A Full Week of Rock Climbing in Moab, Utah

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When it rains in Moab, no one climbs for a full day or more. But, unlike snow days in elementary school, there is no principal calling the shots. This is a grassroots decision; a way to show respect to the rock.

Climbing in the rain would go against widely-accepted etiquette. Wet sandstone is fragile, and climbing on it would risk breaking off pieces and permanently changing routes. So when it rains, the entire climbing community finds something else to do, often waiting multiple days until the rock is dry. Like many things in the climbing world, this lesson is handed down from experienced climbers to new enthusiasts. There isn’t an all-powerful governing body, just a powerful culture that continues to proliferate.

Our week-long trip to Moab was book-ended by storms, marring many of our…

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