|By JCM |
From Golden, CO
Nov 15, 2012
I'm planning a possible Thanksgiving trip to Penitente (decided to avoid the Indian Creek Thanksgiving circus), and am wondering a bit about the climate/conditions down there. It's been about 10 years since I've been to Penitente, and that was in a warmer month, so I'd like to know what to expect at this time of year.
I know the climate/conditions at Shelf decently well, so lets use that as a yardstick. Are temperatures at Penitente comparable to Shelf, or is Pentitente usually colder. If so, by how much? If I recall correctly, the elevation at Penitente is higher than Shelf.
Also, what is the aspect and sun exposure of the main walls at Penitente? We are most interested in the routes in the Bullet the Blue Sky, A Virgin No More, etc. area. Do these get good all day or part-day sun? Alternatively, is there a shady zone to seek out if it turns out to be unusually warm?
Lastly, does it get windy in the canyon, or is it decently sheltered.