How cold is too cold for you guys?

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How cold is too cold for you guys?

Post by MoHAlixPr » Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:23 am

What are the lowest temps you guys will climb at?

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Re: How cold is too cold for you guys?

Post by pumpout2004 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:25 am

Climbed in weather that was high of 22 degrees but completely sunny in January, and it was manageable with some cold weather siege tactics. Any colder or any less sunshine would have been rough.
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Post by Ascentionist » Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:32 pm

That sounds about right. Sun and aspect of the cliff make a big difference.
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Post by MoHAlixPr » Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:44 pm

tbh I asked because I want to climb this weekend but it's gonna be 45 degrees and I'm kind of a wuss.

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Post by GWG » Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:58 pm

Kind of? If you aren't climbing when it's 45, you ARE a wuss!

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Re: How cold is too cold for you guys?

Post by MoHAlixPr » Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:03 pm

Gonna find a sunny wall so my fingers are less likely to go numb. That's my plan right now.

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Post by Willy » Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:20 pm

45 is pretty miserable. Better off going to the gym

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Post by krampus » Tue Feb 25, 2014 4:29 pm

anything below 60 is just not worth it, unless you just plan to hike or something.
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Post by pumpout2004 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:10 pm

This actually brings up a fairly interesting topic. What kind of techniques do others use in cold temps (less than say 40 degrees). For me, its always been:

1. choose route you want to try
2. climb until you numb out - usually around bolt 2 or 3
3. hang until fingers thaw - usually painful as hell
4. bolt to bolt the rest of route until warmth finally hits
5. lower and rest no more than 5 to 10 minutes
6. try to send, battling numbing out the whole way by putting hands on neck and back

I've also tried hot rocks in chalk bag, climbing as fast as possible, running for 10 minutes before climbing, slapping hands together before climbing, and not climbing at all. With the last one being the only tried and true way to not numb out. Any tricks out there I've missed over the years?
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Re: How cold is too cold for you guys?

Post by XplosionOflaver » Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:24 pm

Cold beer in hand?

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Re: How cold is too cold for you guys?

Post by MoHAlixPr » Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:25 pm

pumpout2004 wrote:This actually brings up a fairly interesting topic. What kind of techniques do others use in cold temps (less than say 40 degrees). For me, its always been:

1. choose route you want to try
2. climb until you numb out - usually around bolt 2 or 3
3. hang until fingers thaw - usually painful as hell
4. bolt to bolt the rest of route until warmth finally hits
5. lower and rest no more than 5 to 10 minutes
6. try to send, battling numbing out the whole way by putting hands on neck and back

I've also tried hot rocks in chalk bag, climbing as fast as possible, running for 10 minutes before climbing, slapping hands together before climbing, and not climbing at all. With the last one being the only tried and true way to not numb out. Any tricks out there I've missed over the years?
Putting your hands in your crotch usually warms them up pretty fast. For best results do this as the next guy queuing to climb the route watches.

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Re: How cold is too cold for you guys?

Post by krampus » Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:38 pm

you missed one pump, try dipping your hands in some cold water on your way to the crag
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Re: How cold is too cold for you guys?

Post by lena_chita » Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:04 am

MoHAlixPr wrote:What are the lowest temps you guys will climb at?
I prefer not to climb on the rope when the temp is below 32, but I have climbed in the sun with temps in upper-20s, and it was not bad.

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Re: How cold is too cold for you guys?

Post by Ascentionist » Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:48 am

MoHAlixPr wrote:tbh I asked because I want to climb this weekend but ... I'm kind of a wuss.
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Re: How cold is too cold for you guys?

Post by Ascentionist » Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:49 am

pumpout2004 wrote:This actually brings up a fairly interesting topic. What kind of techniques do others use in cold temps
1. Bouldering.
2. Go home and eat lots.
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