Straight Shooter Wall Rock Climbing
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DescriptionThe Straight Shooter Wall is a relatively short crag for Red Rocks and while it shares geology and Geography with its nearby twin, the Brass Wall, is has routes of a different character. Like it's neighbor, it is clearly not the Red Rocks classic canyon wall nor the classic Red Rocks sport crag with the wild red overhangs. It is however, a nice crag with a day or half-day's worth of 5.11 mixed or bolted climbs and worth a visit if in the area.
The Straight Shooter gets good daytime sun in the winter, and like the Brass Wall, the dark hard patina over the smooth rock gives it a bright glare in the strong light, and also forms the crags character: smooth, solid, and pleasant overall, though slick in spots. The lines here are varied with a few cracks and faces or both primarily in the easy 5.11 range.
Once here, the nearby Brass Wall offers a few sunnier route opportunities with mostly easy to moderate grades. If you find yourself seeking sun, the Beer and Ice Gully is your place to go, with routes from 5.10 to 5.13-(trad!).
RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Details
Holds rip off and climbs have been and will continue to be permanently damaged due to climbers not respecting this phenomenon. After a heavy storm the rock will remain wet, sometimes for several days. PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB IN RED ROCKS during or after rain. A good rule of thumb is that if the ground near your climb is at all damp (and not powdery dry sand), then do not climb. There are many alternatives (limestone, granite, basalt, and plastic) nearby. ***** HUMAN WASTE ***** Human waste is one of the major issues plaguing Red Rocks. The Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council identified this problem years ago and has worked to provide "wag bags" free of charge in several locations (Black Velvet, First Pullout, Kraft Mtn/Bouldering, The Gallery, and The Black Corridor). These bags are designed so that you can pack your waste out - consider bringing one to be part of your kit (just like your rope and shoes and lunch) no matter where you go. Once used, please dispose of them properly (do not throw them in the toilets at the parking areas). This project was funded primarily by the American Alpine Club
Getting TherePark as for Pine Creek Canyon and approach initially as for the Mescalito's 'dark side.' After spotting the Beer And Ice Gully, head in. To the left of this gully is the Brass Wall, and to the right is Straight Shooter Wall. This means to watch the huge gully above dirty and broken red cliff band. Head toward this on a maze of ambiguous trails to reach the edge of the soft red cliff band. This dirt-piled mess can be soloed over, but that is dicey.
Instead of battling through the red band, skirt its right-hand edge and then make your way back up the hill to the base of the Straight Shooter wall. The climbs Straight Shooter and Forget Me Knot should be visible as you approach.
Classic Climbing Routes at Straight Shooter Wall
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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