Basin Wall Rock Climbing
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|Shared By:||Karsten Duncan on Apr 28, 2008|
|Admins:||Larry DeAngelo, Justin Johnsen|
DescriptionThe Basin Wall lies high up on Mt Wilson's east face. It faces east and sits to the south and recessed back from the Horseshoe Wall. The rock, like much of Wilson, varies considerably but for the most part is solid and is notably better than the poor rock typical at the top of the Wilson formation. The wall was originally named in the Red Urioste Guide but was not listed as having any ascents.
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 ThereApproach: 2-3 hours
I prefer parking & starting at the First Creek trailhead as I use the first creek descent from the top of Wilson. Any of the standard pullouts on route 159 will work however. You can approach using one of two gullies leading up on the south end of the east face of Wilson. Both can be found in Handrens Guide on page 92 as the approaches for the Blue Diamond Ridge.
Option 1: The north gulley option is described in the Handren guide as the approach for Blue Diamond Ridge. You would just continue up the gulley past the start of the BD ridge and generally stay on the right side until reaching the main bushy ledge below the Basin Wall.
Option 2: For the South gulley option you begin as the approach for the Mass Extinction Crag in the Handren Guide. Continue up the gulley to the right of Mass Extinction. Cut right (north) out of the gulley just before a deep, dark, chimney. Climb a few hundred feet up 4th and easy 5th class climbing that connects back into the gulley above the chimney. Continue through a large dark passage and up to a saddle on the right. Drop down (northwest) and traverse straight across and then up to the Basin Wall. Gain the main ledge below the wall on the right.
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