Options in case of red rock rain


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oakwood-jones · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 0

We'll be in Vegas Monday-Wednesday. The 9th-11th. As of right now it's looking like rain on Monday, which is my understanding that that has the potential to shut us down all the way through Wednesday..? Flight/hotel/car are booked. As committed as we are, we won't climb the sandstone if it's not dry.

That being said we're not trying to fly all that way to climb in the gym. So, best/any limestone/granite options preferably within a closer driving distance than Joshua Tree?

grog m aka Greg McKee · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2012 · Points: 70

Mt. Charleston. Probably cold as game of thrones right now.

St. George is about two hours away. Usually has different weather than Las Vegas. Also has some granite.

Could go skiing at Brian Head resort.

John Wilder · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Feb 2004 · Points: 1,530

Depending on your climbing levels....

Mt Potosi, Clear Light (4wd req'd) 30 mins- a few 5.10s and 5.11s, but really its 5.12+ and up there.

Limestone in Southern Utah/Northern Arizona- about an hour away. The Limestone Bible is the guidebook for this area and is available online and at DRS.

Local Limestone (30 mins)- Gun Club, Lone Mountain, etc. Okay, sharp-ish.

Keyhole Canyon (1 hour south of Vegas proper)- Granite climbing, super old school stuff.

Prison Gate Bouldering (45 mins south of Vegas)- volcanic boulders.

JTree is only 2.5-3hrs away, not too far, really.

Alabama Hills is 3 hours.

Bishop is 3.5hrs away.

Lots of options, just gotta get up early!

oakwood-jones · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 0

John, thank you! You have been immensely helpful on this post and my last regarding the area. Should be more than enough info to begin further research.

Might not be the dream Red Rock trip we had in mind, but hopefully we can still find something fun to climb!

C. Williams · · the Climber Cave · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 1,039

Been rained out of Red Rock on a few trips. The bolt clipping outside of Mesquite (The Grail?) is really good. Plenty to keep you occupied for a couple of days.

Chris Massey · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2012 · Points: 5

Lime Kiln Canyon is the limestone crag near Mesquite. You can pick up book at Desert Rock in Vegas.

Mike T · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Feb 2010 · Points: 95

If you're into peak bagging... check out, Las Vegas Rambles & Scrambles, by Courtney Purcell. It has lots of routes with class 5 climbing, and many are as close to Vegas as Red Rocks is.

BigB · · Red Rock, NV · Joined Feb 2015 · Points: 340

Rained/drizzled all day in RR yesterday

Dave Livingston · · BISHOP · Joined Mar 2015 · Points: 13
Allen Sanderson · · Oootah · Joined Jul 2007 · Points: 1,135

The storm moving through the west starting this weekend is a warm wet storm. You are better off going south like to JT than north or west.

SLippy · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2013 · Points: 10

Anyone with experience reading the forecast have a opinion about how climbable red rocks will be this weekend (Jan 13-16)?

CamK89 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 0

Was just down there and got rained out also. +1 for j-tree

Thomas Beck · · Las Vegas, Nevada · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 1,040

Overcast with spotty drizzle and humid over the weekend. Rain and drizzle this morning. Snow predicted for Thursday and Friday 1/12 and 1/13
WunderMap shows several fronts approaching.

Another area is New Jack City between Barstow and Apple Valley.
Alabama Hills by Bishop is likely cold; maybe snow. Raining there today and tomorrow.

JSH · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2007 · Points: 960

I added this thread to the sticky.

Kyle Butcher · · Athens, GA · Joined Apr 2015 · Points: 0

Does anyone know if it even rained over RRC last night? We stayed in Vegas and didn't see squat.

Trying to see if it would be worth it to climb, and if not, hike.

Leslie McG · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2012 · Points: 410
Kyle Butcher wrote:Does anyone know if it even rained over RRC last night? We stayed in Vegas and didn't see squat. Trying to see if it would be worth it to climb, and if not, hike.
It rained in Summerlin this morning so I would assume that RR got the same.
Brian · · North Kingstown, RI · Joined Sep 2001 · Points: 650

If you are only waiting out a day then there is a limestone crag called Urban Crag on Lone Mountain right in Sumerlin off of the Cheyenne exit of RT 215. It is sharp chossy limestone but fun enough to amuse you for a day.
https://www.mountainproject.com/v/lone-mountain/105852099

BigB · · Red Rock, NV · Joined Feb 2015 · Points: 340

Heard a rumor that more key holds were broken on "big bad wolf "over the weekend by a group climbing too soon after the rain

oakwood-jones · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 0

Well, we got into Vegas today. Straightlined to Red Rocks and paid the $7 entry. Had to check it out. Def wet. Soil moist, small sporadic pools of standing water. Fingers crossed that it will dry out in the next day or two.

Spent the day at Gun Club instead. Climbed most of the routes on the north side. Fun day!

Thomas Beck · · Las Vegas, Nevada · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 1,040

There's a crag called the Rodeo Wall. Developed mostly by Gary Fike. Routes from 5.9 to 10c or d; all bolted 60 m rope. No info on Mountain Project. To get there drive out west on Cheyenne to Cliff Shadows Parkway and park at the Equestrian Center.

Cross the water retention and hike out the northern dirt tracks west and then north. Crag faces SE about 1.25 miles from the parking. Limestone is not very sharp. Some routes are protected from rain. I've climbed there when it's snowing.

Higher up the escarpment is an overhanging wall faces NE. Brian McCray has some harder routes in that area

Mike T · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Feb 2010 · Points: 95
Thomas Beck wrote:Higher up the escarpment is an overhanging wall faces NE. Brian McCray has some harder routes in that area
Any more info on this? Is this it?

Tall, steep wall somewhere below Summerlin Peak.
Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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