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|Type:||Trad, 300 ft, 3 pitches, Grade II|
|FA:||Joe Lee, Bill Lee, Larry DeAngelo|
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|Shared By:||Larry DeAngelo on Jul 25, 2008|
|Admins:||Larry DeAngelo, Justin Johnsen|
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
DescriptionClimb the corner, passing a wide, hollowed-out section, to a short fist crack at the base of the arching wide crack above. Two 4-inch cams protect the fist crack. When the crack widens, get a good PLACEMENT for your number 6, and ADVANCE it as you work your way to the top of the corner. Some welcome face holds keep this section from turning into the horror-show it appears from below. Eventually, the main crack dead-ends at a steep, loose section. Bypass this by face-climbing left, then up. A fair .75 Camalot gives some protection to the traverse right, back into the main crack system. A hanging belay (on gear) can be set up here if necessary. Immediately above is a short, but steep and strenuous fist crack leading to a comparatively relaxed squeeze chimney and an excellent ledge.
The next pitch is much easier. Climb right and up to a deep, dark chimney with excellent face holds. Climb this and belay in an amphitheater at its top. A fourth class pitch then goes straight left on friction and ledges, passes a large bush, and descends a short ramp to the rappel station at the top of Midnight Oil. A 50-meter rappel leads to the ground.