With the sun reaching its nadir in less than a month, finding sunny walls to climb becomes paramount to avoiding wooden finger syndrome.
As luck would have it we have some great south facing walls in the Bitterroot granite and with Blodgett, Mill and Kootenai Canyons all with well developed sport climbing routes, who says we must now climb inside? Grab a heater pouch for your chalk bag and head to the nearest crag for good all year climbing during the warm spells. At Kootenai on the first buttress there is sun on the Ironmonger Wall until about 2:30 p.m., on the second buttress the climbs off the Boardwalk Ledge bask in the sun until the same time. At Blodgett the sun stays on the rock until mid afternoon and at Mill Creek expect sun on the Tick wall and Tiger Stripe area until 3:30 p.m. As I have been focusing on busting into the 11 grade lead climbing, I am excited to be able to get out and practice throughout the upcoming winter. While the valleys sit under inversions and the Rattlesnake is cloudy, it could just be 50 degrees in the sun at Mill Creek. Check out the blog below for great info on the MIll Creek Climbing zone- http://millcreekreport.blogspot.com/