Type: Trad, 1300 ft (394 m), 8 pitches, Grade V
FA: FA: Andrew Gomoll, Karsten Duncan - Sept '06
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Shared By: Andrew Gomoll on Nov 16, 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


This adventurous line, when combined with any of the First Creek Slab routes is one of the longest lines in Red Rocks providing 2500+ feet of boltless climbing. The route is similar in nature to Resolution Arete but with better rock quality.

The first pitch begins to the right of a striking hand and finger crack. The start begins about 30ft to the right of a crack with many huecos.

P1 – 5.9 Take the crack to a ledge at 30 ft with a large bush. Continue up the chimney to a right facing corner, pull a 5.9 roof and belay on a sloping ledge. (55m)

P2 – 5.9 Continue ascending this corner as it widens to an offwidth using the crack and edges on the face to a belay in a sheltered alcove under a huge block on the left. (55m) This pitch is R unless you bring big gear.

P3 – 5.9+ Continue up and right through an easy squeeze to a 5.6PG ramp. Continue up the ramp to a stance below a spectacular dead vertical 5.9+ hand and fist crack with lots of lichen. Follow the crack up and onto a ramp to the best belay stance you can find at the end of your rope. (55m)

P4 – 5.9 Continue up the ramp and onto some 5.7R face climbing on poor rock past a bush through a 10 ft section of 5.8 crack to a large ledge with a tree. Climb some awkward 5.9 moves to get to another ledge 25 ft higher on the left. The final headwall will stretch above.

P5 – 5.11 or A1/5.10 PG13 Take the mossy finger to hand crack starting on this ledge that splits the spectacular headwall to a good size bush for the belay (55m).

P6 – 5.10+R From the belay traverse down and right on 5.6R face moves and traverse right 50 ft (no pro!) to gain a 5.7 crack. Continue up the crack as the difficulty increases to 10+ and the gear options decrease. The crack turns to stemming then OW/ Squeeze and ledges out at the base of an OW/Squeeze. (~60m)

P7 – 5.9+ Climb the OW/Squeeze to some 5.7R face climbing to reach a ledge (~60m)

P8 – 5.5 Scramble up 5.5 terrain for 30m to the top.


From the summit take the first narrow gulley down and left (east). Scramble and rappel down the gulley for about 1000ft. When the gulley opens up on the left (north) side take the second obvious gulley on the left. Downclimb under a huge chockstone and downclimb a 5.7 OW to a large forked pine tree on a level ledge system. Take 1-2 double-rope rappels back to the ledge system atop the first creek slabs. Scramble down slabs descent just to the right of Rising Moons. From the top of Rising Moons one double-rope rappel and a little 4th class will get you back on the ground.


2 x 60m rope, Standard rack of doubles to #4 camalot – larger cams or big bros would be useful too. There are no bolts on the route and all anchors are natural.