Thanks to both of you for the ideas. It ended up being a touch warmer and less wind in Red Rocks. If you were in the sun it felt great; in the shadows it was cold...cold enough for me to feel it through my boots. WD, thanks for all the insights; they all make sense to me. The ensolite pad(s) are now part of my gear set!
Patty (and I) came out of this fired up to come back and do some more outside climbing. So I am very happy with how things worked out. Patty even got herself up a couple of 10a face climbs....exhausted, but smiling afterwards. I also got in a short/super easy single pitch sport climb so's I could build an anchor, then belay the next up. Red Rocks is just a beautiful area to hang out at...definitely worth a visit climbing or not.
Edited by skcreidc (12/20/13 01:09 PM)
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