'd imagine the shoulder season to be best from my time in CT, but those times also weren't through the eyes of me during my climbing life. Don't want to lug the shoes, rack and rope if no climbing will go on.

Thanks all

Weston
Weston L
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Weston L wrote:
Hey everyone, I have a bunch of family in Connecticut and want to go back and visit soon. Just wondering when the best seasons are for climbing. Would winter be too cold, provided no storms have come through recently? Summer too hot? I'd imagine the shoulder season to be best from my time in CT, but those times also weren't through the eyes of me during my climbing life. Don't want to lug the shoes, rack and rope if no climbing will go on. Thanks all Weston


The fall is the best time to climb anywhere in New England. Are you going to be in CT for Thanksgiving per chance?
Marc H
From Lafayette, CO
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Nov 11, 2012
the man was smart
there are a few south facing walls that are toasty warm on sunny winter days T Roper
From VA,NM,UT,CT,MA
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Nov 12, 2012
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Marc, unfortunately I won't be. I get to visit my Dad in Las Vegas - that means some Red Rock climbing will happen at least.

fair weather climber, thanks for the info. Do those walls have any good climbs in the .10 range?

Thanks for the replies!
Weston L
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Nov 12, 2012
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East Peak which is some of the best climbing on sunny witner days, also has some of the best climbs in the state. superkick
From West Hartford, CT
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Nov 12, 2012
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Cool! Thanks! Weston L
From Summerlin, NV
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superkick wrote:
East Peak which is some of the best climbing on sunny witner days, also has some of the best climbs in the state.


Bear in mind that the town locks the gate on Park Drive (the access road to the top) at 4:15 PM sharp. It is sometimes locked all day during the winter. You may be better off parking in Hubbard Park and hiking the footbridge over I-691.

Please be discreet about climbing there.

mountainproject.com/v/east-pea...
wivanoff
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Nov 13, 2012
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the MP page is also missing a large number of climbs.. definitely worth it to grab the connecticut rock climbing guide book. superkick
From West Hartford, CT
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Nov 13, 2012
A Very Not Snowy Christmas...
please don't copy route info out of Fasulo's book... how about taking a stab at adding them yourselves? If you know of a climb that's missing, add it. It only take a minute or two. . . if you have any q's about the process feel free to ask! Morgan Patterson
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Nov 13, 2012
Late fall/winter may be the best time to climb in CT. I second East Peak, some good climbing.
Bear in mind that while there are many good 5.9/ 10, protection may be only OK and sometimes poor. Bring a long bit of rope for TR's
john strand
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Nov 13, 2012
A Very Not Snowy Christmas...
u mean mostly poor, and sometimes ok? lol

edit: any S/SW facing traprock wall up in the sun and protected from the wind will be a great location on a mild winter day. Mid to late fall is the best temps humidity for routes. Winter is best for bouldering.
Morgan Patterson
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Nov 13, 2012
Exactly !!! Think you climb hard ?? Ct 5.10 will straighten you out.Try Ragged Edge, it was spooky with fixed pins... now ???? john strand
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Nov 13, 2012
A Very Not Snowy Christmas...
john strand wrote:
Exactly !!! Think you climb hard ?? Ct 5.10 will straighten you out.Try Ragged Edge, it was spooky with fixed pins... now ????


Now... it's just a TR like many other classics at that wall that had fixed gear.
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