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Routes in Tuna and Chips Wall

Albacore Man T,S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Chips Ahoy T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Chips and Salsa T 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
Dolphin Safe T,S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Fishbreath T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Minnow, The TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Sierra Club Tower TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Tuna Cookies T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Tuna and Chips T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Waterstreak T,TR 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Elevation: 3,994 ft
GPS: 36.148, -115.429 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: M. Morley on Feb 20, 2004
Admins: Larry DeAngelo, Justin Johnsen


The Tuna and Chips Wall offers the longest routes at the First Pullout. The routes range from 5.3 to 5.10 and can be 200 feet long. The wall is south facing so it is a good location to climb on those cool days when you are looking for a warm place to climb.

[Reprinted with permission from Jed Botsford, Climbing Ranger - RRCNCA].

RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Details

Getting There

The approach for the Tuna and Chips Wall is the same as for the Dog Wall, but instead of turning out of the side canyon continue up canyon to the base of the Tuna and Chips Wall.

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JK- Branin
Southern New Hampshire
JK- Branin   Southern New Hampshire
Whole bunch of new, mostly easy, sport routes have sprung up to the left of sierra club tower. As far as I know these aren't on MP, but if they are it's under another area, which wouldn't make sense (but also wouldn't be the first time). Nov 6, 2016
micah richard
Litchfield, Connecticut
micah richard   Litchfield, Connecticut
This wall has exactly the right combination of poor rock quality (holds that break), and poorly protected ground fall potential, that could easily put you in the hospital. Roll the dice! it's vegas baby! Apr 10, 2014
Chris DeSantis
Salt Lake City, UT
Chris DeSantis   Salt Lake City, UT
i lead this route over the weekend and the 1st bolt 40+ feet off the deck certainly presents a potential danger. if any of the holds broke off (thin sandstone does do that from time to time) before the first clip, the fall would take you past the large block that juts out at the base and another small boulder at the landing. it would not be a clean fall!

i did find a shallow, horizontal pocket where you could place a medium TCU to protect before you get to the first bolt. however, after that, if you peel before you clip the second bolt you will deck anyway. certainly a gut check route, however there are sparse but possible placements if you get creative with tiny gear.

very deserving of the "R" rating. Feb 19, 2013
Las Vegas, nv
Eric-D   Las Vegas, nv
Map to the Tuna and Chips wall for anyone who needs it.… Jul 31, 2011
"More bolts are needed" sounds like retrobolting advocacy to me. Maybe I'm sensitive about it after the Adventure Punks mess I've been cleaning up. I hear what you're saying, and agree with you that safety, sanity, some of those routes, and my own relevancy and/or literacy/sobriety/stick-like family tree may come into question. No problem with people being real about when things are runout, most of those routes are. Jun 29, 2011
More bolts are apparently needed by Markk. Those of us who are happy with the bolt counts as put up by the first ascentionists and who accept the challenges presented by these routes do not need more bolts. Perhaps what these climbs need is respect, not retrobolts. This is not a sport wall. This should not be a sport wall. This will not be a sport wall. We have those already. Enjoy the unique challenges that each route offers you, and you will grow and learn. There are a lot of different versions of "safety" and for most people climbing big rocks is not it. If you need a bolt every six feet to enjoy a climb, do everyone a favor and climb in places that have what you need. Retrobolting in Red Rock is not a long-term strategy. Respect the first ascentionists and the era these routes were put up in. Bolting the hell out of every easy climb possible simply leaves leaders high and dry later on when they get runout on classics out in the canyons where the nearest help is far, far away. Tuna and Chips is a good wall for solid leaders to experience a flavor altogether different from the Panty Wall, and that's a good thing. May 31, 2011
Brian Hench
Costa Mesa, CA
Brian Hench   Costa Mesa, CA
It would appear that most of the bolts here were placed on lead, so run outs are the norm. There are some routes that will really get your attention. Mar 16, 2009
On the far left hand side of the Tuna and Chips Wall on the upper tier there is a set of bolts and chains. One can easily descend from the Panty Wall down to the Tuna and Chips Wall via a single rappel from these chains.

Jason Apr 7, 2006

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