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By coldatom
From Cambridge, MA
Apr 8, 2013
Jurassic Park

Looks like Boulder is going to get a few inches of snow tonight. I am flying in to climb on Fri-Sat. Was hoping to go to Eldo and Boulder Canyon.
Am I screwed?
Any thoughts on quickdry locations?

thanks.


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By teece303
From Highlands Ranch, CO
Apr 8, 2013
Aiding.

We're supposed to get a foot, actually. But you'll be amazed at how fast things can dry out. South and west facing slops will probably be dry by the weekend, given the current forecast. East and north facing slopes may be dry, but may have snow at the base and be colder.

Table Mountain/Golden Cliffs faces all south and west, and has zero shade, so it drys out with an amazing quickness. Not exactly a destination climbing spot, though.

Depending on the location and the approach, something heavier than tennis shoes might be appreciated for the hike.

Basalt, granite, and gneiss will have the least issues with weak rock if there is lingering water. (That's Boulder Canyon, Table Mountain, Clear Creak Canyon, the South Platte.)


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By JCM
From Golden, CO
Apr 8, 2013

Also, Shelf Road is predicted to get a much smaller amount of snow (only 1-3 inches) than the Boulder/Denver areas. It is also generally warmer and drier down there. If the Boulder area is still cold/wet/snowy, and your plans are flexible, a trip down to Shelf could definately save the trip. If your only dry options are North table and making the drive to Shelf, just drive down to Shelf; the climbing is way better.

Or, you may get lucky and things will be dry up here. Sometimes it is amazing how fast things melt out.


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By Dave Cummings
From Grand Junction, CO
Apr 9, 2013
me on my redpoint

roof routes in eldo


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By teece303
From Highlands Ranch, CO
Apr 9, 2013
Aiding.

It doesn't seem like we got nearly as much snow as they predicted, so if the good weather comes back as they say, most south and west facing crags will be good.


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By fossana
From Boulder, CO
Apr 9, 2013
West Overhang

We got ~8" of wet snow in Eldo and it's still falling. I work the kiosk on Thursday and can give you a conditions update in the afternoon.


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By Arlo F Niederer
From Fort Collins, CO
Apr 10, 2013

We were supposed to get 6-10" in Fort Collins...only about 1/2 inch fell, but the temp dropped to 17 with wind chills in the single digits.

You might find this useful...snowfall across the region.

www.srh.noaa.gov/ridge2/snow/index.php?site=bou


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By Alphonse
From Winter Park
Apr 10, 2013

Turkey rocks


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By Leo Paik
Administrator
From Westminster, Colorado
Apr 10, 2013

You should be able to climb south-facing routes by Friday/Saturday. The highs are predicted to be 50s & 60s. You may have to be patient in the morning for the sun to warm things up, though.

Don't forget, Blob Rock, East Blob, Bitty Buttress, Security Risk, and Eagle Rock in Boulder Canyon are closed to climbing!

Finally, there may be descents in the shade in places that will retain snow.


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By fossana
From Boulder, CO
Apr 11, 2013
West Overhang

I took a quick peek at Eldo ~3:40 this afternoon; it was raining lightly. The S/W facing walls are seeping in spots with a few patches of lingering snow/ice.


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By teece303
From Highlands Ranch, CO
Apr 12, 2013
Aiding.

Got out today to Castlewood Canyon: the south and west facing cliffs were dry as a bone. The hike was even completely snow free and dry.

Haven't been up north yet -- tomorrow and Sunday,


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