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YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b/c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
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Submitted By: J. Thompson on Mar 26, 2009

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Nathan leading Handbone

RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>


Climb the very nice, Indian creek style hand crack in the left facing corner. The crack starts perfect Gold camalots then pinchs down near the top. There is a nice ledge, and a great anchor, on top of the pitch.


After the initial approach up to the base of Desert Gold traverse around to the north(right) on a very loose and broken ledge system. After traversing around an amphitheater start looking at the wall above . . . the climb will be obvious.


1-2sets camalots from .75 to #2.

Photos of Handbone Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Amy Pruss . Handbone
Amy Pruss . Handbone
Rock Climbing Photo: Jamming up hand bone
Jamming up hand bone
Rock Climbing Photo: Handbone, 5.10. Photo Gina Matranga
Handbone, 5.10. Photo Gina Matranga
Rock Climbing Photo: That's your crack.....
That's your crack.....

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By Andy Hansen
From: Longmont, Colorado
Feb 17, 2012
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Worth the hike for the best splitter of its grade in Red Rock. Is there another route of this quality in the Park? Show me.
By David Donovan
From: Sammamish, Washinton
Feb 18, 2012

A great splitter, but this climb is very short. Only worth checking out if you have some other climbs in mind.
By Andy Hansen
From: Longmont, Colorado
Feb 18, 2012
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Well, it certainly is short but I'd be hard pressed to say it's unmemorable. I respect your opinion though because I'm sure you've visited the Creek, Moab, Yosemite, etc. and you can understand what splitter heaven is really like. But, if you're a Vegas local looking to rev up for a visit at any one of those locations this is going to be your best bet at training for it and getting a taste as to what it will be like.
By Jon O'Brien
From: Nevada
Feb 27, 2013

first pitch of clod tower
By Weston L
From: Summerlin, NV
Nov 4, 2013
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

About as rad as 60 feet of climbing can get! A bit of a hike to get to, but a cool zone to explore. Stellar climbing on very solid rock.

As far as fixed hardware, the anchor definitely could use some ASCA love. Old homemade-looking hanger on the top bolt, which looks more solid than the quasi-rusted SMC hanger beneath it.
By JF1
From: Las Vegas
Nov 29, 2013

Thanks to a donation from the ASCA this route now has an anchor with SS bolts and Fixe double ring hangers.
By Weston L
From: Summerlin, NV
Nov 30, 2013
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Thanks for the replacement work, ASCA folks!!!
By Action in Solitude
Apr 2, 2014

Classic Hand Jam Climbing at Red Rock Canyon: Adam Floyd climbing Handbone 5.10

By mpech
Nov 27, 2016

very short, feels more like 5.9

Definitely not worth the hike if this is the only climb you had in mind.

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