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Chasing Shadows T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Dark Shadows T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Dark Shadows (Full) T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Edge Dressing T,S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Excellent Adventure T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R
Extra Credit T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Heart of Darkness T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13
Negro Blanco T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
Parental Guidance T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
Peyote Power T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Risky Business T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
Sandstone Sandwich T,S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
Short Circuit T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Slot Machine T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
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Type: Trad, 320 ft, 4 pitches
FA: Marsh, Locatelli, 1990
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Shared By: Guy H. on Oct 31, 2007
Admins: Larry DeAngelo, Justin Johnsen

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Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. Details


Chasing Shadows is a fun P3/4 variation to Dark Shadows that is worth doing if DS is crowded or after rapping down. Head up and right from the P2 anchors on DS into the right most of the two cracks. Follow a fun hand crack to a wide section with some poor/loose rock. Place your number 4 C4 and have a #3 ready. Face climb around the OW crack to a varnised wall above. A tiny cam protects the final runout moves to a two bolt rap anchor. The second pitch heads up for a few bolts and then traverse out right past 3 bolts. Easier runout climbing leads to the two anchor on Edge Dressing.


Shares the first two pitches of Dark Shadows, and heads right for pitches 3 and 4.


Single rack to C4 #4
Chris S
Chris S  
Chasing Shadows is a variation that makes Dark Shadows even more fun! Compared to other two-move 5.10s in Red Rocks, like Black Orpheus, Chasing Shadows probably clocks in more like 5.10- instead of 5.8+ (as listed in Handren's guide).

Linking pitches 1 & 2 is easy and logical. Make sure to use shoulder slings on the bolts protecting pitch 4. If you're climbing to the top of Mescalito (worth it!), a great gear belay ledge exists down about 20' down and immediately right of the normal 2-bolt anchor.

Gear: 1 set of stoppers #11-4, Single set of cams up to #4, double set 0.5-1. 8 shoulder slings, 4 quickdraws. Oct 11, 2009
BJ Sbarra
Carbondale, CO
BJ Sbarra   Carbondale, CO
Very fun. P2 had a good bit of hollow rock through the mid-section, solid pro wasn't super obvious at first. P3 is fantastic. Mar 30, 2014
Las Vegas
sqwirll   Las Vegas
This route goes into the shade around noon this time of year. 5.8+ seems fair to me, no where near 5.10. Jul 27, 2014
anthony509 Excelsior
las vegas nv
anthony509 Excelsior   las vegas nv
With 60m rope must rap from Edge Dressing anchor which is lower and left of the anchor directly above the finish of p4 (if not topping out and not linking p1&2). Perhaps I finished too far right, but know that our 60m did not reach the rap station below from the higher anchor. Mar 24, 2015
matt scherer
matt scherer  
Classic 8+ no need to call it 10 Apr 9, 2018

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