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The Tick

5.9, Trad, 60 ft (18 m),  Avg: 1.7 from 6 votes
FA: unknown
Nevada > Southern Nevada > Red Rocks > (01) Calico Basin > Fox Area
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This is a slightly left leaning hand to hand+ crack that sits up on top of an easy to scramble up ledge.

The crack itself is solid black varnish offering good protection but outside the crack is mostly lighter, softer, sandy, breakable rock.

This route is a fun jaunt if you’ve just done The Fox around the corner and is worth a look on the walk off.


Left of The Fox around the corner and uphill about 50 feet. As you do the walk off from The Fox, you will first see the bolted anchor with quick links on a ledge on the wall to your left as you’re facing down hill.


Camalot #1-4 and bolted anchor

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Henry nearing the top of this unknown hand crack near The Fox
[Hide Photo] Henry nearing the top of this unknown hand crack near The Fox

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Josh Noe
Seattle, WA
[Hide Comment] If there's no FA info for this, maybe we should give it a name in the meantime? I propose "The Tick" because it's a less desirable route / animal than The Fox, and because when I climbed it, I noticed it wasn't in MP yet. Another climber at the base joked "yea why climb it if you can't get the tick?" Apr 2, 2018
Cheryl Liu
Salt Lake City, UT
[Hide Comment] Very loose, chossy ledge at the top near the anchors. Tell your belayer your wear a helmet.
Also be wary of the flake at the beginning of the climb, we pulled a large chunk of it off. Nov 1, 2020