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By Hand.jammin
Dec 14, 2013

Is climbing feasible given theres no snow obviously?


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By Jamie Henrichsen
From Lake Morena, CA
Dec 16, 2013
Mexican Border Fence

Yes. Especially southern aspects. Climbing in the sun with temps around 40-50 is real nice. Todays high is 68 f.

www.climbingweather.com/California/Tahquitz-and-Suicide-Rock>>>


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By Willie Wilson
From America
Dec 16, 2013

you may come across a little snow on the north face routes but everything from the west face to the south face is good to go. Climbing in the shade would be a little chilly especially first thing in the morning.


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By Hand.jammin
Dec 16, 2013

thanks guys i think ill give it a go


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By Guy Keesee
From Moorpark, CA
Dec 18, 2013
Big Boulder, just a bit downhill from Temple of Kali. Alabama Hills, CA.

HandJammin.... Tahquitz is climable in the winter when the weather is stable.

A few days of sun will warm up the place.

Look at the driving conditions for places like Ontario, Chino, and Hemit.

Fog in the am is the key. If fog- its a safe bet to go, even if its drizziling rain on the drive out.... one must believe it will be nice.. and I have been in the drizzle at Humber Park only to have it clear up at lunch rock.

South Face of Tahquitz, open book, mechanics all good to go.... just watch out for snow melt run off on the decent.


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By JCM
From Golden, CO
Dec 18, 2013

Guy Keesee wrote:
South Face of Tahquitz, open book, mechanics all good to go.... just watch out for snow melt run off on the decent.



This. Open Book , and anything to the right of it, can be excellent in the winter provided a warm day without too much wind. These routes melt out and dry out pretty quickly due to ample sun. Once you head left from Open Book, the routes get a lot less sun, and cold/ice/snow/water may be a bigger issue. Certain faces of Suicide get lots of sun and can be great in the winter too. Regardless of the route, snow on the approach and/or descent can be a concern, although the usual Tahquitz 4th class descent does melt out pretty well; it gets lots of sun. If you live nearby and can pick and choose the good days, wintertime is a fantastic time to climb in Idyllwild. Cool air, warm sun, great friction, and no crowds.

That said, you have to be aware of the snow conditions. One big dump of snow can shut down climbing for several weeks, since it takes a while for the snow to melt out, and then a while longer for the rock to dry out. How much you can climb in the winter is hit or miss. Sometimes there can be 6 weeks straight of stable, dry weather in Jan/Feb, and lots of winter slab climbing to do, or sometimes the snow rolls through every 1-2 weeks, keeping the place locked up in snow and water. You just have to be opportunistic...but at least J-Tree is there as a backup plan. Also make sure to check on the wind conditions in Idyllwild. A day that is in the high 40s in town (Idyllwild), with sun and no wind, is glorious on the south face of Tahquitz. Add a bit of wind, however, and you'll freeze.

If you'll be driving a ways and are uncertain about conditions, give a call to the Nomad Ventures shop in Idyllwild. They'll know what's going on in terms of climbing conditions. Just make sure to stop through and buy something from them occasionally to show gratitude and support the local knowledge resource.


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By x15x15
Dec 19, 2013

danc on first pitch of Iron Cross last weekend. This is the time of year to climb many routes on Suicide/ Tahquitz...


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By clint helander
From anchorage, alaska
Dec 29, 2013
Sleeping on top of Washington column after climbing the Prow. Yosemite.

We climbed Open Book on Tahquitz yesterday and barely wore t-shirts. No snow on trail. Awesome temps. Going back for more tomorrow.


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By Guy Keesee
From Moorpark, CA
Dec 30, 2013
Big Boulder, just a bit downhill from Temple of Kali. Alabama Hills, CA.

Clint.... pretty cool thing to do, no?

a winter acent of Open Book.

We love Southern California.


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