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Approach Pitch Left S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Approach Pitch Right S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Bear My Soul S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Behavior Issues S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Broad Border S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Cowboy Bebop S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Cowboy Curse S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Grizzly S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Hippie Vest S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
J Nasties T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Lunatic S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Open Project S 5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c
Outlier S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Semantics (AKA Some Antics) T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Soul to Bear S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Summer Session S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Summer Vacation S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Trust Issues S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Trust Me, I Lie S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Unknown Corner T,S 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a


An isolated, 200-foot wall on the back way to Turtlehead Peak, hiding in plain sight from the Kraft parking lot. The climbing is incredibly varied: steep varnish crimping, overhanging jugfests, technical slabs, even a couple crack pitches. These are all brand new routes, so care should be taken for now; the wall is still shedding a fair amount of rock. Helmets are probably a good idea. Gets afternoon shade, more of it in the winter.
RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Details

Getting There

The approach is not as complicated as it seems. Take the trail of the back of the Kraft parking toward Alternative Crag and the Ash Spring Boulders. At Ash Spring, cross the wash and take the trail to the east (right) of the wash. When this trail gets very close (a few feet) from the wash proper, cross the wash again and begin scrambling straight west, aiming for a 35-foot high huecoed blob of sandstone. Take the eastern path around this, onto a rib of stone, until you can cut up one more level on the left through a fifteen foot break, arriving under a large freestanding boulder. Continue up under this boulder along the slabs until you arrive at the base of the wall. 25-35 minutes.

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Nicholas Gillman
Las Vegas
Nicholas Gillman   Las Vegas
I added a high res topo split into two images. I tried to avoid breaking it up but I think it affords a level of detail in each that makes up for it. If MP ever bumps up its up-loadable file size I will revisit making it a single image. Aug 28, 2016
Harry Ronsman
Las Vegas, NV
Harry Ronsman   Las Vegas, NV
36.16188, -115.43512
Base of the wall Sep 7, 2014
Edward Pyune
Las Vegas, NV
Edward Pyune   Las Vegas, NV
A lot of the climbs looked pretty cool, but my partner and I retreated on a bunch because a lot of the rock seemed like it was going to fall apart. If you are going to come here, make sure to bring your helmets May 29, 2014
Stephane Fitch
Scottsdale, AZ
Stephane Fitch   Scottsdale, AZ
This is a super alternative for sport-climbers looking for a break from the crowd at Black Corridor. The longish approach should mean it'll stay quiet, I think. Thank you, Michael Kimm and Kentucky Pete for setting this area up. Lunatic was a highlight of my week at Red Rock. I gather there are plans to bolt more routes here, too. Nov 5, 2013
Xavier Wasiak
Las Vegas, NV
Xavier Wasiak   Las Vegas, NV
Cool crag Mike!!! if you make it out Wednesday, I"m buying you at least two beers! Oct 7, 2013
John Wilder
Las Vegas, NV
John Wilder   Las Vegas, NV
A fine crag with some excellent and ridiculously long routes. Take your 60m unless you want to get on Cowboy Bebop, then bring the 70m line. Well worth the hike- lots of options for everyone.

Most of the cliff was in the shade by 2p, with the shelf at the base and a bit of the cliff keeping warm until about 4. Apr 20, 2013
Thomas Beck
Las Vegas, Nevada
Thomas Beck   Las Vegas, Nevada
Did a recon hike and Saturday hiked along the upper trail; the approach up the slick-rock slabs was not bad.

Note the Fringe was in the sun till about 4PM on march 30th Apr 3, 2013
So, you can see The Fringe from the parking lot, it's a pretty obvious feature. Go to the end of the parking lot and hang a right on a narrow trail immediately as you hit the gravel road. Then take a left on a well traveled, wide trail. Stay on this trail (it heads directly towards the crag, bear right at any forks) until you reach the wash. Cross the wash and head up the ramp that leads up to the wall. Fun area, the only loose rock we found was on the pillar by Hippie Vest (don't touch that thing if you can help it... SCARY!). Dec 7, 2012
Nice crag! Thank you, Michael Kimm and Kentucky Pete for developing the area. The cairn and chalk arrow on the scramble were helpful, especially for our descent at dusk. Glad we ran into you guys yesterday :) Oct 22, 2012
Reno, NV
Krystine   Reno, NV
Cowboy Bebop...I love it & love the anime. :)

The approach really is "hidden in plain sight." From a general standpoint, think of the wall as being overall northwest from the Kraft parking lot. We found Eric-D's directions useful and easy. Pass the building foundation and hit the trail to the west. Take the trail until mouth of canyon. From here, you should see the wall clearly (it honestly stuck out like a sore thumb when it caught my eye when we were wayyy off-route to the east of the approach - look for the white washed-out rectangle/square wall and huecoed pockets.) Cross the wash and scramble to the ramp.

We thought Broad Border (5.7) was somewhat tricky to figure out exactly where to link with the route to the left, Behavior Issues. I ended up traversing to Behavior Issues quite weirdly. Just make sure you study the wall and bolts before you start.

Overall neat area and will be back next week! Jun 30, 2012
Las Vegas, nv
Eric-D   Las Vegas, nv
We picked up something that got left at the base of the routes. Send me a message and we'll get it back to you. Jun 28, 2012
Sam T.
Denver, CO
Sam T.   Denver, CO
Great area with some awesome routes! Definitely a little flakey still and a little easy for the grading (felt Hippy Vest in particular could be 5.8/5.7 compared to Colorado climbing) but COOL features. If it weren't 100 degrees out with no humidity and a smattering of cactus, I'd say I was in the Red standing under Lunatic. That is a sweet route. Good job Michael and thanks for sharing your projects with the rest of us! Jun 7, 2012
Las Vegas, nv
Eric-D   Las Vegas, nv
Alternate approach: head up the road west from the parking area, turn north past the building foundation. Cross the wash completely and turn west again. You should be above the wash. Take this trail until it ends at the base of north side of canyon mouth. Turn south and then head up the ramp to the base of the climb. Both ways get you there but staying above the wash is a little faster/easier. May 31, 2012
Michael Kimm
Las Vegas, NV
Michael Kimm   Las Vegas, NV
I finally buckled under the pressure; enough people kept pestering me, so I figured I'd put em all up there. Remember, I haven't finished cleaning them yet. There will be some chossy rock. Some footholds will no doubt break. But it's a cool place, and the people I've taken up there have loved it. Go and enjoy! May 17, 2012

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