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By Christian C
From Arcata, CA
Jul 7, 2013

I'm headed to salt lake over the winter for my break from school. i have family in Sandy that I'll be staying with. I have a trad rack, rope and crash pad. I'd like to get on some rock, but I know that salt lake gets a good amount of snow and becomes a mountaineering and ice climbing haven in the winter. I see this as a good opportunity to get into mountaineering and ice climbing.
I have limited experience hiking and camping in the snow, but no winter climbing experience or mountaineering experience. However, on rock i can climb around the 5.12 mark depending on the day and the crag.
with that said:
-best rock crags during the winter in or around salt lake?
-best beginner peaks/mountains/ice climbing areas?
-what sort of clothing and gear do i need for some entry level- moderate mountaineering? and where can i acquire this on a semi tight budget
-anybody interested in taking me into the mountains?


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By Woodchuck ATC
Jul 7, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

Winter? Definitely get out and ice climb, and don't pass up skiing in superb conditions. Guess the desert towers farther south might have some warmer dry rock to do.


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By Greg G
From SLC, UT
Jul 8, 2013
The route in it's entirety.

The crags lower down in little cottonwood are normally in season in the early and late winter. The random warm winter day can also make for a good day to crag there.


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By Garret Nuzzo-Jones
From Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 9, 2013
Cleaning up in Jenny Lake.

The S-Curves up BCC tend to melt off fast and can provide lots of good climbing even in the dead of winter.


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By Halley13
From Longmont, CO
Jul 10, 2013
Crown Prince Abdullah .12d

Joe's Valley Bouldering!


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By Mr. Hummus
From SLC, Utah
Jul 10, 2013
5.12 b

If you are driving from San Diego be sure to stop at red rocks (vegas) and st. George, Utah. Perfect climbing conditions in the winter on the south facing walls.
Most people go to the desert to climb rock in the winter here. But if you're lucky with the right conditions you can get on south facing walls in big cottonwood or little cottonwood.
Ice is a good option, but hard to find partners. For mountaineering/ice climbing check out Wasatch mountain club. They might be more helpful in helping out a newbie.


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