Mother's Crag Rock Climbing
|GPS:||36.163, -115.504 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Shared By:||Jon O'Brien on Oct 18, 2011|
|Admins:||Larry DeAngelo, Justin Johnsen|
Do it for your Mama!
The Mother's Crag. Installed on mother's day, 2011 by jon o'brien and mike trono when they probably should have been hanging with their mothers. I suppose naming a cliff after them is the next best thing!
This cliff is a fantastic gem hidden in plain sight a few hundred yards past the children's crag in willow springs. If you enjoy routes like "peaches" or "tonto" i believe that the classics of the mother's crag are just as great. The crag reminds me of home (the gunks) in that the quality and excitement of the climbing are high despite the difficulty being low. This crag has easy roadside access with morning sun and afternoon shade. It shares the same orientation as the Children's Crag and Ragged Edges. It is fairly secluded despite its easy access and the rock quality is superb.
NOTE: all routes rappel from the tree above motorcycle mama with one 60 meter rope. i did not see an easy way to gain the top of this crag (besides leading the climbs;)
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 ThereDrive up the road a bit towards Karate Crack leaving the pavement behind you. When you reach an informational sign on your left you should be able to see the mother's crag. "Motorcycle Mama" is very easy to spot as a large, low-angled, left-facing corner.
Park at any of the various pull-outs along the gravel road. I like one in particular that pretty much faces the cliff, i included a photo from this spot. it is easy to find parking.
Classic Climbing Routes at Mother's Crag
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
Days w Precip
Prime Climbing Season