Three Late Fall & Winter U.S. Rock Climbing Weekend Getaway Spots

If you’ve got a weekend to spare and you’re in a romantic relationship with a rock climber, there’s no better way to say, “I love you” than with a quick climbing vacation. However, if that weekend happens to be during late fall or winter, picking a U.S. rock climbing destination with good weather is challenging. By choosing one of the climbing areas below, you can almost guarantee a successful trip, even if the weather’s bad.

Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, Nevada Weekend Getaway

On the outskirts of Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area provides perhaps the country’s finest cold-season romantic vacation option for rock climbers. Red Rocks presents fantastically diverse rock climbing opportunities for climbers of all ability levels, including sport climbing, bouldering, and classic multi-pitch routes, plus plenty of local guide services if you want professional supervision.

Clean up from climbing at one of those cheap Vegas …

WHAT'S the DIFFERENCE BETWEEN a CLIMBING ROSE & a RAMBLING ROSE?

If you want to have roses all summer long, choose a climber. A climber will bloom all summer long, usually from June to October. If you choose a rambling rose it will bloom only once during the year for about four to six weeks. However, when the rambler blooms it makes a very dramatic impact on your garden.

What I have done to solve this problem is to have one rambler and one climber. The trick is the pruning. The climber only blooms from the new season’s growth, so it requires pruning back to the main frame.

On ramblers, flowers are produced on second year wood. Any pruning you do on a rambler is to shape it and not to stimulate flowers.

Rambler is a tall fast growing rose and will spread sideways. A Climber is much shorter and will do exactly as it’s trained to do.

For a spectacular …

Indoor Climbing Gyms in Boulder, Colorado

One of the most popular pastimes in Boulder, Colorado is undoubtedly rock climbing. The beautiful mountains and plentiful rock formations make getting out and climbing easy and fun in the warm months. But what happens when the weather turns cold? For that, try turning to one of Boulder’s great indoor rock gyms.

Spot Bouldering Gym: the Spot Bouldering Gym (www.thespotgym.com) is considered the best rock gym dedicated to bouldering in the world, as well as one of the largest at 10,000 square feet. This gym has freestanding structures reaching up to 18 feet high. The rock textures and forms range from Hueco to Fontaineblue to Yosimite. For those who prefer lead climbing, the Spot offers a 25-foot rope wall. As usual, a variety of climbing classes are offered. The only down side to the Spot is that membership buys not only access to a great gym, but also a perceived …

Can U.S. Skiers Climb Mountain One More Time?

No pressure, U.S. skiers, but you’re coming off the nation’s best performance in Olympic history four years ago at Vancover without your top gun on the women’s side and a 36-year-old on the men’s side who’s trying to grab the gusto one last time.

No problem, right? Certainly expectations aren’t as great for the U.S. as they were in 2010, but this U.S. team might have a good mix of veterans and emerging standouts who could reach the podium stand when the Winter Olympics begin in Sochi, Russia.

Although Lindsey Vonn, the first U.S. woman to win Olympic gold in the downhill, will be stateside tending to her surgically repaired knee, and Bode Miller, who will become the oldest American to participate in alpine skiing when the Olympics begin, is trying to race Father Time, all isn’t lost. The U.S. has medal possibilities when the Olympic downhill begins Feb. 9 …