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Laugh With the Sinners

5.10d, Trad, 120 ft (36 m), 2 pitches,  Avg: 1.6 from 16 votes
FA: Celin Serbo, Chris Weidner February 1, 2013
Nevada > Southern Nevada > Red Rocks > (01) Calico Basin > Fox Area
Warning Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. DetailsDrop down

Description

This is the first recorded ascent (as far as we can tell), though the first pitch appears to have been climbed before (there's an old, fixed hex at the logical belay spot). It's of course possible that the second pitch has been climbed as well, but the extremely fragile rock made it seem that it had not been touched previously.

In any case it's well worth doing since it's adjacent to The Fox.

P1: Follow the arching splitter 20 feet right of The Fox and belay at the base of the large, left-facing corner. 60 feet, 5.7.

P2: Grovel up some loose rock to the short, overhanging fist and off-width crack. Struggle up this, then top out via a lower-angled wide crack and belay above. 60 feet, 5.10d.

Protection

1ea. #.4 - #4 Camalot
2ea. #.75 - #3 Camalot

Top anchor: #2 - #4 Camalots underneath an enormous boulder.
Descend climber's left, as per The Fox.

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The second pitch, with the crux visible as the overhanging wide crack.
[Hide Photo] The second pitch, with the crux visible as the overhanging wide crack.
Laugh With the Sinners, with the belay indicated in white. The Fox is on the left.
[Hide Photo] Laugh With the Sinners, with the belay indicated in white. The Fox is on the left.