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Regional discussion and conditions reports for the Great American Southwest. Please post partners requests and trip plans in the Southwest US Climbing Partners section.

Gear required for winter Humphreys summit

Planning to climb Humphreys in mid-Feburary. Obviously that's a ways out, but in a typical snow year what gear do I need in Feb? I've heard crampons aren't necessary -- which leads me to believe an ice axe isn't either. And is a ski descent worthwhile? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Mike Holmes
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FINALLY moving back to the Mountains! New Mexico

This isn't exactly a climbing post, but I hope you all will understand... I'm just beyond happy to say that I'm finally leaving the midwest and moving back to the mountains! My wife and I are moving to Albuquerque this summer and I plan to make up for 20 years of lost time, climbing anything and everything I can, every single chance I get.

I'm definitely looking to meet up with fellow alpine climbers and ...
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Terminal Cancer chute, Ruby Mountains NV

Anyone seen it recently? How is the snowpack building up in the area? Will be there in mid-January so I know a ton can change in that amount of time, I was just curious as to how that area is filling in right now. I am not dead set on skiing it no matter what, but if the avy conditions are safe and it's filled in I just wanted to know if there was enough ...
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pedernales, enchanted rock, ??

I always take my son to the wichita wildlife refuge and am looking for somewhere new. Needs some tough climbs (hes only 4 so not death defying), good scenary, etc. I looked at pedernales but may be a lil cold as it looks like u need to get wet to do a lot of it. Enchanted rock looks cool but for a whole weekend im not sure and I think hes tough young to do ...
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Wheeler Peak Conditions - Thanksgiving Summit Attempt. 2014

I'll be driving up from Austin Tx for a summit attempt on Wheeler Peak. So far it looks likes the weather will be favorable and I'm wondering what the conditions of Bull in the Woods trail are, as well as any other information about the condition of the routes up to the mountain.

Thank you!
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Lost/Left rope bag at base of Geronimo, Red Rock


I loaned rack, ropes, and rope bag to friends visiting from out-of-the-country last weekend, for climbing in Red Rock (near Las Vegas). They inadvertently left my rope bag (dirty green and black - I think it was a Metolius) at the base of Geronimo (Jackrabbit Buttress, Juniper Canyon). This would have been at the end of the day on Sunday, November 2.
If anyone saw it, grabbed it, or brought it to lost-and-found at ...
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Charleston Peak NV Saturday 11/8

I know it's last minute, but send me a pm if you'd like to join me. Nothing fancy, just a stroll up the standard route. I'm not fast at all, but I'm also not that slow... Looking forward to it if you can join. PS, have a nice day.
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10/14: Partner for 10-14 day road trip (NV/CA)

I need a partner to climb during first half of October. Prefer alpine and long trad routes. This will be my first trip back to the USA in 18 months. I want to visit some of my favorite areas and I also have a few routes in mind. Also open to new places.

Dates: Sep 30-Oct 14
Where: Red Rocks (NV) or Yosemite or side trips as far as Washington state
Routes: Serenity Crack, Levitation ...
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Permits to be required for groups in Grand Canyon

Groups of hikers and runners who want to do grueling excursions across the Grand Canyon will soon need a permit -- a move officials say will cut back on overcrowding, litter and safety issues at the popular tourist attraction in Arizona.

The permit requirement begins on Sept. 15 and involves any group that publicly advertises a trip from rim to rim...

The park has no limit on the number of one-day permits it will issue. ...
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Lone Survivor Movie Scenery

First, I would rather not have a discussion about the movie or the politics surrounding it, if there are any. I am interested in the scenery.

I recently watch, "Lone Survivor", which was decent, but the scenery was fantastic. I figure that the super rugged scenes were filmed on the WEST (not east as originally and incorrectly written) side of the Sandia Mountains, as they did not look like the Sangres. Does anyone know or ...
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