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|Type:||Trad, 1300 ft, 12 pitches, Grade IV|
|FA:||Scott Woodruff, Joe Herbst, Larry Hamilton, 1977|
|Page Views:||1,342 total · 8/month|
|Shared By:||George Bell on Mar 4, 2004|
|Admins:||Larry DeAngelo, Justin Johnsen|
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
DescriptionThis route was recommended in the old Urioste guide--in 1987 for this reason we elected to climb it instead of Crimson Chrysalis. The problem is that the rock is poor on the crux pitch, making for a freaky pitch. After that the climb is easier, but much bushwhacking and crumbly rock will be found. There are no fixed anchors on this route.
From the parking lot a prominent white tower can be seen on the right side of Mescalito (called Perception Tower). This tower appears in the photo below, it's top is white and in the sun. The route follows cracks that form the left side of this tower. The crux (3rd?) pitch involves white rock, an old bolt, flexy flakes and questionable pro. About 6-8 pitches to the top of Perception Tower. From here find a way through the bushes and ledges to the top of Mescalito (3-4 more pitches). Scramble NW (with a few rappels) back down into Pine Creek (1-2 hours).