Type: Trad, 700 ft, 5 pitches
FA: Paul Van Betten & Nick Nordblom - 1988
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Shared By: Josh Janes on Oct 12, 2013
Admins: Larry DeAngelo, Justin Johnsen

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Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. Details


Sandstone Samurai is a route that has a bit of a reputation amongst Red Rocks climbers as being a psychological test piece: The story I heard is that the Adventure Punks established Rock Warrior as a response to the heavy-handed bolting by certain beloved Red Rocks first ascensionists, and then a year later PVB decided to up the ante by putting up something that was even bolder.

He succeeded - Sandstone Samurai is indeed a big step up from Rock Warrior - a route that shouldn't be taken lightly! If you decide to climb it, be prepared for R-rated climbing on every pitch (run outs with falls that would likely result in injury) and possible X-rated climbing in a couple spots (if you fell, you'd almost certainly be maimed or worse); onsighting would probably be a good idea. But the climbing is fun and at the very least more engaging than it's better-protected neighbor two climbs to the right.

Anyway, the descriptions in the current guidebooks are adequate to keep you from getting lost so in an effort to preserve a sense of adventure for the full Sandstone Samurai experience, I'll leave it at that.

Have fun and good luck!


Single set from the smallest thing you have (000 C3) to 0.75 Camalot. A couple extra cams in the tips through fingers sizes (we brought and used blue through grey Aliens). A set of brass and a set of wires. 10 or so draws/slings. Two ropes. Nut tool for mining out the occasional stopper placement.