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Gemstone Gully

Nevada > Southern Nevada > Red Rock > 10-Pine Creek Canyon
Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. Details

Description

The Gemstone Gully is a promnient gully located on the east face of Bridge Mountain. The name Gemstone is a play on words, Jen Stone was involved in the first Ascent of the Gemstone route. The Gemstone Gully house's at least 2 quality routes; Fear and Loathing and Gemstone.

Getting There

The approach for Gemstone Gully actually goes up a Spur ridge and then a side gully to the North. It involves some scranbling and some Bushwacking. Once you reach the notch between the approach gully and the Gemstone gully proper; you will go up or down Gemstone gully to get to the individual routes. See the pictures for more info on the approach.
Two options exsist to descend from the upper reachs of the Gemstone Gully. Option #1 is to retrace your approach. Option #2 is to descend the Gemstone Gully. To descend the Gemstone Gully scramble down and do several rappells from trees. The longest of which currently requires 2 ropes, but could be done with a single 70M and not to much trickery. The long rappell is off a tree on the left(climbers) side of the large dry water fall in the middle of the gully. It is slightly exposed getting to the tree.

Routes from Left to Right

5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 17
Fear and Loathing
Trad 3 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 4
Gemstone
Trad 2 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
 1
Tri-Burro Bridge
Trad 5 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 2
Blue Feathers
Trad 3 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Fear and Loathing
 17
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 3 pitches
Gemstone
 4
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Tri-Burro Bridge
 1
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad 5 pitches
Blue Feathers
 2
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 3 pitches

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Redline shows the approach up the Spur Ridge then traverse over to the approach gully.<br>
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Photo by Josh Thompson
[Hide Photo] Redline shows the approach up the Spur Ridge then traverse over to the approach gully. Photo by Josh Thompson
The long Rappel descend teh Gemstone gully.
[Hide Photo] The long Rappel descend teh Gemstone gully.
The Varnished wall on the left holds the route Gemstone.
[Hide Photo] The Varnished wall on the left holds the route Gemstone.
The Approach gully
[Hide Photo] The Approach gully
Redline shows the approach up the Spur Ridge then traverse over to the approach gully.
[Hide Photo] Redline shows the approach up the Spur Ridge then traverse over to the approach gully.
Redline shows the Gemstone Gully.
[Hide Photo] Redline shows the Gemstone Gully.

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Some notes on approaching (and de-proaching) Fear and Loathing and Gemstone:

Josh Thompson has posted a good photo of the approach gully on the Fear and Loathing route page. Note that to access the approach gully, one must climb up the main wash past it slightly, then traverse back left across some ribs of pink rock to get into the bottom of the approach gully as pictured. This is usually well-cairned.

Once at the notch that is the approach gully-Gemstone Gully saddle, you can either descend down (through a cool varnished corridor) to Gemstone, or traverse and ascend to the start of Fear and Loathing. If you are only doing Fear and Loathing, I recommend exiting the way you came. If you decide to do Gemstone afterwards, consider exiting the way you came but, alternatively, you can descend via the Gemstone Gully. Doing so involves some scrambling, a couple raps, and a touch of bushwhacking: Initially you will follow the center of the gully until becoming cliffed-out at a dry pour-over. A 35 meter rappel from a small pine tree on the (skier's) right side of the cliff (use care reaching this tree) will get you to a ledge, and then another short rap off a scrub oak will get you to the bottom of the cliff. More scrambling, a touch of bushwhacking, and 2 more short rappels will deposit you at the bottom of the Gemstone Gully. Dec 6, 2016