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May 26, 2013
My partner and I just arrived in Vegas for a week long stay with our sole purpose being to climb at Red Rocks. We've got some ideas about what we'd ultimately like to get on, but before embarking on anything too committing we hope to get acquainted by climbing something moderate and, ideally, short (less than 300'). The kicker is that our first day on the rock is Memorial Day: I'm guessing all the classics will be crowded. So, can anyone suggest a few quality routes of 5.8 or easier grade that are short and often neglected? Standard bonuses apply for being in the shade and easily approached. Other recommendations are certainly welcome; mainly we're hoping to spend more time climbing than waiting tomorrow.

Thank you so much!
Joined Jun 1, 2012
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May 27, 2013
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Ragged Edges might by busy, but it's a short approach and you should at least do a drive-by to see if anyone is on it.

Classic Corner could be good to go. It's shady in the afternoon.

Mescalito is a longer approach (45 minutes) but there's some lesser-climbed routes that are shady in the afternoon. Cookie Monster, When a Stranger Calls and Pauligk Pillar are not classics but pretty good.

Great Red Book might have another party on it, but worth a try first thing in the morning. At least you can see it from the parking lot to see if anyone is on it...
John Hegyes
From Las Vegas, NV
Joined Feb 2, 2002
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May 27, 2013
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It is pretty hot for RR. I doubt there will be a ton of people even though it is a holiday weekend. Check out the Necromancer Wall in Ice Box. TomCaldwell
From Clemson, S.C.
Joined Jun 2, 2009
2,726 points
Jun 5, 2013
A belated thanks for the suggestions! We ended up doing Pauligk Pillar that day (the descent turned into a minor epic, but that's a separate tale). Mescalito was well worth the approach. immunizer
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