Challenger Wall Rock Climbing
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DescriptionChallenger Wall is located in the South Fork of Pine Creek. It is North facing and gets shade all day. It Also gets pretty windy so bring some warm clothes for the belays in the colder months. You are pretty much guarenteed not to see any other parties on the wall but who knows with the new guide books'intrigueing photos and excellent route descriptions.
The routes on this wall were put up in the purest of style in the year of 1986 by hardmen such as Van Betten, Smith, Crawford, Nordblom, and Mamusia, so you can expect the grades to be right on. All were done ground up and with as little bolts and fixed anchors as possible. Bitty cams and rp's are nice for this wall.
Anyhow the rock is bomber and has great friction for the most part. Really comparible to that of the Texas Wall in Velvet. Although most of the routes now have bolted anchors, it's a good idea to bring some leaver sling, biners, and stoppers with you.
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 ThereTake the Pine Creek Trail Head all the way till it forks to go to Dark Shadows or Cat in the Hat. Take the South (Left) Fork towards Cat in the Hat. Once you have the option to head up towards Cat in the Hat drop in the wash towards a cairn and follow it for about fifteen minutes.
You will pass some beutiful pools and hop some boulders for a while until you see a dark brown wall on your left. A huge left facing corner system will stand out among all of the features. This is the lin of Adventure Punks. Once you see this feature keep your eyes out for some cairns because they will lead you directly to this route.
Once you get beneath Adventure Punks, keep close to the wall and head climbers left toward the parking area. You will eventually see another huge left facing corner system which is the line of X-15. This is the first route on Challenger Wall.
Classic Climbing Routes at Challenger Wall
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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