Elevation: 3,949 ft
GPS: 36.146, -115.426 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 11,457 total · 65/month
Shared By: Cunning Linguist on Mar 2, 2007 · Updates
Admins: Larry DeAngelo, Aaron Mc, Justin Johnsen
Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. Details

Description

Shady fun climbs that often get overlooked; a nice warmup spot for Velvet Elvis, Cactus Massacre, Universal City, etc. Now that Civilization Crags is in place, this will be the spot to push the grades a little after climbing a lot of soft, easy tens. These routes are well worth the time. Every route is fun and worth doing on a hot day. The bottom part of the cliff stays in the shade so even on hot days the belays are pretty cool.

Getting There

Located up and left of Civilization Crags. From parking, head straight down and hang a right down staircase-ish worn trail past Circus Wall (big arch) into the wash. Take the left corridor (narrow) through a shoulder-width slot to an easy scramble as it opens up. Shortly past this, scramble up and left through slight brush to obtain a wide ledge and path that leads eastward. Easy going and using the photo reference in the guidebook will have you there quickly. Approach the wall on its left side, scrabling up and then down into the Hole.

For the 5 routes in the upper section: Approach the upper routes by going to Civilization and continuing through the corridor on the left side of Civilization (like you are heading to Dante's).  After exiting the upper part of that corridor (immediately after squeezing past the big rock), you'll walk down for about 50 feet and take the second gully (the first is really narrow) on your left.  Go up this gully for 50 feet and turn left.  Walk straight for 75 feet and you'll be at the Black Hole (and immediately above Civilization Crag).  This is far easier than approaching from the left or scrambling up the slab by the 5.7 at Civ.  This takes about 2 minutes from Civ.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Black Hole

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 8
Epic Curious
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 9
Is this now?
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 7
Wash Away the Rain
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 7
Strangers to Ourselves
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 10
Bottomless Pit
Trad
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 8
The End
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Epic Curious
 8
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Is this now?
 9
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Wash Away the Rain
 7
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Strangers to Ourselves
 7
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Bottomless Pit
 10
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
The End
 8
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
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