Elevation: 6,600 ft
GPS: 38.846, -104.882 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Anna Moore on Jul 15, 2006
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Access Issue: Reopened after flood damage! Details

Description

The Whale is the long, humped fin on the west side of Red Rock Canyon between upper lake and the north side of the Quarry.

The trail from the south end (Quarry Wall) meets the crag just north of Big E.

This crag faces East, so it drops into the shade by 3pm or so.

Getting There

Two trails access the wall. The first takes off from the west canyon trail and climbs to a notch with steps and a dirt bank and then up left and back right through scrub oak to the northern part of the face. The rail reaches the face just south of Aphrodite. The second ascends a bushy ramp system left (south) of Solar Slab to the right of Never Ever Slab, walk left along the top of the slab to reach the cliff-base trail. A path along the cliff base connects the two trails. Avoid bushwhacking and scrambling off the trails, so new social trails or not created. Also, watch for poison ivy. (All information is from Red Rock Canyon Open Space book by Stewart M. Green.)

L->R:

Never Ever Slab (down and left of the bulk of The Whale)
A. Happy Ending (formerly Top-Rope), 9, 1p, 70', bolts.
B-C. The Never Ever Slab, 0-4, 1p, 90', TR.

The Whale
D. Dreamtime, 6, 1p, 50', bolts.
ED. Aborigine, 7, 1p, 55', bolts.

F. Honeymoon Down Under, 7+ PG-13, 1p, 85', bolts.
G. Undulating Dingo, 8, 1p, 80', bolts.
H. Arapiles, 9 or 10, 1p, 80', bolts.
I. Big E, 5 PG-13, 1p, 80', bolts.
JI. Bound in Blood, 8, 1p, 80', bolts.
K. The Good Stuff, 7, 1p, bolts.
L. Esse Curve, 7, 1p, bolts.

M. Route to the left of The Thin Line, 10-, 1p, 65', bolts.
N. The Thin Line, 9, 1p, 60', bolts.
O. The Plunge, 10-, 1p, 70', bolts.
P. Just Happens, 9-, 1p, 60', bolts.
Q. Virgin Bolters, 9-, 1p, 70', bolts.

R. Tempest Toast, 7, 1p, 110', bolts.
S. Whale Rider, 6, 1p, 110', bolts.
T. Finnacle, 8-, 1p, 80', bolts.
U. The Captain, 9-, 1p, 75', bolts.
V. First Mate, 9, 1p, 50', bolts.

W? Gomers in Blue Shirts, 10-, 1p, 85', bolts.

X. Aphrodite, 9, 1p, 100', bolts.
Y. Arnold's Demise, 10, 1p, 105', bolts.
Z. Among the Stars, 10-, 1p, 110', bolts.
AA. Mister MIA, 9+, 1p, 100', bolts.
BBAA. Blow Tube Envy, 7+ PG-13, 1p, 105', bolts & gear.
BB1. HMS, 9+, 1p, 100', bolts.
BB2. Red Venus, 6 PG-13, 1p, 100', bolts.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Whale

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 48
Tempest Toast
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 49
Aborigine
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 54
Whale Rider
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 41
Esse Curve
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 49
The Good Stuff
Sport
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 49
Blow Tube Envy
Sport
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 37
Undulating Dingo
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 55
Finnacle
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 53
Bound in Blood
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 50
The Captain
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 26
Just Happens
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 51
Aphrodite
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 49
Mister MIA
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 49
Among the Stars
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 33
Gomers in Blue Shirts
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Tempest Toast
 48
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Aborigine
 49
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Whale Rider
 54
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Esse Curve
 41
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
The Good Stuff
 49
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Blow Tube Envy
 49
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Undulating Dingo
 37
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Sport
Finnacle
 55
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Bound in Blood
 53
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
The Captain
 50
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Just Happens
 26
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Aphrodite
 51
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Mister MIA
 49
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Among the Stars
 49
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Gomers in Blue Shirts
 33
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
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