The Hamlet Rock Climbing
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DescriptionWilliam Shakespeare wrote a play filled with some of the best potential route names of perhaps any work written in the English language. One of the crags in Red Rock Canyon has taken advantage of this literary gift, The Hamlet.
The Hamlet is a great wall with a variety of moderate routes that range from 5.5 to 5.10 and has become a First Pullout staple. The wall is comprised of two tiers. The upper tier is where you will find the sport climbing. Three of these routes start in a shaded slot canyon that is usually cool year round. The majority of the toprope lines are on the lower tier and are serviced by three sets of glue-in anchors. The rock is fairly well traveled and has shed most of its loose and questionable holds over the years. A great spot for new climbers and intermediate leaders.
The Hamlet and The J Wall :
The J Wall is a collection of three sport routes directly to the left of the Hamlet top rope area. Confusion by visiting climbers has led to these routes sometimes being mistaken for the sport routes on the upper section of the Hamlet. Which is an unfortunate happenstance as the grades on the J Wall are significantly higher than those of the Hamlet. For additional information on their exact location and grades you can reference the Hamlets topo or the J Wall page here on MP.
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 ThereFor those familiar with the area
Approach as per the Panty Wall OR Ultraman Wall , The Hamlet sits directly between these two crags. Its most notable feature is a giant incut arch with a blank face on the left side of the upper wall.
For those unfamiliar with the area
You will head downhill from the first pullout parking lot. Make a left at the fork (Defined by a trail marker), continuing downhill. At a small wash the trail breaks hard left, winding through the slope coming down from the road.... as well as trending right and uphill. YOU will trend right here going back uphill through braided trails with a large tiger striped rock formation on your right (The Tiger Stripe Wall).
At the top of this hill you will find your self on a much more defined ridge trail with a good size gully/wash on your right you will follow this trail until you crest at a high point.
From here you should be able to see the unmistakable incut arch on the left of the Hamlets upper portion as well and the mostly varnished bulge that makes up the lower Hamlet out to your right. The most direct path will be down through the vegetated wash in front of you. This will take you past the WAG bag holder placed by the Southern Nevada Climbers Coalition. Continuing up and out past it will bring you to the base of the hamlet. There are obvious variations to this portion of the approach depending on your scrambling ability or if you should concede to walk the long way around some formations. However at this point the wall is always visible , so as long as you are moving toward it you should be fine. (15-20min total)
Classic Climbing Routes at The Hamlet
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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