Did the route early in June last year (trip report here) and it was great in the shade. The chimney pitches all receive morning shade and you want to be sure to time however long you think that will take you properly, as the upper face pitches go into the shade at 1:30 this time of year. Bring a lot of water, we brought 2 gallons (!!!) and it was barely enough for us. For reference, it was over 105 in Las Vegas that day and 95 at the Red Rock visitor's center.
The Velvet Wall in the summertime is a great place for half day adventures or for a full day on Epi. Enjoy your run up it and post a TR!
Climbed it 6/26/12 and the top of the tower/chimneys plus all the climbing thereafter went into the shade a little before 1pm IIRC.
Turns 105 temps in Vegas into 80 temps up high in the canyon but don't tell anyone.
Shade is your friend..
Time the upper pitches accordingly.
Weston (as usual) is correct as the lower chimneys face northwest and receive no sun.
The first pitch caught a little morning sun, but goes by in a flash.
Just remember timing is critical.
More time in the sun = more water.
Rad! You guys will cruise, enjoy it...one of the finest rock climbs I have done.
I should be in Tuolumne this weekend, but next time you guys are coming up let me know and we'll grab some beers and have a laugh or climb some rock. Been meaning to get out and sample Tahquitz, hoping to make a trip this fall but who the hell knows...so damn busy...can we get more weekends in a month, you know, without more work weeks?
I did the climb in sept of 93;...it was warm. The first pitches are in the shade of the corner....then it gets warm. The chimney pitches are, of course, shaddy...and after awhile, you get up high and you can hope for a breeze. You will probably not die. Bring a pack with drinks in it and you will probably be fine.. Don't screw up the descent. It shouldn't take more than an hour or two at the most.....have fun
Like Larry mentions, the forecasts here tend to be deceptive.
Just as a general Red Rock beta note, McCarran International Airport is situated at 2,180 ft. Most forecasts for Las Vegas are modeled at about that elevation. The mouth of all of the canyons are situated above 4,000 feet, with some slightly higher. That is a significant difference. You don't feel the elevation gain driving from McCarran to Red Rock really, and it even shocks non-climbing locals that we are that much higher - except that when they get to Charleston and 215 they often see that the temperature gauge is 5-10 degrees cooler.
My house is at 3,300' at the edge of town and I have been shocked how when it is 75 at my house, I am still freezing my ass off in the shade with a light breeze on route at Red Rock. The lack of humidity here definitely makes temps here feel about 10-12 degrees cooler than they really are, at least relative to Reno where I lived last.
That being said, the sun here is hot as hell...avoid it.