Avg: 2 from 1 vote
Routes in Western Spaces Wall
|Black Sun T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13|
|Breathing Stone, The T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c|
|Circus Act T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C0|
|Desert Solitude T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Git From Here You Dogs T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b C0|
|Mr. Natural of the Desert T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b|
|Tranquility Base T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R|
|Western Spaces T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c|
|Type:||Trad, 650 ft, 6 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||Warren Egbert/Dave Wonderly 1989|
|Page Views:||419 total, 7/month|
|Shared By:||Xavier Wasiak on Apr 1, 2013|
|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
DescriptionOverall, this is a fun route with some good pitches. A few probably a really bad idea to fall right now moments in 9-10a territory keep this from being a route I wholeheartedly recommend. You want to be solid at adventure climbing and plan on topping out. Bailing after the first pitch will cost you some gear.
Pitch 1, 110' (10c) Climb a right facing corner (the left most) up to where the corner turns to the right. Youll diagonal left across the face and three bolts and gear and finally up to the base of a shallow and thin corner. Bolted anchor.
Pitch 2, 100' (10) All the guidebooks gave this pitch a 10a. Climb straight up the thin seem (wires) to a really fun finger crack with interesting and memorable climbing. Continue up to a bolt and look up at an impressive slightly overhanging headwall with a couple of thin cracks. Take a deep breath and traverse diagonally right underneath this headwall and across the face to a thin crack leading straight up to the base of the chimney of pitch 3. Gear anchor (bigger pieces BD #3/#4).
Pitch 3, 100' (9) Up the chimney eventually making a slight jog to the right before continuing up and taking the left of two cracks. Gear anchor. The guidebooks end the pitch here saying that it ends below a roof. We found that not to be the case and there was another pitch before the roof.
Pitch 4, 90' (9) Climb straight up a finger crack with plenty of face holds to belay below a roof. Gear anchor. You could combine 3 & 4, I believe. Combined, it would be a long pitch and not 90'.
Pitch 5, 180' (10) The rock quality below the roof sucks. The roof spans a horizontal distance of at least 30 and is of good rock. Pick the line of least resistance (or most fun) and go at it keeping in mind that your gear probably sucks. The difficulties subside quickly and you diagonal right to the big corner climbing fun huecos for as long as you can. Gear anchor at the base of a chimney.
Pitch 6, 70-80' (6) Up the chimney to an obvious exit and the top.
The first two pitches are really fun, good, with memorable movement. Rock quality on parts of 3 and 4 and the initial section of 5 make this a heady undertaking.
LocationBlack Sun is located on the right side of the Western Spaces Wall. The most notable features are the right facing corners on the right. The left most of these marks the start of the route.
Once on top, head straight back towards a wall then down the gully where you will encounter your first single rope rap off of a tree with tat and a couple of carabiners. Scramble down to a two bolt rap anchor on the right side of the gully. A single rope rap gets you down to a big sloping ledge area (probably a river when it rains) to the next bolted anchor on the left. Two double rope raps will get you down to the gully, on the far skiers left side of the Western Spaces Wall and really close to your pack.