Crimson Chrysalis or Armatron


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Daniel Rickert · · Dallas, TX · Joined Jan 2012 · Points: 160

Heading up to Red Rocks for the day this Saturday. Temps look a little warm, but reasonable. I was thinking about doing either Crimson Chrysalis or Armatron. Will Armatron be too hot? Is Crimson really that good? What about Frogland?

Need some locals help to figure out what to do.

This will be my third trip to Red Rocks. I have done Big Bad Wolf, Birdland, and Dark Shadows to the top. Any advice on the above routes or suggestions are much appreciated!

Climb on!

Daniel

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

Armatron will definitely be too warm unless you start pretty late, which I wouldn't recommend if youve only been here a few times. 

Crimson is fun. A bit of a novelty, and the hanging belays can suck. Saturday will likely be a junk show on it, but it's a cool summit and a neat line. 

Frogland is fun. Shorter than crimson, just as popular, but only one hanging belay. Will also be a junk show on Saturday. 

Austin Baird · · SLC, Utah · Joined Apr 2009 · Points: 95

It's cool to hate on CC, but I love it. Juggy, fun climbing straight up for 1000 feet with amazing views. The belays suck, but whatever. It's awesome.

Chuck Parks · · Atlanta, GA · Joined Jan 2008 · Points: 2,086

Do Crimson Chrysalis. Get there first.

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

you could try "hot flash" ......itll be in the shade!

Joe Prescott · · Fort Collins · Joined Apr 2013 · Points: 20

Walk up to Crimson but bring a standard trad rack. If Crimson is too busy, walk back down the ramp and do Ginger Cracks, which is a lot better than Crimson anyway. I find Crimson boring, uncomfortable belays, and annoying with lots of slow people on it and people rapping the same route.

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

Walk up to Crimson but bring a standard trad rack. If Crimson is too busy, walk back down the ramp and do Ginger Cracks, which is a lot better than Crimson anyway. I find Crimson boring, uncomfortable belays, and annoying with lots of slow people on it and people rapping the same route.

good advice as well

Daniel Rickert · · Dallas, TX · Joined Jan 2012 · Points: 160

Really appreciate all of the advice guys! Red Rocks is one of my favorite places to climb. Can't wait to get after it

Andrew Yasso · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Sep 2012 · Points: 215

I've found this place to be incredibly quiet so far this season. I probably shouldn't say something to change that, but still. 

Josh Janes · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2001 · Points: 8,433
Andrew Yasso wrote:

I've found this place to be incredibly quiet so far this season. I probably shouldn't say something to change that, but still. 

Quiet... except for Foust shouting belay commands from Cat in the Hat all day long that is!

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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