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Black Wall (aka Happy Acres)

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All that, Jazz T,S,TR 
Cram It T 
Geriatric Therapy T 
Greek Tragedy T 
Happy Acres T 
Mom & Apple Pie S 
Mothers of Invention S 
Spontaneous Enjoyment T 
Tres Hombres T,S 
Unknown 5.8+ T 

Black Wall (aka Happy Acres) Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Larry DeAngelo on Sep 7, 2005


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Hike west out of the main Calico Basin area. Go past Cannibal Crag and Dickies Cliff, then up the steep canyon. The cliff on the left is the Black Wall.

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Weather station 0.2 miles from here

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['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Black Wall (aka Happy Acres)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Black Wall (aka Happy Acres):
Geriatric Therapy   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   
Spontaneous Enjoyment   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 170'   
All that, Jazz   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, TR, 3 pitches, 300'   
Mom & Apple Pie   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Cram It   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Mothers of Invention   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Geriatric Therapy variation, pitch 2

Geriatric Therapy 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  NV : Red Rock : ... : Black Wall (aka Happy Acres...
The crux, I think, was moving over a slight bulge on the second pitch; assuming you do the variation. I can't speak of the Standard (2 pitch) route. Rock quality was marginal, at times, on the first pitch. P2 ascends a small corner, and then trends left onto the face with two bolts to the "bulge". There is a belay station on a small ledge above the bulge....[more]   Browse More Classics in NV

Photos of Black Wall (aka Happy Acres) Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Start of Black wall, pitch one
BETA PHOTO: Start of Black wall, pitch one
Rock Climbing Photo: View of the cliff.
BETA PHOTO: View of the cliff.
Rock Climbing Photo: Calico Basin, Happy Acres area
BETA PHOTO: Calico Basin, Happy Acres area

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By JohnniMo
From: Las Vegas, Nevada
Feb 19, 2015
Lost a Black Diamond #8 stopper (with yellow marking tape) here Wed, February 18. If anybody finds it please email me at

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