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By SteveBSU
From Muncie, IN
Feb 3, 2013
Hello all. I am looking for a spring break destination for the first week of March. Traveling from Indiana. Would it be dumb to drive all the way to Lander this time of year? Any ideas of destinations would be great. My goal is to be west and on rock.

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By JCM
From Seattle, WA
Feb 3, 2013
For the thousandth time on this forum: if you want any useful advice about a destination, you are going to have to provide some information about what you are looking for, especially with regard to grade and style of climb. Based on your profile, I'll assume that you are looking for bolted routes in the 5.10 and under range.

While Lander might be climbable, there are better options with more reliable weather at that time of year. Sinks can be great, in the sun, at that time of year...or it can be freezing and dumping snow. A bit of wind could ruin your fun. Either way, camping will be very cold. I would generally choose to avoid Wyoming in early March.

Classic spring break destinations might include J-Tree, Bishop, S. Utah, Red Rocks, etc. These will probably all get suggested down-thread. All of these, however, are rather far from Indiana; probably a bit far too drive for spring break.

Your best bet, then, is Shelf Road, CO. It is one of the closest western crags to the mid west; mostly a straight shot on I-70. It offers climbing that, in some ways, is quite similar to Lander; vertical-ish limestone sport climbing on edges and pockets. 5.9-5.10 is very well represented there; better than at many sport areas (better than Lander). The cliffs get a lot of sun, and the climate is generally warmer and drier than much of the Rockies. The scenery is expansive, and you'll get that "western" feel you are looking for. The camping is excellent. There is a recent, high quality guidebook; buy it. Although it still can storm, it is generally, a good spring break destination, and probably the most reliable weather that you will find, short of driving to California.

Also, from Indiana, a drive south and east to the Red, Chattanooga, or North Carolina would offer various choices for good climbing at a shorter drive. Even Arkansas could be a good destination. All of these ares, of course, are subject to issues of rain.

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By SteveBSU
From Muncie, IN
Feb 3, 2013
Im into pushing 11d sport rang and starting to push into 5.10 trad. I haven't updated my profile in a while. Im also in the v3/4 range for bouldering. Im looking more for gear then bolts. but down for any rock. Id like to go father then the red, on account of that being my weekend trip destinaitons

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By JCM
From Seattle, WA
Feb 3, 2013
SteveBSU wrote:
Im into pushing 11d sport rang and starting to push into 5.10 trad. I haven't updated my profile in a while. Im also in the v3/4 range for bouldering. Im looking more for gear then bolts. but down for any rock. Id like to go father then the red, on account of that being my weekend trip destinaitons


In that case, beg, borrow, and steal every cam in Indiana, and go to Indian Creek to learn to climb cracks.

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By Ross Hokett
From Fort collins,Colorado
Feb 5, 2013
Super crack
I would go for red rocks and just fly into Vegas probablly cheaper than driving to colorado or those other places atleast if you drive a gas guzzler.

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By Matty H
Feb 7, 2013
Top of pear buttress
havent been to Indian Creek yet but i would say that Lumpy Ridge in Estes is Stellar. And when you have a bad day and want to clip bolts they are just up the road. but stellar stuff in Estes. Just my 2 cents.

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By S. Neoh
Feb 7, 2013
Red Rocks because it is "out West" and has both great trad and sport to offer. And, most likely, the temps will be good.

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By LeeAB
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From ABQ, NM
Feb 7, 2013
Once we landed we headed to Font to find a place to stay for the night before doing a day of wine tasting and heading to Buoux.
Or you could split time between Shelf to clip bolts and the South Platte to plug gear.

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By Andrew Gram
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From Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 8, 2013
Andrew Gram
Lumpy Ridge the first week of March? Uh, no.

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By Auto-X Fil
From NEPA and Upper Jay, NY
Feb 8, 2013
Allegiant Air flies from South Bend direct to Vegas for about $300 round-trip.

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By JCM
From Seattle, WA
Feb 8, 2013
Andrew Gram wrote:
Lumpy Ridge the first week of March? Uh, no.


Agreed with you there, Andrew. It is really remarkable how many people who give destination advice on this site have no understanding whatsoever of seasons.

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By Woodchuck ATC
Feb 8, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
JCM wrote:
Agreed with you there, Andrew. It is really remarkable how many people who give destination advice on this site have no understanding whatsoever of seasons.


Yup, I wonder where the weather sense is in some people....March!! Geez I've been to Estes in late May or early June and had freezing temps, lots of snow yet, cooold! March is still mid winter around there!! No Go!

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