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|Type:||Trad, 800 ft, 7 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||J&J Urioste Feb 1978|
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|Shared By:||Brian in SLC on Nov 27, 2009|
|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
DescriptionA neat line with good position and exciting cruxes. This route basically follows crack systems on the rib of rock to the left of Black Dagger.
P1: Scramble up the right side of a low angled featured face above the big pine tree at the base of the route, just left of a wide-ish crack. Pass the large bush (bush on left) and aim for a flat spot behind a large block. Couple of large stoppers work well for the belay. 100' fourth to easy fifth class.
P2: Climb up right from the belay stance to the top of the block and step straight up steep face for maybe 8 feet, then hard right around corner to gain a crack system. Follow crack until it ends. Up and traverse slightly right towards another crack. After around 135 feet, start looking for a decent belay spot which may be semi hanging but will have adequate gear. ~5.5/5.6 PG to possibly R rated.
P3: Climb up short face and traverse slightly right to crack. Finish on steep jugs through easy overhang to nice, rose colored small belay ledge. Medium to hand sized crack here for belay anchor. 75 feet, 5.5.
P4: Pretty much the crux pitch of the route. Take care climbing up the short, steep chimney off the P3 belay stance, then follow the short lower angle crack up which disappears into a lower angle face (with scarce protection, maybe slings on horns and small cams in shallow pods. Look around and don't pass up pro options!). Climb up, aiming for the twin cracks above, angling to the right (which looks to be the easiest option). Finally, some good gear options are available (medium to hand sized cams and large nut). Pull steep, short overhang and gain the nice wide ledge, with wide crack on the left side for belay (#3 and 4 Camalot). 150 feet, 5.6+/5.7 R.
P5: Follow wide crack up to a neat varnished face and corner crack. Stay in corner crack up slick lower angle wall (easier than it looks) to belay atop the small pillar (also the end of the chimney tunnel on Black Dagger). 80 feet, 5.5.
P6 and 7: follow last pitches of Black Dagger.
We climbed up the climbers left prow out of the stance (R rated, no pro for 20 feet) to a nice crack system for 100+ feet leading to a ledge with a tree on the left side. Then finish up either through roof with wide looking crack on the left side, or, right to steep face to low angle face (medium to big cams in horizontals). 140 feet-ish and 5.5/5.6.
Scramble another couple hundred feet to the summit ridge up lower angle 4th and 3rd class terrain.
Note: there are fragile features and some loose rock on this route. Climb "light" and take care yarding on holds.
LocationLocated on the far left side of the Brownstone Wall. Left of Black Dagger. Locate THE large pine tree at the base of the route.
Descend down the Gunsite.