An Atypical Trip to Vegas: Climbing at Red Rocks

Trip Start Jan 14, 2009
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Trip End May 2010


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Friday, May 8, 2009

After an amazing trip to the sparsely populated Southeast Utah, we headed for the sandstone empire of Red Rocks Canyon, a mere 15 miles west of downtown Las Vegas.

For climbers, Red Rocks Canyon has an abundance of steep, moderate climbing routes with great cracks and well-bolted face pitches. Varnished edges, incut jugs, splitter cracks and technical faces can all be found here. Good times for sure. And the best part is how relatively uncrowded the canyons of Red Rocks are; the canyons are blissfully free of traffic noise and the reminders of civilization that you'd expect coming from an area so darn close to Sin City (if you don't count the light polution at night, that is).

We were impressed with the awesome scale of the many big walls and long routes. The 3000-foot sandstone escarpment is truly a climbers paradise and the sandstone rock quality is surprisingly solid.

So where are the stories of chaos and madness of Vegas partying? Well, we did plan to tear one off at least once in the LV's true downtown core around Fremont St., but somehow all the sun and our climbing caught up to us and we just couldn't muster the necessary guile to hit the Vegas clubs. That'll just have to wait for next time!

Some pictures from our short, but sweet visit to Red Rocks:

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Ben redpointing the ultra classic Yaak Crack (5.11c)

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The Black Corridor can look like a climbing gym during the busy weekends

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A bizarre and cool cactus pointing the entrance of Pine Creek Canyon

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Ben working the long and sustained Red Rocks classic, Running Man (5.11)

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What the hell is Ben up to?

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Lizards and gila monsters are common sights in the hot summer sun

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Beautiful desert scenery

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Another gila monster who scared the hell out of us on the trail

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The famous Black Velvet Canyon

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Lindsey hot photo. It was 97 degrees that day!

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Lindsey on Prince of Darkness, a super classic 6-pitch sport climb in the Black Velvet Canyon.

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Look at how steep this route is! The canyon bottom is a solid 1500-2000 feet below Lindsey's feet.

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Lindsey stoked to be at the top of Prince of Darkness

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Lindsey taking the sharp end

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Ben on his new project on the Challawalla Wall in St. George, UT


We're now off to visit family and tour some of the famous National Parks of the Southwest (Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon, etc.!)
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