South Ridge Rock Climbing
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DescriptionThe south ridge of the Calico Hills runs SE to NW. It has several summits, all about the same elevation 4320ft (1315m).
Courtney Purcell's 2015 print guidebook focuses on bagging one of the middle summits (not sure if it's the highest), and suggests going up either ...
the NorthWest ridge (? perhaps starting from the Pass ?) or ...
the East face (? perhaps starting up from somewhere around Red Springs parking ?).
Branch Whitney's 2015 print guidebook suggests a scrambling traverse from SE to NW which avoids the most difficult sections by going off the ridge at several points.
- - > See the route South Calico Traverse
The other strategy is to attempt to traverse staying as close to the crest of the ridge as possible -- and find the most interesting climbing sections, and touch as many of its summits as possible.
- - > See the route South Calico Ridge
Link-Up? Either of these routes could be followed by climbing the (more difficult) "South gully + ridge" route of Red Book Point, or even a complete traverse of the Red Book Ridge (by then descending the "North gully + ridge" route to the Middle Pass).
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 There- - > "sr" on the map.
Which trailhead depends on which objective in this area. See list of parking areas on the Area description for Calico Peaks
To approach from the east side it makes sense to use the Red Springs parking.
To approach from the west side either the 1st Pull-out or 2nd Pull-out on the Scenic Loop road.
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