red rocks

11:52 a.m. on April 21, 2003 (EDT)
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just a forwarning: went to do Eagle Dance at Red Rocks last week: started raining, high winds, then waterfalls down the approach slabs / flooding in the wash; Make sure you are prepared if you head back to this area - it was nightmarish getting out - a good 5 hour return trip to the Oak Creek parking area.
PS: three rappels are now set up to avoid the slabs

2:38 p.m. on April 21, 2003 (EDT)
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Prepared = weather forecast

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just a forwarning: went to do Eagle Dance at Red Rocks last week: started raining, high winds, then waterfalls down the approach slabs / flooding in the wash; Make sure you are prepared if you head back to this area - it was nightmarish getting out - a good 5 hour return trip to the Oak Creek parking area.
PS: three rappels are now set up to avoid the slabs

Rule of thumb for desert sandstone is to not climb when its raining and to give it at least a day to dry out, otherwise, the rock is weak and unnecessary damage can occur.

Flash floods in the Utah and Nevada desert are commonplace. A good weather forecast and being conservative is the pound of prevention.

Brian in SLC

July 25, 2014
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