Gateway Crag Rock Climbing
|GPS:||36.166, -115.419 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Shared By:||Andy Hansen on Feb 12, 2012|
|Admins:||Larry DeAngelo, Justin Johnsen|
DescriptionGateway Crag is situated partway up along the north side of Kraft Mountain. A traditional crag oriented around crack climbing. This crag is a good location if you're looking to try some harder cracks and/or not go sport climbing at Sunny & Steep. For a good day out do the 3 popular routes at Winter Heat and then cut over to this crag and do these two. The crag faces northeast and doesn't get much sun.
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 ThereThis crag can be approached from either west or east via Gateway Canyon.
From the west: From the Kraft parking lot head northwest towards Yin & Yang. Pass Yin & Yang and drop down into the wash and follow the wash past Sunny & Steep, Winter Heat, etc. Boulder hop until you've almost reached Cannabis Crag. Look up and you'll be able to identify a very prominent roof. Follow cairns up the mountain until you're directly below the roof.
From the east: From the Kraft parking lot head east towards the Monkey Bar boulder. Pass the Monkey Bar boulder and drop into Gateway canyon. Follow the wash until just past Cannabis crag. From here look to the south (up the mountain) and you should be able to identify the prominent roof. Follow cairns and a rough trail to the base of the roof.
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