Avg: 3 from 2 votes
|Type:||Trad, 1000 ft, 8 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||Karsten Duncan, Andrew Gomoll -Nov 10, 2007|
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|Shared By:||Karsten Duncan on Mar 26, 2008|
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RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Details
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 identified this problem years ago and has worked to provide "wag bags" free of charge 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 areas). This project was funded primarily by the American Alpine Club
DescriptionThe Minotaur is a relatively moderate climb in a spectacular position. You get great views of Wilson, the Strip, and all the First Creek Slabs below. The climbing isn't that bad either but does have a few runout places. Be careful on the 7th pitch. It is easy climbing but pro is sparse. Combining this with any of the lower slab routes would make for a big grade IV day.
There are no bolts on this climb but belays are generally good and easy to get. This is probably the easiest way to get up the labyrinth wall. As with any new route however, be aware that all holds may not be bomber. I give the route 3 stars because of its position, length, and a few really neat pitches. That being said, it has some sections of mediocre rock, is runout on some easy terrain, and would be better compared to a Resolution Arete style of climbing. In short, its a moderate level adventure that if combined with the lower slab routes provides for 2000+ft of climbing.
Pitch 1: 5.10a/b 180ft
Start up a right angling crack that turns vertical. Continue up the thin crack and face and make a delicate traverse right 10 ft to gain the upper thin crack. Belay at a bush.
Pitch 2: 5.9 205ft
Climb up 15ft and traverse left into the right facing dihedral. Climb the dihedral to a ledge.
Pitch 3: 3rd Class 50ft
Scramble back and up 3rd class terrain to the right.
Pitch 4: 5.9 165ft
Climb up a right-facing corner passing a short 6 offwidth section and up a groove. Where the groove dead-ends into a steep blank wall traverse left and climb up onto a short step and belay.
Pitch 5: 3rd Class 40ft
Step left and through a short corridor to another wall.
Pitch 6: 5.9 215ft
Climb the handcrack up 40ft, traverse right to another crack and take it up and through a roof . Belay where the crack bends left and makes a small ledge.
Pitch 7: 5.7 R 185ft
From the belay first traverse right on the face for 15ft. Place gear and move up and generally trend left on face holds and almost no protection to a ledge with stacked blocks around the left corner.
Pitch 8: Move up and then left from the belay and follow a large crack on poor rock. Continue up a white rock chimney to another ledge.
Climb any of the many routes on the lower angle first creek slabs to the ledge system. The route starts up the first available crack on the face to the right of the Guinness Book dihedral.
Descent: 2-3 single rope rappels, 1 double rope rappel
See the description and pic for the descent on the main Labyrinth Wall page.
Traverse to the back of the ledge and climb down (south) until you reach a somewhat narrow gulley. Scramble and walk down the gulley (heading east) doing 1-2 single rope rappels. Once at the bottom of the gulley take the SECOND gulley to your left (to the north). Move down this slot eventually downclimbing and squeezing under a huge chockstone. Rappel or downclimb an easy offwidth just below the chockstone to get to big ledge system. Traverse this ledge system west (skiers left) until it is no longer possible and do one double rope rappel to the original ledge system atop the first creek slab routes. (It may be possible to do multiple other rappels of this ledge system) From there continue west on this ledge system to just below the Celtic Cracks route and take the standard first creek slabs descent on orange webbing.