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Fender Bender

5.6, Trad, 70 ft (21 m),  Avg: 2.6 from 127 votes
FA: Matt McMackin & Jim Whitesell 1973
Nevada > Southern Nevada > Red Rocks > (05) Sandstone… > Parking Lot Area > White Slab
Warning Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. DetailsDrop down

Description

Climb the slab to the flake, then cork screws back to face climbing on the right. I put a PG13 rating of this b/c any fall would send you into the off-width for a very awkward landing.

Location

The obvious curving crack seen from the parking lot

Protection

single rack to #4 cam

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Ty leading his way through the wide section of the crack.
[Hide Photo] Ty leading his way through the wide section of the crack.
Can't miss it.. Fun place to climb...
[Hide Photo] Can't miss it.. Fun place to climb...
Fender Bender
[Hide Photo] Fender Bender
Nice shady and comfy belay ledge /John Patrarka June 2020
[Hide Photo] Nice shady and comfy belay ledge /John Patrarka June 2020
Dan leads Fender Bender
[Hide Photo] Dan leads Fender Bender
Up in the chimney
[Hide Photo] Up in the chimney
off-width crack on white slab
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smassey
CO
[Hide Comment] On 11/22/10, the anchors were replaced on this route with ASCA 1/2x3.75 w/ rings. The established anchor was set up in such a way that it was loosening the bolts and wearing out their placements. Nov 22, 2010
Rich F.
Colorado Springs, CO
  5.6
[Hide Comment] This is a fun route that protects well. The route offers several options for climbing styles -- stemming, face climbing, and even a lieback at the top. Best route on this wall, in my opinion. Mar 24, 2011
[Hide Comment] LOST (12/29/2016): Sling and Nut Tool. I forgot a sling (which I could care less about) and a nut tool (which has a lot of value for me). Either at Fender Bender or Man's Best Friend. I will reward you very well if you return them to me. Thanks! Dec 29, 2016
alextasco
  5.6
[Hide Comment] Just a note this route is easily rapped with a single 60m.

Josh, what time did you climb? We were on the climb sometime between 10am and noon and I did not see anything. Dec 29, 2016
[Hide Comment] This is a very fun route, but a touch run-out (~15' off the deck) to the first gear placement. After that, it protects well and has some fun moves. Mar 16, 2017
john harrison
  5.6
[Hide Comment] Easy slab friction moves up to a well protectable crack system. A fall up to this point would be more of a "slide". Nice Warm up. Takes pro to 4 inches. Mar 17, 2017
Bob Klaasic
Westminster, CA
 
[Hide Comment] I followed this climb on 12/16/2017. I found this to be a really fun route. My partner and I are new to the trad game and we both felt comfortable on this route. The protection opportunities are good and the climbing is moderate and fun. Also, the bolted anchor and belay ledge at the top allow for a quick and comfortable belay setup. Super fun route! Dec 18, 2017
Ven Popov
Pittsburgh, PA
 
[Hide Comment] Brought a #4 and a #5 but I didn't need them. Plenty of pro after the very easy slab run-out. Very fun varied climbing. First trad lead for me, and I loved it. May 9, 2018
DANIEL CHAMPAGNE
West Haven, CT
[Hide Comment] Was excited to try this climb, however that fist "easy scramble" to the first pro was higher, steeper, and way more committing that I would have liked. Climbing looked easy, however this was my first trip to RR and had never climbed sandstone. Definitely work on your insecure slab climbing on sandstone before trying this run-out beginning. Will come back! Nov 26, 2019
Wolf L
New York, NY
  5.6
[Hide Comment] The length of the route is no where near 100ft. More like 60ft. A 60m rope is more than long enough for lowering. Dec 20, 2019
Michael Smalley
Santa Clarita, CA
  5.6
[Hide Comment] Very fun for the grade. I felt completely safe with singles up to a #2 C4 and a few medium stoppers. If anything, I would have rather had an extra .5 and .75 instead of a #3 and #4 to sew up the upper half. Jan 2, 2021
Nicholas Moberg
Las Vegas
  5.7 PG13
[Hide Comment] Exciting and engaging for 5.6 No move felt especially hard but there are a lot of committing moves. Super interesting feature for Red Rock. Overall good gear after the start and good moves on solid rock. Don't miss this one! Dec 2, 2023