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Jan 6, 2017
We'll be in Vegas Monday-Wednesday. The 9th-11th. As of right now it's looking like rain on Monday, which is my understanding that that has the potential to shut us down all the way through Wednesday..? Flight/hotel/car are booked. As committed as we are, we won't climb the sandstone if it's not dry.

That being said we're not trying to fly all that way to climb in the gym. So, best/any limestone/granite options preferably within a closer driving distance than Joshua Tree?
oakwood-jones
Joined Mar 28, 2016
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Jan 6, 2017
Mt. Charleston. Probably cold as game of thrones right now.

St. George is about two hours away. Usually has different weather than Las Vegas. Also has some granite.

Could go skiing at Brian Head resort.
grog m aka Greg McKee
Joined Aug 29, 2012
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Jan 6, 2017
Depending on your climbing levels....

Mt Potosi, Clear Light (4wd req'd) 30 mins- a few 5.10s and 5.11s, but really its 5.12+ and up there.

Limestone in Southern Utah/Northern Arizona- about an hour away. The Limestone Bible is the guidebook for this area and is available online and at DRS.

Local Limestone (30 mins)- Gun Club, Lone Mountain, etc. Okay, sharp-ish.

Keyhole Canyon (1 hour south of Vegas proper)- Granite climbing, super old school stuff.

Prison Gate Bouldering (45 mins south of Vegas)- volcanic boulders.

JTree is only 2.5-3hrs away, not too far, really.

Alabama Hills is 3 hours.

Bishop is 3.5hrs away.

Lots of options, just gotta get up early!
John Wilder
From Las Vegas, NV
Joined Feb 1, 2004
1,495 points
Jan 6, 2017
John, thank you! You have been immensely helpful on this post and my last regarding the area. Should be more than enough info to begin further research.

Might not be the dream Red Rock trip we had in mind, but hopefully we can still find something fun to climb!
oakwood-jones
Joined Mar 28, 2016
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Jan 6, 2017
Been rained out of Red Rock on a few trips. The bolt clipping outside of Mesquite (The Grail?) is really good. Plenty to keep you occupied for a couple of days. C.Williams
From the Climber Cave
Joined Jul 31, 2013
871 points
Jan 6, 2017
Lime Kiln Canyon is the limestone crag near Mesquite. You can pick up book at Desert Rock in Vegas. Chris Massey
Joined Oct 1, 2012
5 points
Jan 8, 2017
If you're into peak bagging... check out, Las Vegas Rambles & Scrambles, by Courtney Purcell. It has lots of routes with class 5 climbing, and many are as close to Vegas as Red Rocks is. Mike T
From Las Vegas, NV
Joined Feb 10, 2010
10 points
Jan 8, 2017
Rained/drizzled all day in RR yesterday BigB
From Red Rock, NV
Joined Feb 18, 2015
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Jan 8, 2017
Rock Climbing Photo: Yesterday, looking up at the buttermilks.
Yesterday, looking up at the buttermilks.
Bring your skis....
Dave Livingston
From BISHOP
Joined Mar 6, 2015
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Jan 8, 2017
The storm moving through the west starting this weekend is a warm wet storm. You are better off going south like to JT than north or west. Allen Sanderson
From Oootah
Joined Jul 6, 2007
1,115 points
Jan 9, 2017
Anyone with experience reading the forecast have a opinion about how climbable red rocks will be this weekend (Jan 13-16)? SLippy
Joined Mar 8, 2013
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Jan 9, 2017
Was just down there and got rained out also. +1 for j-tree CamK89
Joined Apr 6, 2014
0 points
Jan 9, 2017
Overcast with spotty drizzle and humid over the weekend. Rain and drizzle this morning. Snow predicted for Thursday and Friday 1/12 and 1/13
WunderMap shows several fronts approaching.

Another area is New Jack City between Barstow and Apple Valley.
Alabama Hills by Bishop is likely cold; maybe snow. Raining there today and tomorrow.
Thomas Beck
From Las Vegas, Nevada
Joined Feb 5, 2006
660 points
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Jan 9, 2017
I added this thread to the sticky. JSH
Joined Apr 3, 2007
858 points
Jan 9, 2017
Does anyone know if it even rained over RRC last night? We stayed in Vegas and didn't see squat.

Trying to see if it would be worth it to climb, and if not, hike.
Kyle Butcher
From Athens, GA
Joined Apr 7, 2015
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Jan 9, 2017
Kyle Butcher wrote:
Does anyone know if it even rained over RRC last night? We stayed in Vegas and didn't see squat. Trying to see if it would be worth it to climb, and if not, hike.


It rained in Summerlin this morning so I would assume that RR got the same.
Leslie McG
Joined Jun 12, 2012
405 points
Jan 9, 2017
If you are only waiting out a day then there is a limestone crag called Urban Crag on Lone Mountain right in Sumerlin off of the Cheyenne exit of RT 215. It is sharp chossy limestone but fun enough to amuse you for a day.
mountainproject.com/v/lone-mou...
Brian
From North Kingstown, RI
Joined Sep 27, 2001
450 points
Jan 9, 2017
Heard a rumor that more key holds were broken on "big bad wolf "over the weekend by a group climbing too soon after the rain BigB
From Red Rock, NV
Joined Feb 18, 2015
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Jan 9, 2017
Well, we got into Vegas today. Straightlined to Red Rocks and paid the $7 entry. Had to check it out. Def wet. Soil moist, small sporadic pools of standing water. Fingers crossed that it will dry out in the next day or two.

Spent the day at Gun Club instead. Climbed most of the routes on the north side. Fun day!
oakwood-jones
Joined Mar 28, 2016
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Jan 9, 2017
There's a crag called the Rodeo Wall. Developed mostly by Gary Fike. Routes from 5.9 to 10c or d; all bolted 60 m rope. No info on Mountain Project. To get there drive out west on Cheyenne to Cliff Shadows Parkway and park at the Equestrian Center.

Cross the water retention and hike out the northern dirt tracks west and then north. Crag faces SE about 1.25 miles from the parking. Limestone is not very sharp. Some routes are protected from rain. I've climbed there when it's snowing.

Higher up the escarpment is an overhanging wall faces NE. Brian McCray has some harder routes in that area
Thomas Beck
From Las Vegas, Nevada
Joined Feb 5, 2006
660 points
Jan 10, 2017
Thomas Beck wrote:
Higher up the escarpment is an overhanging wall faces NE. Brian McCray has some harder routes in that area


Any more info on this? Is this it?

Rock Climbing Photo: Tall, steep wall somewhere below Summerlin Peak.
Tall, steep wall somewhere below Summerlin Peak.
Mike T
From Las Vegas, NV
Joined Feb 10, 2010
10 points
Jan 10, 2017
Local opinion on sport climbing at red rocks tomorrow (wed) afternoon? Good to go? Bad idea? Depends on area/aspect? oakwood-jones
Joined Mar 28, 2016
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Jan 10, 2017
oakwood-jones wrote:
Local opinion on sport climbing at red rocks tomorrow (wed) afternoon? Good to go? Bad idea? Depends on area/aspect?


Generally, if you're hiking through mud/damp sand to get to the crag, it's probably too wet. If it's dusty/sandy, it's fine.

Forecast is for wind tonight, so that could help, but more rain tomorrow through Friday.

Just kind of a wet winter this year. Sucks for us weekend warriors, I've been skiing the last 4 weeks because it's rained every Friday and Saturday! I'm headed to mammoth again this weekend, I think. Or Owens, maybe...
John Wilder
From Las Vegas, NV
Joined Feb 1, 2004
1,495 points
Jan 10, 2017
Mike T wrote:
Any more info on this? Is this it?


As cool as that wall looks from the valley floor...it becomes the "amazing shrinking cliff" as you approach it. It is not that tall, not very consistent (very blocky/ledgy) and not developed (to my knowledge). The wall to the right...which you can't see in your pic...is likely what Mr. Beck is referring to in the quote you reference.
dnoB ekiM
Joined Aug 20, 2009
1,095 points
Jan 11, 2017
oakwood-jones wrote:
Options in case of red rock rain


Drinking myself into a stupor until the rain stops and we've both dried out has always worked for me in the past.
Healyje
From PDX
Joined Jan 31, 2006
100 points
Jan 11, 2017
dnoB ekiM wrote:
As cool as that wall looks from the valley floor...it becomes the "amazing shrinking cliff" as you approach it. It is not that tall, not very consistent (very blocky/ledgy) and not developed (to my knowledge). The wall to the right...which you can't see in your pic...is likely what Mr. Beck is referring to in the quote you reference.

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You can find that high cliff using Google Maps: 36 13 12 x 115 21 35
I haven't been there personally.

The track leading past the Rodeo Wall is close to a gentle hill approach and the wall faces SE. It's backed against the escarpment so doesn't look like much from a distance. It might be here: 36 13 39 x 115 21 25

Another crag is called The Test Site. To get there, drive up Kyle Canyon Road (NV 157) about 7.7 miles. There is a speed marker at the turn off. Turn south and follow the dirt tracks..one way it's nice to have a 4WD but you can get there with a standard vehicle if you circle around. You end up on a flat bench with lots of expended shell casings. Hike down into the wash and hike east about a mile (past a slot canyon turn off). Then go south to find the crag. You'll cross a ridge. It's harder to keep your direction once you are in the wash. Best to spot the wall from the paved road and mark some landmarks.

Test Site: left to right. Crag faces NE
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