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Sunny and Steep

Nevada > Southern Nevada > Red Rock > 01-Calico Basin > Kraft Mtn Area
Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. Details

Description

A popular and inviting sport crag home to about twenty routes ranging in grade from 5.10 to 5.12 and length from ~ 40' to 100'. As the name implies the crag receives sun from about mid morning till dusk and many of the routes are steep and thuggy. With an ample flat area below the cliff and bombproof glue-in bolts thanks to some of the same people who developed much of Rumney, many find Sunny and Steep an enjoyable destination away from the loop.

Getting There

There is currently construction on going in Calico Basin, park wherever you can. From Calico Basin there are two routes that lead to the crag: The hilly but shorter route takes a trail through the saddle just west of Kraft Mountain (the double peaked mountain north of Calico Basin). Pass behind the Yin Yang crack and continue on the main trail down (north) to the wash. Once in the wash walk downstream (east) until the crag is visible on your left (~5 minutes once you reach the wash). The Sunny and Steep crag has a large chimney separating two overhung walls, the right wall being higher. The other approach option is to hike northeast through the Kraft boulders (in between Kraft Mountain and Calico Basin) after passing the Monkey Bar Boulder (large overhung boulder on your right) bust up and left into the main wash, walk and occasionally scramble from here up the wash for ~20 minutes and the crag is on your right.

Routes from Left to Right

5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 33
Edward Silverhands
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 235
Claimjumpers Special
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 35
Black Happy
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 24
Blackened
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 220
Scorpions
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 77
Turtle Wax
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 163
Sunny and Steep
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 30
Tour de Pump
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 148
Sport Chimney
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 11
Slot Machine
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 124
Gimme Back My Bullets
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 196
Steep Thrills
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 2
Turbo Dog
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 17
Peak Performance
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 282
Mr Choad's Wild Ride
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 63
Cirque de Soleil
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 167
Working for Peanuts
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Edward Silverhands
 33
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Claimjumpers Special
 235
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Black Happy
 35
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Blackened
 24
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Scorpions
 220
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Turtle Wax
 77
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Sunny and Steep
 163
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Tour de Pump
 30
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Sport Chimney
 148
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Slot Machine
 11
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Gimme Back My Bullets
 124
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Steep Thrills
 196
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Turbo Dog
 2
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Peak Performance
 17
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Mr Choad's Wild Ride
 282
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Cirque de Soleil
 63
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Working for Peanuts
 167
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport

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Unknown climber at the Sunny & Steep Crag, Red Rocks
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Stellar climb
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Cool cactus gardens at the base of Sunny&Steep.
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Reid Arechiga having fun at Sunny&Steep
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Group at Sunny and Steep
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Steep Thrills at the Sunny and Steep Wall. December 2011.
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Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

Jan Tarculas
Riverside, Ca
[Hide Comment] "Getting there" information...My opinions...

I suggest taking the east approach. Even though it may take a bit longer, the west approach is a little hilly and becomes tiresome if carrying climbing gear, enough water and snacks for a full day of climbing at the crag (especially if its bright and sunny). East approach is mostly flat but with a bit of scrambling. It is also mostly shaded while the west approach gets direct sun until you reach the wash. Jan 22, 2011