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|Type:||Trad, Sport, 700 ft, 9 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||Jorge and Joanne Urioste/FFA:John Long, Lynn Hill & Joanne Urioste|
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|Shared By:||justin dubois on Feb 13, 2003|
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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 is considered by many to be the BEST route at Red Rocks. Lynn Hill calls it her favorite route of all time, hard to believe it's better than the free Nose, but to each her own.
It is located up on the Eagle wall, high above Oak Creek Canyon. The approach follows the creek bed to the back of this canyon then turns right and up a steep but walkable slab/ramp to the base of the Eagle Wall. Allow 1-3 hrs for the hike in. The route can be identified by locating the Eagle made of varnished rock, flying west about 1/4 up the wall. Levitation climbs through the tail of this big birdie. Another landmark is the crux headwall on pitch 5, with what appears to be a splitter crack in it. Aim for this.
Pitch 1:locate a nicely varnished and smooth corner system with about 4 bolts near the right side of the Eagle Wall. Climb this awesome pitch to a bolt anchor 100' 5.10
Pitch 2: step right from the belay and gain an open corner. Head up steep but juggy flakes, clipping bolts where gear would work. Aim for the big roof above. Make incredibly fun and exciting moves out this roof with bolts well above your head the whole way, to another bolted anchor. I was tempted to skip some clips exiting the roof as they are 2 ft apart, but clipping them for your 2nd is a nice gesture. 90' 5.11
Pitch 3: Follow a left-trending crack system till it ends, then face climb back right towards a left facing corner. climb up this corner to yet another bolted anchor. there is more gear on this pitch than it looks from below. 100' 5.8
Ptch 4: Climb a line of bolts straight up from the belay passing an awkward bulge, into a crack system. follow this to the base of the headwall with a crack in it. 110' 5.10
Pitch 5: The business. Head up the steep CRACK, with lots of BOLTS next to it. A great exposed pitch. The crux is about 20 ft off the belay, where fist jams and hand jams and finger locks gain a shallow dihedral. fight the pump and it's on to another bolted stance. 90' 5.11 13 bolts.
Pitch 6: Continue with the same crack system but at a less extreme angle to....you guessed it a bolted anchor. 5.10 80'
Pitch 7:Follow a left facing corner to some pumpy liebacking around a bulge. 90'5.10
From here most people rap with two ropes. there are two more pitches, I have not done them or seen them, they are 5.9 and 5.8. You can walk off from th top of the wall, but rapping is casual. I don't know the details of the walk off.