Gnat Man Crag Rock Climbing
|GPS:||36.152, -115.429 Google Map · Climbing Area Map|
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|Shared By:||Randy Carmichael on Nov 8, 2004|
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DescriptionGood moderate one pitch crack climbs, and two classic 5.10/5.11 bolted climbs.
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 ThereThe base of Gnat Man Crag is 25 feet right and 100 feet up from Dickies Cliff. From the base of Dickies Cliff walk west up the narrow bushy gully for 25 feet. Then, carefully 4th class up the wall on your left/south for 50 feet to a rocky/bushy terrace. Gnat Man Crag can be identified by its dihedral type cracks with blackish rock on the bottom, and bright white rock on the top.
From the Red Spring parking lot: hike north west up a hill on an obvious trail towards Cannibal Crag, stay on the trail hiking up the flat valley, head towards the deep red colored rock and the keyhole at the top of the ridge. Dickies Cliff is the last pink colored rock formation with brown varnish patches sitting on the south side of the trail at valley level before the deep red colored rocks take over the landscape. There is a Forest Service wood marker with a "7" in front of Dickies Cliff. If you start hiking up steeper terrain towards the keyhole, you have gone too far. The total distance from the Red Spring parking lot is about 1/2 mile (20 minutes). Dickies Cliff can also be identified by a flat bench that runs along its base.
Classic Climbing Routes at Gnat Man Crag
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