We’ve had some unusually warm weather here the last couple of days. Michelle and I decided we wanted to make the most of it and take a day trip to Crescent for some outdoor climbing (which we haven’t been able to comfortably do since Thanksgiving). We had planned to hike out the night before and camp, but after the long, hard week we’d both had, and the low nighttime temperatures, we decided a warm, relaxing evening indoors would be better (especially it was just a 35 minute drive and 15 minute hike to do in the morning).
On the drive out we were slightly concerned because the roads were pretty damp from what must of been the heavy morning dew. The hike in only made things worse, as there was A LOT of snow still on the top of the mountain. But upon arriving at the cliff face we knew we were in for a good day of climbing! The rock was dry and there wasn’t any snow to slow us down. We were on the wall and climbing at about 10 AM.
For those who know Crescent, we spent most of the day on Right Wall climbing every route from the 5.8 on the left side to the 5.6 in the block chimney.
Nick and Adair joined us about 1:15 and climbed a few routes on Right Wall. We finished up the day on Main Wall, climbing Coordination Street, a 5.10a that has become a popular route in our group. I’m happy to say that everyone there was able to get through the route! A first for both Michelle and Adair, and I know they were both happy about it.
So I can safely confirm that what the guide book says about being able to climb at Crescent Rocks on a sunny, winter day is completely true. Since Crescent is a south-facing cliff it gets sun almost all day, ensuring the rock stays dry and warm(er) than most of the outdoor spots in this area.