Type: Sport, 90 ft
FA: S. Massey
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Shared By: smassey on Apr 15, 2011
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Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. Details


Guildenstern climbs the slabby arete on the right edge of the Hamlet. The position is quite good for a route with such a modest grade.


This is the right-most route on the Hamlet. Access is the same as Rosencrantz - walk past all the TR anchors to several exposed 3rd class moves to the Rosencrantz belay anchors and continue to the right to another set of brown painted bolts on the prow. Belay here. The route steps right off the belay and follows tan painted bolts up the arete to an anchor just below the top of the crag. With a little exposed down-scrambling, it would be feasible to set a TR from these anchors, if one was so inclined.


8 bolts, double-ring anchor, belay anchor at base.


Las Vegas, NV
J W   Las Vegas, NV
Walking off this route to the north is not trivial, I'd suggest scouting a way in from the right hand side of the crag.

Otherwise an enjoyable route with great position...a nice intro to multipitch technique as well, given the exposed scramble to the base. Dec 30, 2011
Thomas Beck
Las Vegas, Nevada
Thomas Beck   Las Vegas, Nevada
Once you climb Rosencranz you should do Guildenstern. The location at the edge of the arch looks very cool as you step out initially and at the station. The climbing is aesthetic and properly protected with solid bolts the whole way. This route reminds me of some of the old school lines in Sandy Corridor in that it has sloping holds and little varnish. Today it was a little sandy. I thought the route-finding to be the best part. I would rate this 5.6 and not 5.5 and suggest you be solid on 5.7 to lead it. I did break off more holds than Rosencranz but that is likely attributable to lack of traffic. Definitely 2 stars.

We were able to diagonal rap off the top belay anchor back to the initial ledges left of Rosencranz with plenty of rope using a 70m. Rope pulled with no problems. Feb 23, 2013
Collin Baker  
We went up this route last Thursday as a friend's first lead. I scrambled to the belay anchors and set a TR for my friend to climb the 5.9 line from the ground to the belay, and then we went from there. Scramble over was very exposed and there's no room to blow it, but it's not the worst thing I've ever done. The climb itself was beautiful, full of exposure on the airy arete. From the top we ran into some people who had scrambled up the backside of the formation, so that does seem like a feasible possibility for coming off.

We rapped back to the belay anchors, where I put in a new pair of quick links (Camp oval, zinc 10mm, 55kN) and rap rings (GM blue 25kN) so the route is now feasible to get to the ground in 2 single rope raps with a 60m. We did not have a 17mm wrench with us to tighten the links so they are just hand tightened, if someone wants to go up and wrench on them go for it but they should be mighty fine.

All in all a beautiful route and stellar sunset views at the top. Apr 1, 2018
Robert Hall
North Conway, NH
Robert Hall   North Conway, NH  
As Collin says "scramble very exposed" ...No room to blow it"..but "not the worst I've done"....Remember, there's no shame in using a belay over from the Rosencranz anchors. The Vegas Rescue Squad might just thank you for it (not to mention your Mom.) Aug 3, 2018