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Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil Says Early Rock Season

Punxsutawney Phil delivered his annual late-winter forecast with thousands of people watching at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. To many onlooker’s surprise, the adorable groundhog predicted an early spring when he did not see his shadow. As the legend goes, if Phil sees his shadow, he considers it an “omen” of six more weeks of bad weather and heads back into his hole.

While Phil doesn’t always get the forecast right, many rock climbers are hoping this year is an exception so they can start their projecting early.

Of course, up until this week, most of North America has benefited from a warm winter with rock climbers getting out at most popular climbing areas, such as Indian Creek, Yosemite, Sqaumish the Canadian Rockies and even at crags in Ontario. Keep an eye on the forecast and have your crag bag ready for an early spring.