Type: Sport, 55 ft
FA: Richard and Lisa Harrison, Michelle Locatelli, October 2005
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Shared By: Danny Meyers on Nov 28, 2006 with updates from Nate Smith 2
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Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. Details


"Bolted by Richard Harrison, Lisa Harrison, & Michelle Locatelli, The Gambler is a memorium to John Rosholt, a.k.a. The Gambler. This route gets better with each ascent. F.A. by Richard ,Lisa & Michelle early Oct., 2005"


This route lies between Sweet Pain and Sour Pain.


Bolts (6) and chain anchors.


Pete Bresciani
Pete Bresciani  
This is a great route and a testament to the Richard's (and Lisa's!) eye for spotting lines! I'm not sure why it's listed as 5.11c here but a consensus grade I hear around town is 10d (for taller people) and 11a (for shorter types). I say this not to downgrade the route but to encourage everyone to try it since it's a fun climb with giant jugs the whole way. Dec 30, 2006
John Wilder
Las Vegas, NV
John Wilder   Las Vegas, NV
Despite the grade, it'd be better to warm up on Glitter Gulch or something else to the right- the route is quite steep and the flash pump comes at you fast if this is the first route of the day.

Also, it being a new route- be careful toward the top- word has it that more than one rock has come off of it recently... Mar 4, 2007
Karsten Duncan
Sacramento, CA
Karsten Duncan   Sacramento, CA
I was there on the day they finished the route up and redpointed it. When I gave it a try I took a nice little winger when a "key foothold" broke off. I might add that despite the rock breaking, my fall was clean and all the bolts were well placed and in places where you would want them.

I would say that the rock quality is not quite as good as routes around it. That being said, it is still a fun route that is worth doing and may improve with age as loose stuff is cleaned off. Apr 9, 2007
Michael Kimm
Denver, CO
Michael Kimm   Denver, CO
The wet winter proved to be too much for all the holds on The Gambler; the route has a new crux, and is probably 11b now if you're short. The climbing is far less pleasent now too... a shame... Mar 18, 2010
John Wilder
Las Vegas, NV
John Wilder   Las Vegas, NV
Michael- can't say I noticed any broken holds, or a new crux- it's been awhile since I've been on the route, though. It was still loads of fun and pretty mellow- well worth doing. My partner also had no trouble at 5'4".

The first bolt on the route has been replaced. Mar 22, 2010
Minneapolis, MN
Zach.Moore   Minneapolis, MN
This route is awesome. In fact, every route to the right and left of it is also great.

Thanks bolters :) May 26, 2010
Extremely Fun route. 5.10d, in my opinion, given the straightforward movement and large holds. It is possible to gain a no-hands rest by straddling the "prow" next to the 3rd bolt. Oct 18, 2010
My friend climbed The Gambler earlier today, and he said that the second bolt hanger was spinning, the bolt itself was wiggling, and it moved when he pulled on the quickdraw to test it.
Just be safe when you climb it. Probably not the best route to climb if 11- is pushing it for you. May 22, 2012
Las Vegas, Nevada
Likeasummerthursday   Las Vegas, Nevada
Climbed yesterday. Spinner 2nd bolt. Great route. Aug 4, 2014
Super cool route. 2nd hanger is still spinning. Oct 27, 2016
1/5/2017 ....The Southen Neveda Climbers Coalition with support from ASCA preformed some route maintenance on The Gambler. The second protection bolt was replaced with a Fixe SS 3/8 x 6 1/2 Glue-In Bolt. Jan 5, 2017
Andrew G
San Diego, CA
Andrew G   San Diego, CA
Fun movement and a nice change of style from the other 11's on the wall. Gave me a couple of those "what the... maybe... OHHH... how cool!" sequences. Jan 17, 2017
This route has been equipped with ASCA mussy hooks. The old chains were worn and sharp from people top roping through them. Oct 17, 2018
^that would be the 4th glue in failure I have heard of at Red Rock.

What is the exact situation that causes you to say it has glue failure? Sounds like the bolt is still there? Oct 27, 2018
The 2nd bolt has been replaced. Oct 29, 2018