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Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Mescalito : Bloodline (5.11a)
By: Michael Kimm When: May 16, 2016

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Comments: As others have said, this route doesn't require much crack technique. That being said, the top two pitches are excellent. Some traffic on pitch four has cleaned it up nicely too; only one hold terrified me when it moved. I would agree there are no 5.11 moves on the thing either. At best, it might have 5.11a pump. If it's 5.11a, it's soft at the grade.
The third pitch is soft as well. We thought it felt about 5.10a, and didn't find it particularly spicy.
If not for rubble pyramid guardi... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : First Pullout : Civilization Crag
By: Michael Kimm When: Feb 1, 2016

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Comments: Just want to clarify; the Omega Pacific rings on the climbs that have them are a forged solid construction and are not hollow. They're rated to 20 kN. They are aluminum, so they will eventually groove (just like carabiners used for lowering do), but they are not the weak hollow rap rings you often find.


Location: NV : Red Rock : First Pullout : Velvet Elvis and The Climb ... : Climb Bomb (5.11d)
By: Michael Kimm When: Dec 21, 2015

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Comments: I'm torn. The moves out of the roof are quality, and the higher rock is pretty good, but that hold at the end of the crux... I hit and caught it and more than half of the other side of it exploded off the wall. Hanging on the bolt several other pieces of it broke off in my hand; I stopped cleaning it for fear I'd remove the whole hold and render the line a non-route. Be careful on it.. and find a way to clip the second bolt early.


Location: NV : Red Rock : First Pullout : Dante's Wall : Three Mouths, Three Faces (5.10a)
By: Michael Kimm When: Nov 5, 2015

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Comments: Just to put it out there, this thing has cleaned up a huge amount in the past year. Much more solid now than when I first put it up!


Location: NV : Red Rock : First Pullout : The Chasm : Into the Light (5.10)
By: Michael Kimm When: Oct 13, 2015

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Comments: Thing has cleaned up pretty nicely since the first ascent. It also feels easier than the first pass; 5.10 it is.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Juniper Canyon : Cloud Tower : The Clod Tower (5.10c)
By: Michael Kimm When: Jan 25, 2015

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Comments: Josh's pitch beta is spot on. Really enjoyable climb.. fist pitch was a rough warmup for me though. Felt every inch as hard as Our Father or Red Zinger. Sustained, steep, and beautiful! We did the route with Josh's rack beta as well; kinda wish I'd had a third #2. I walked my first one quite a bit further than I would have liked! Those looking for splitter cracks in Red Rock need to do this climb!


Location: NV : Red Rock : First Pullout : Jessica's Wall
By: Michael Kimm When: Dec 29, 2014

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Comments: Went out today and cairned the best way in to Jessica's Wall. Added several beta shots on here too.


Location: NV : Red Rock : First Pullout : Dante's Wall
By: Michael Kimm When: Dec 29, 2014

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Comments: Went out today and added a bunch of cairns on the way to Dante's Wall. Should be easier to find now.
EDIT: People keep knocking them down? Three attempts to rebuild them, they keep disappearing. Dunno...


Location: NV : Red Rock : Calico Basin : The Fringe : Behavior Issues (5.10a)
By: Michael Kimm When: Nov 30, 2014

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Comments: Umm.... There is no big hollow flake on this route. You're thinking of Trust me, I Lie, which crosses this line. The bolt that is "in the flake" is actually in a patch of completely solid rock between two hollow flakes. Yes, they're hollow. They also won't break unless you go up there with the express intention of removing them from the wall.
For anyone else that feels the need to spew vitriol about how dangerous things are on this wall: shut up. They're not. Period. The bolts and anchors are go... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Calico Basin : Strategic Arms Wall
By: Michael Kimm When: Nov 25, 2014

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Comments: There are six or seven new routes here; they're not mine, but I climbed several of them. The ones I did range from 5.11+ to middle 5.12. As stuff continues to clean up, this wall is going to be very popular: a run of 100-foot-long steep 11s and 12s? Yes please!


Location: NV : Red Rock : Calico Basin : Sunny and Steep : Sunny and Steep (5.11d) : Photo
By: Michael Kimm When: Nov 6, 2014

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Comments: That boulder is the Golden Nugget, and has a pair of sport climbs on it. It's taller than it looks.


Location: NV : Red Rock : First Pullout : Civilization Crag
By: Michael Kimm When: Oct 5, 2014

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Comments: There are six new routes on the south faces of the formation. They climb very much like gym routes with tons of good holds. With so many hold options, these routes will likely shed for a while, but they've already seen a sizable amount of traffic. Good fun; these make the crag an all year and all moderate grade affair.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Icebox Canyon : Necromancer Wall : Fold Out (5.8)
By: Michael Kimm When: Oct 5, 2014

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Comments: Really nice first pitch and forgettable second. Good mellow fun.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Icebox Canyon : Necromancer Wall : Sensuous Mortician (5.9)
By: Michael Kimm When: Oct 5, 2014

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Comments: Really really good, albeit soft at 5.9. Fantastic rock, good gear when you need it, and no real crux to speak of. A stellar pitch.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Icebox Canyon : Necromancer Wall : Black Magic Panties (5.10- R)
By: Michael Kimm When: Oct 5, 2014

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Comments: Heady, but as stated, everything is there, and the rock is immaculate. If you're solid at 5.10 RR faces, this is a route well worth doing.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Icebox Canyon : Necromancer Wall : Unknown 10a (5.10a)
By: Michael Kimm When: Oct 5, 2014

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Comments: Really a spectacular pitch. Someone's gotta know the name of this thing.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Calico Basin : The Fringe : Hippie Vest (5.9)
By: Michael Kimm When: Jun 1, 2014

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Comments: The bolts are good. If you think I don't test the rock before drilling you're out of your mind.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Calico Basin : Strategic Arms Wall : SALT (5.10+)
By: Michael Kimm When: May 10, 2014

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Comments: Okay, so I finally got around to going back up to suss the damage... SALT seems completely intact to me, still sitting at a comfortable 10+. Tons of chalk on it too; someone (or many someones) have given it a good many gos it seems. Feels more solid than the first ascent too.. cleaning up well!


Location: NV : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : Whiskey Peak : Tales from the Gripped (5.11b)
By: Michael Kimm When: May 6, 2014

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Comments: A step up from Delicate Sound of Thunder. Pitch 1 is an intense slab crux if you're short, and pitch three is delicate and committing above the questionable hardware.


Location: NV : Red Rock : First Pullout : Iron Man Wall
By: Michael Kimm When: Mar 17, 2014

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Comments: Summer of 2008.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Magic Mountain - East : Dog Police (5.10c)
By: Michael Kimm When: Mar 15, 2014

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Comments: Beautiful route. I found it really chill at the grade, but I have really small hands and fingers. A pain to get to, but well worth it!


Location: NV : Red Rock : Icebox Canyon : Sunnyside Crags : Mercedes (5.11-)
By: Michael Kimm When: Feb 25, 2014

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Comments: There are two different nut options low, both completely bomber placements. Large tricams, or either a #.75 or #2 Camalot can fit in the pocket section, so there are two very good pieces before the first bolt. No R rating here! If you're leading the grade, jump on it! The climb is excellent!


Location: NV : Red Rock : Calico Basin : The Fringe : Unknown Corner (5.10-)
By: Michael Kimm When: Feb 18, 2014

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Comments: Dave Burns informed me yesterday that this route saw a first ascent probably 20 years ago, but couldn't remember the original name or first ascentionist. I've updated the route accordingly.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Calico Basin : The Fringe : Semantics (AKA Some Antics) (5.11-)
By: Michael Kimm When: Feb 18, 2014

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Comments: Saw a second ascent 2/17/14. Nice job Bob!
Bob told me he though the route was solid 5.11. I don't know if I agree with him, but there it is. A second opinion for anyone that wants it. Still a very worthwhile and varied climb!


Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Magic Mountain : Chocolate flakes (5.10d)
By: Michael Kimm When: Jan 21, 2014

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Comments: I took a single rack to 3", doubles of .75 and 1 Camalots, full set of nuts and my C3s. Was happy to have all of it, but you won't need anything bigger than that. I think we only placed the #3 once, on pitch 2.
The bottom two anchors could use some love: From what I remember the top of the first pitch the nuts, bolt ends, and chains are all rusty. One newer bolt and hanger, one older 3/8" with a homemade hanger. Second pitch are two completely rusted homemade hangers on bolts probably 20+ ... more >>


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