South Fork - Oak Creek Rock Climbing
Areas in South Fork - Oak Creek
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DescriptionThis is a huge area with very few recorded routes. Long, tricky approaches and convoluted topography help to keep the crowds elsewhere. On the other hand, if you have a taste for seclusion, adventure, and exploration, this area would be worth a look.
The main terrain features are a series of complex buttresses and ridges strung out along the northern side of Mount Wilson. On their eastern edge these border on the Cactus Flower Tower, and a scramble up the Tower's west ridge can provide the overview to help make sense of the rugged country.
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 ThereWalk in on the Oak Creek Trail. Pass beneath Solar Slab and continue in the streambed for a few hundred yards to the obvious fork. Go left up the south fork. After a short distance the streambed branches in several directions. If you stay all the way to the left, a slabby canyon leads steeply east (back toward the road) between Cactus Flower Tower and the main mass of Mount Wilson. This is the start of the approach for Line of Addiction. Other branches go west.
Classic Climbing Routes at South Fork - Oak Creek
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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