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Hole in the Pants

5.7, Trad, 190 ft (58 m), 2 pitches,  Avg: 1.5 from 4 votes
FA: Gary Savage and Jake Burkey (1998)
Nevada > Southern Nevada > Red Rock > 01-Calico Basin > Kraft Mtn Area > Winter Heat Wall
Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. Details


A decent little two pitch route that climbs the slabby face on the right side of Winter Heat Wall. Good practice for building anchors.

P1) 5.3. 120'. Start in some bushes below a slabby crack (look for a hollow flake about 15' up). Climb ~20' to a small ledge and continue through a slight off-width to a larger ledge (be mindful of rope drag in this section). Follow the obvious crack/ramp left to a right-facing corner. Build an anchor here (small cams and nuts).

P2) 5.7. 70' Stay slightly right of the corner on cracks and sandy edges, climbing up to/past a small overhang. Step back into the corner, above the overhang, and follow the corner to the top. (1"-2" cams for anchor).

Descent: From the top of P2, traverse left (east) along the ledge and rap off the fixed anchors at the top of Winter Heat (first anchors you come across). You can additionally rap off the tree at the top of A-OK (far left side of wall).


Far right side of Winter Heat Wall, center of the large slabby face.


Standard rack (including nuts) to 3". Gear anchors.

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Liz Lampson
Sunnyvale, CA
[Hide Comment] The hollow flake on P1 is more like 10' up - I could reach it from the first move. The first move is also notably harder than 5.3, but everything else on P1 is well within "5.easy" and I didn't place any gear until the first anchor. I found P2 harder to protect than I expected; I'm relatively new to climbing on sandstone, but my more experienced partner confirmed that the placements weren't easy there. Sep 19, 2018