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Offline csproul

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Zion or the Valley over Thanksgiving
« on: September 02, 2011, 08:13:02 am »
It's been a while since I lived out west, so my memory of typical weather is a bit fuzzy. It looks like I could take a climbing vacation the week of Thanksgiving, which can be an awkward weather time for many destinations. My recollection of Yosemite during this time was that it was a crap shoot and tending to have more bad weather than good. Fine if you live nearby and can hit the good weather, but probably not good to make cross country travel plans for a specific week. How about Zion? Is it any better during that time, or is it already cold there too? I know I have been to Zion in December and it was absurdly cold...below freezing the entire time I was there.

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Re: Zion or the Valley over Thanksgiving
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2011, 09:41:06 am »
I was down in Zion and Indian Creek last Thanksgiving and it was really cold at night. I think the nights in Zion were around 10-15 degrees and a few of the nights in Indian creek were around -5. It also snowed about 5 inches in Indian Creek but I'm pretty sure that's not normal.  I'm not sure if those temperatures were out of the ordinary but camping in that is pretty damn cold in my book. During the day I remember it being about 45-50 but it felt much warmer than that as long as you stayed in the sun. The one climb we did in the shade gave me an evil case of the screaming barfies. At least in Yosemite you can always head to the bar or warm up in the Ahwahnee.

My vote is head to the desert and get up some of those towers.

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Re: Zion or the Valley over Thanksgiving
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2011, 07:57:07 am »
Late November is Zion can be pretty cold and the days are really short.

If you are climbing a route in the sun, like Touchstone, Maroni, etc  you will most likely enjoy good climbing conditions and it will be quite warm while climbing. At night you're want a good sleeping bag and a stove for hot drinks.

Lots of people do it, and I'm sure you won't have the the canyon to yourself. Pick a route that gets lots of sun and you're have a good time.

What route/s were you looking at?