Type: Trad, 320 ft, 4 pitches
FA: Marsh, Locatelli, 1990
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Shared By: Guy H. on Oct 31, 2007
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Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. Details

Description

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.

Location

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

Protection

Single rack to C4 #4
Chris S
  5.10-
Chris S  
  5.10-
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
  5.9
BJ Sbarra   Carbondale, CO
  5.9
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
sqwirll
Las Vegas
  5.8+
sqwirll   Las Vegas
  5.8+
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
  5.8+
anthony509 Excelsior   las vegas nv
  5.8+
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
  5.8+
matt scherer  
  5.8+
Classic 8+ no need to call it 10 Apr 9, 2018
William Thiry
Las Vegas
  5.9-
William Thiry   Las Vegas
  5.9-
Wow! A fabulous 2-pitch variation that is every bit as great as the standard Dark Shadows pitches. P3 is a classic crack that eats gear and goes at 5.8. If you bring 3 #3s and 3 #4s you'll find placements for them. Rock quality is good to great. No need to utilise off-width technique as there are plenty of holds outside the crack. The finish to the anchors is fantastic! P4 couldn't be any different - an almost complete sport climb that goes at 5.9- in my opinion. Extremely fun and exposed with bolts where you need them. The fun run-out scamper to the anchors is no big deal 5.4. Oct 23, 2018