Area 51 Rock Climbing
|GPS:||40.186, -105.333 Google Map · Climbing Area Map|
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|Shared By:||Tony B on Apr 6, 2009|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionA large crag in the lower SSV with some multi-pitch climbing on what is genreally good hard stone. The main routes get only late day sun. On summer mornings it is crisp and cool, but being lower in the canyon, it will hold snow only in the early season. The crag is still fairly obscure and should not be crowded. As such, you will probably be alone with a dozed routes rated 5.8 to 5.12a, about half of which are multi-pitch, and most of which have second-pitch options to top out on this 200' crag. If you find yourself with unwanted company, a few hundred yards of walking to Desdimona will give you privacy and another 6 routes, from 5.3 to 5.11a to climb.
Take a rack from RPs to a #4 Camalot, as several routes here have the occasional wide spot. It might come as comfort to some that most of the hard cimbing (cruxes) are face moves and thus bolt-protected.
Getting ThereDrive up canyon for 4 minutes to what would be mile 29.2 for the road signs and park on one of the pullouts on either side of the road. Hike up the pant legs, put on the sandals, and walk across a shallow area of stream. Alternatively, pick & hop your way across on rocks if the water is low enough.
A vague trail is marked down low by some cairns, but fades to mixed game trails on the way up the hill... but the land contour and destination are pretty obvious and would be hard to miss. The approach has some steep sections, but is not bad at all, and should take 15-20 minutes.
Classic Climbing Routes at Area 51
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