Looking to get out of SLC during winter break, and am interested in the sunny stuff. I've done some of the bicycle climbs (i.e.-CITH and SS), but would like to look into some off the beaten path stuff that the locals enjoy during the shorter days of winter. Any suggestions?
South Face of Windy Peak is about the warmest spot in the winter for some adventure routes despite the elevation gain.... I am becoming partial to Western Swing but if you need to tone it down a notch, Hot Fudge Thursday goes at 5.9 and has a great 2nd pitch. Eagle Wall is a great spot, full sun, all day....Eagle Dance is a classic, Rainbow Buttress tones it way down for you and it is easy to rap the wall out left from the top. Tons more for you to do on Solar Slab as well. Keep in mind, that the weather still affords enough warmth from time to time during the winter to very comfortably climb in places like Black Velvet Canyon in the dead of winter. First time I climbed Epinephrine was in Feb! Good luck and enjoy your trip.
You bet Greg... forgot to mention a great link up of 3- 5.9 routes on Solar Slab: Beulah's Book to Arch Enemy to Sunflower and then rap Solar Slab. Stellar moderate climbing all day and that arch tunnel pitch is one of the more interesting pitches I have climbed at Red Rocks at that grade. Cheers
Brownstone Wall gets sun until early afternoon and the routes are short (4-6 pitches). I wouldn't try anything that involves the Gunsight Notch descent though. I did that last winter and it was full of snow and quite treacherous. Armatron is fun, very easy for 5.9 (more like 5.7 IMHO) and can be rappelled (the walk off is easy if not too snowy).
Does anyone know when the sun hits and leaves celebration wall, eagle wall and black arches wall (all the way to black orpheus) this time of year?
Celebration wall will get sun from sunrise to probably mid-afternoon. Eagle wall gets sun all day for the wall proper. The right side will go into the shade in early/mid afternoon. Black arch sunrise to probably mid afternoon, maybe a touch earlier. Orpheus will get sun starting at 10 or 11 until sunset.