|Type:||Trad, 2 pitches, 250'|
|Original:||YDS: 5.3 French: 3+ Ewbanks: 10 UIAA: III ZA: 9 British: VD 3a [details]|
|Submitted By:||Jim McGuire on Jun 19, 2004|
|RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>|
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From: Las Vegas, NV
Sep 2, 2008
This is the place to take beginners.
I added some chains to the top of the second pitch. This is a great beginners area because you can lead 5.3 to get to the P1 bolts which then can TR some harder stuff underneath.
Or you can do the second pitch (5.3, or 5.7 if you trend right; a great line to give newbies some air) Then rap the Aruba Wall gully with a single 60m rope and downclimb an easy chimney or stay climbers left below the pine tree and simply walk down the slab, more air for newbies. At the top of P2 is a great lunch spot/parking lot to let your beginners get totally hooked on RR.
By live_it Pracht
From: Mammoth Lakes, Ca
Apr 30, 2010
|Fun, easy climb that is great for beginners, I never saw the chains or bolts on the second pitch?|
By Tom Lausch
From: Madison WI
Nov 28, 2012
rating: 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
|Some wide gear 5,6 would have better protected the chimmney on pitch 2. If you slipped your looking at hitting the cave floor. But more heady than difficult.|
By micah richard
From: Litchfield, Connecticut
Apr 10, 2014
|Did the first pitch to hang toprope for 5.10 on right. fun for 5.3, watch rock quality, very soft on places.|
Jan 2, 2017
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
You can also set a gear belay in the cave, it makes for a more comfortable stance.
Communication sucks from the top of the second pitch plan accordingly ahead of time.
Descent: scramble up toward the upper cliffs then head right through a rock fall until you see a big boulder overlooking the canyon below you, it had some graffiti on it facing up hill when I was there. The descent gulley is to the left of this and goes down then continues right. Not a hike by any means but still pretty trivial.
Also I wouldn't take a beginner up the second pitch, my fiancé who has followed upwards of 5.7 on sport but never any trad, had a very difficult time on the second pitch. The chimney plus a lot of low angle slab is easy but unless you are used to that it can go right to your head.