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The Schwa Area is an interesting crag that can be found just beyond the Whiskey Peak descent gully. There is a lot of rock here and it is no further away from the Black Velvet Parking Area than any of the other Whiskey Peak routes.

The Brock/McMillen guide lists a mere five routes in the area. It is likely that there are a number of unrecorded lines here, but it is equally likely that there is some first ascent potential here as well.

Getting There 

The Schwa Area can be found just left of the Whiskey Peak Descent Gully. It is easily visible from the parking lot. The main Schwa Area pushes right up against the enterance to the Mud Spring Canyon.

Park as for the Black Velvet Canyon and take the Black Velvet Approach Trail. At the first junction take a left hand turn. Continue along this trail until it begins to drift away from the Schwa Area. Cut steeply up the hill toward the central route on the wall, an obvious splitter called the Schwa.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.9 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in The Schwa Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Schwa Area:
The Schwa   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 190'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Rico leading The Schwa.

The Schwa 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  NV : Red Rock : ... : The Schwa Area
The Schwa is one of the few members of Red Rock Canyon's exclusive splitter crack club. This club includes the likes of The Fox, Atman, Yin Yang, Red Zinger, and Chrysler Crack amongst a few others.The Schwa itself feels a lot like The Fox. The second pitch of the route starts with hands and just gets bigger as you go.The best way to climb this route is to break it into two pitches. There are a few ways to approach the main crack. The left side is somewhat difficult, whereas the right side i...[more]   Browse More Classics in NV

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By Weston L
From: Summerlin, NV
Jul 15, 2013
To update the approach beta a touch, you continue along the mountain bike trail until a huge pyramidal boulder on your left hand side. Then cross-country steeply and be unhappy, until you look up at the, and continue grunting. It is worth it.

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