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The Graduate

5.10b, Trad, 80 ft (24 m),  Avg: 3.5 from 52 votes
FA: Randal Grandstaff, Jon Martinet, Scott Gordon, 1975
Nevada > Southern Nevada > Red Rock > 07-Willow Spring > Graduate Cliff
Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. Details


Sitting just above Ragged Edges, the Graduate is probably the second most obvious climb in the area. A huge right facing corner with a beautiful streaked slab to its right and rough white rock to its left, the corner literally begs to be climbed.

Belay about 20' below the corner and head up across semi-easy 5th class terrain the base of the corner. Some tricky moves under a small roof lead to the corner proper. Follow the corner until a large roof is reached. From here, step left around the corner and climb up easy terrain to a two-bolt anchor.

A single rope rappel will bring you back to the base.


Bring at least 2 #3 camalots or equivalent, but 3 would be better. Also bring a big cam for down low. Other than that, a couple of hand sized pieces should suffice.

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Jake engaged in the overhanging crux of The Graduate.
[Hide Photo] Jake engaged in the overhanging crux of The Graduate.
Jonny on The Graduate. Photo by Gigi. 3/20/13
[Hide Photo] Jonny on The Graduate. Photo by Gigi. 3/20/13
Finishing the fun and steep corner
[Hide Photo] Finishing the fun and steep corner
Starting up The Graduate, a sweet overhanging hand crack.
[Hide Photo] Starting up The Graduate, a sweet overhanging hand crack.
The Graduate
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[Hide Comment] New ASCA anchor on this one. The rock that the old anchor was drilled in was laughably hollow. Rusty bolts in onionskin, on a Red Rocks attention to what you're clipping!

One comment that no one's posted is that the rock at the edge of the roof is heinously sharp-I wouldn't take a skinny rope on this one. Core shot a 10.5.. Sep 13, 2011
[Hide Comment] Sweet route. Tons of smooth hand jams. If you're cragging in the area go do it. Mar 9, 2013
Weston L
[Hide Comment] Stellar climb! Great after work route, 3 #2 camalots would have been handy if I recall correctly, or maybe it was #3's...either way, stellar climb - go do it. Gets PM Shade. Mar 31, 2013
Andrew Yasso
Las Vegas, NV
[Hide Comment] An extra #3 would be the right piece - although with two of them it made it very casual. A third would be for the very faint hearted. Slightly more physical than I expected. Jan 14, 2014
josh holcomb
Las Vegas, NV
[Hide Comment] High quality jamming. Nov 22, 2014
Keithb00ne Boone
Las Vegas, NV
[Hide Comment] An amazing 5.10 climb from bottom to top. High quality jamming but don’t forget the face holds. Lots of sections in between a 2 and a 3. A 2.5 cam would almost be better than a 3. Route can be top roped with some directionals. Apr 30, 2021
Iain Macdonald
Boulder, CO/Tucson, AZ
[Hide Comment] Looked improbable from the ground. The height really is 80 feet despite looking like 200 from the dirt, and the climbing truly is 5.10b despite looking harder. Reiterating Boones comment, the crack takes #3 (overcamed) and #2 (occasionally undercammed). These both work pretty much everywhere. I'd definitely bring two big cams for the off-width start since the crack is flaring, #4-#6 works just fine. May 12, 2021