Sonic Youth Cliff Rock Climbing
Routes in Sonic Youth Cliff
|Agent Orange S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b|
|Black Flag S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a|
|Crankenstein T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b|
|Everybodys Slave S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a|
|Fearless Freaks S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a|
|GBH S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a|
|Hooligans S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13|
|Loki S 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a|
|Slam Dancin' With The Amish T,S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13|
|Sonic Youth S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a|
|Unknown Pile S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c|
|GPS:||36.166, -115.453 Google Map · Climbing Map|
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|Shared By:||Tony B on Apr 7, 2006|
|Admins:||Larry DeAngelo, Justin Johnsen|
DescriptionThe Sonic Youth Cliff is a NE facing cliff that is within perhaps 10 minutes walk of the Sandstone Quarry Parking lot. The cliff contains several lines, both trad and sport, primarily 5.11 and harder, though there are a few exceptions.
The cliff is just far enough from the lot to escape the crowds of non-climbers, but as for how many climbers may be there, I have no guess. I was there on a bad-weather day.
The rock is fairly typical of the Red Rocks lighter colored stone, with the exception of a few routes that are in solution-pocketed water streaks.
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 at the main lot for Sandstone quarry and head off north on the main trail until it becomes obvious to gain a trail to the west going up a hill to gain the ridge below Sonic Youth. From there, follow the ridge further N/NW to arrive at the base of the crag near your intended climb.
Classic Climbing Routes at Sonic Youth Cliff
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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