The Black Hole
Trad, 160 ft, 2 pitches,
Avg: 2.6 from 10
FA: Jay Smith, Dougald McDonald, Nick Nordblum 1980
> Southern Nevada
> Red Rock
> 10-Pine Creek C…
> Brass Wall
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).
The Black Hole shares the first pitch with the Sea of Holes but was climbed first. It is this first pitch that has the large, man-sized hueco from which this route's name is derived.
Pitch 1: Make a few chimney moves to obtain the corner above it and follow this corner system past a thin crack to the two bolt anchor. (5.9, 100 feet)
Pitch 2: Continue straight up through the obvious weakness in the roof. (5.10, 50 feet)
This route is located in the second corner to the left of Topless Twins on the left side of Brass Wall.
Gear up to a single #4 Camalot
The Black Hole, pitch 1