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Sport, 180 ft (55 m),
Avg: 2.6 from 10
FA: unknown, soloed most likely
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> Red Rock
> 04-Second Pullo…
Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet.
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 and the AAC provides free "wag bags" 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 area).
A great moderate route with a small amount of gear. This climb ascends the right-end of the observatory, climbing the blunt low-angled formation more or less over the right side of the main feature of the observatory. This climb finished below the 'eye of the cyclops', if you will but with enough rope and maybe a little simul-climbing, can be completed to the top. The grade felt significantly harder than the 5.3 grade given by Swain in his books.
Although there is supposedly an anchor from which to retreat, we climbed the whole formation and walked/scrambled back off to the SE and then back to the base.
[Hide Photo] Steeper zeroeth pitch of Bewitched if you're so inclined. Scramble up the 8' wall, around to the left, and up to the hangers at the start of the first pitch. The 8' wall is not seen in this photo,…
[Hide Photo] Looking up at the Upper West South Ridge, as seen from the top of Bewitched. Green: Scramble up and over to the ridge. Yellow: Climbing up to the top, dashes indicated climbing behind a formation…
[Hide Photo] Bewitched first pitch (5.5). A set of hangers can be seen to anchor the belayer if you want.
[Hide Photo] Anchors for rap into gully off backside of Bewitched climb. Hunter S. Thompson dome seen in the background.
[Hide Photo] Single bolt to aid the one-move down scramble to reach Stratocaster ledge. Walk NW off the top of the formation to get here.
[Hide Photo] Anchors on top of second pitch of Bewitched (on top of formation).
[Hide Photo] The Observatory is the blunt, low angle, right-facing arete in his image. 'Bewitched' (5.5, R) climbs to just below the "Cyclops eye" near it's top. Photo by Tony Bubb, 1/03.