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The Gambler

5.11-, Sport, 55 ft (17 m),  Avg: 3 from 399 votes
FA: Richard and Lisa Harrison, Michelle Locatelli, October 2005
Nevada > Southern Nevada > Red Rocks > (04) Second Pul… > Sweet Pain Wall
Warning Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. DetailsDrop down


"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 (5) and mussy hooks

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April Davidson clipping the draw above the seated rest before the crux
[Hide Photo] April Davidson clipping the draw above the seated rest before the crux
Joe Simon
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Warm january day
[Hide Photo] Warm january day
Just below the last bolt on The Gambler
[Hide Photo] Just below the last bolt on The Gambler
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Good heel rest right after clipping the 4th bolt.
[Hide Photo] Good heel rest right after clipping the 4th bolt.
It's possible to get a really good rest by straddling this formation before the final bulge.
[Hide Photo] It's possible to get a really good rest by straddling this formation before the final bulge.

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Pete Bresciani
[Hide Comment] 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
Karsten Duncan
Sacramento, CA
[Hide Comment] 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
Free Soil, MI
[Hide Comment] 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
Minneapolis, MN
[Hide Comment] This route is awesome. In fact, every route to the right and left of it is also great.

Thanks bolters :) May 26, 2010
[Hide Comment] 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
[Hide Comment] 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
[Hide Comment] Climbed yesterday. Spinner 2nd bolt. Great route. Aug 4, 2014
Capple Apple
Portland, OR
[Hide Comment] Super cool route. 2nd hanger is still spinning. Oct 27, 2016
[Hide Comment] 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
Pittsburgh, PA
[Hide Comment] 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
[Hide Comment] 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
[Hide Comment] ^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
[Hide Comment] The 2nd bolt has been replaced. Oct 29, 2018
[Hide Comment] Fun route!

There are only 5 bolts on this route + mussy hooks at the anchors. I submitted a correction to mountain project. Apr 7, 2019
Weston Hamilton
Denver, CO
[Hide Comment] Great first 5.11a. Could be 10d for taller people. Holds are big and the beta is mostly obvious. About one letter grade harder than Glitter Gulch. Great route Mar 25, 2022
Esther P
Mostly CA
[Hide Comment] I'd agree with 11b if you're short Oct 27, 2023
Ryan DeLena
Sudbury MA / Lyndon VT
[Hide Comment] Great route! But felt like a sandbag compared to others at the crag. The book gives this 11a. Compared to Glitter Gulch at the same grade, Sour Pain at 11b and Sweet Pain at 11d, this felt harder than all. My partner found a way to straddle a ledge before the final block, where I just shook out for a decent active rest. Using this straddle rest might make it feel more on-grade. Dec 10, 2023