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Panty Wall

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Black Lace S 
Boxer Rebellion S 
Brief Encounter S 
Butt Floss TR 
Butt Floss Left TR 
Cover My Buttress T,TR 
Eat My Shorts T 
Edible Panties T,TR 
Granny Panties TR 
Last Panty, The S 
Office Manager T,TR 
Office Party S 
Panty Line T,TR 
Panty Mime S 
Panty Prow S 
Panty Raid T 
Sacred Undergarment Squeeze Job S 
Silk Panties S 
Thong T 
Tighty Whities TR 
Totally Clips S 
Viagra Falls S 
Victoria's Secret TR 
Wedgie S 

Panty Wall Rock Climbing 

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Location: 36.14957, -115.42988 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: M. Morley on Feb 20, 2004

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


This area is popular because it has a host of moderates. To locate the Panty Wall look for the reddish wall with a large swath of varnish in the shape of black panties. The pine tree that used to be a landmark is no longer there.

All the routes on the Panty Wall are split between three separate walls. The first four climbs are on the separate formation that is uphill and to the left. The next routes are on the main wall and continue out the ramp to the right. The next three routes are on a blocky wall just past the last route.

[Reprinted with permission from Jed Botsford, Climbing Ranger - RRCNCA].

Getting There 

To get to the Panty Wall, follow the trail down to the rock outcropping and then turn left (west) and follow the trial down across the wash and up a hill. When you reach the top of the hill continue to follow the trail until you can drop into the wash and climb the slickrock slabs up to the wall.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.7 miles from here

24 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Panty Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Panty Wall:
Cover My Buttress   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch   
Panty Prow   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Brief Encounter   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Sacred Undergarment Squeeze Job   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Boxer Rebellion   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Black Lace   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 60'   
Panty Raid   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Panty Line   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
Edible Panties   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a X     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Panty Mime   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Totally Clips   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Viagra Falls   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Wedgie   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 65'   
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Panty Wall

Featured Route For Panty Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Midway on Silk Panties with fine varnished holds s...

Silk Panties 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  Nevada : Red Rock : ... : Panty Wall
Those who have never climbed on desert varnish will find this climb a splendid introduction. The "glued on " nature of varnished holds over sandstone provides a unique climbing experience, of which the right hand flake near the first bolt is a fine example. Remember, pull down and not out and don't climb when the rock is wet. One would hate to contribute to the destruction of such an amazing climbing area.Below the main wall, a flat ledge narrows and angles upwards the farther right you go. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Nevada

Photos of Panty Wall Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking west at the Panty Wall.
BETA PHOTO: Looking west at the Panty Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rap down Panty Prow (5.6)
Rap down Panty Prow (5.6)
Rock Climbing Photo: The chimney beneathe the Panty Wall, a fine place ...
The chimney beneathe the Panty Wall, a fine place ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbers on Panty Wall
Climbers on Panty Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: One of the 5.7s
One of the 5.7s
Rock Climbing Photo: Panty Wall
BETA PHOTO: Panty Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Panty Wall on a November day mid-week.
BETA PHOTO: Panty Wall on a November day mid-week.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dan leading a Brief Encounter (5.8)
Dan leading a Brief Encounter (5.8)
Rock Climbing Photo: panoramic from Panty Wall
panoramic from Panty Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking at the steep part of the Panty Wall
Looking at the steep part of the Panty Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: a nice shot up close of the wall.
BETA PHOTO: a nice shot up close of the wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking East at the panty wall.  Kinda chalky arou...
Looking East at the panty wall. Kinda chalky arou...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing at Panty Wall. Photo by Blitzo.
Climbing at Panty Wall. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sometimes the hardest part of climbing at the Pant...
Sometimes the hardest part of climbing at the Pant...
Rock Climbing Photo: view of first pullout from Panty Wall
view of first pullout from Panty Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Snowy Panty Wall pine tree. Dec 18, 2008.
Snowy Panty Wall pine tree. Dec 18, 2008.
Rock Climbing Photo: Checking the guidebook at the Panty Wall
Checking the guidebook at the Panty Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Outdoor artist Bonnie Kelso ( climb...
Outdoor artist Bonnie Kelso ( climb...
Rock Climbing Photo: The anchors to the right of the top of A Brief Enc...
The anchors to the right of the top of A Brief Enc...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing one of the 5.7s on the far right
Climbing one of the 5.7s on the far right
Rock Climbing Photo: First Pullout Overview
BETA PHOTO: First Pullout Overview
Rock Climbing Photo: Panty Wall, right side.
BETA PHOTO: Panty Wall, right side.

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By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Feb 20, 2004
This wall is nice, and has a lot of moderate well protected lines. It's a nice place for a novice sport leader to do some 8's, which is probably why it is so crowded. Still, it is worth a visit and if you can hit it on a weekday or moderate weather day there might not be a line for one of the more obscure lines there... The harder lines are not typically crowded, but don't expect to be alone.
By Claire
Apr 9, 2006
The climbs were great for beginning lead climbers. Although they were all pretty similar in structure, they were fun to do. I went shortly before and after the Rendezvous and it wasn't too packed, but there were enough people to where the rests between climbs got a little long. All of the routes definitely are well protected
By M. Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Dec 31, 2006
A great place to knock out a lot of pitches. Pretty easy to log a dozen routes in a half day. A good choice in winter months.
By Malcolm Daly
From: Boulder, CO
Dec 28, 2008
I looks like the pine tree at the base of the Panty Wall blew down on Christmas day, 2008.

By Tyson Anderson
From: SLC, UT
Apr 29, 2009
Exact crag location:
36.149842, -115.429970
By Christopher Michaelson
Sep 28, 2009
I visited Panty Wall on 9/27/2009.

Mike - yes, I concur that the tree is no longer standing. Climbers should *not* look for the tree when trying to find the route.

Tyson - you rock for posting the GPS coordinates and Google map. I wish we had these for all routes in Red Rock (many of these areas are difficult to locate).

As for Panty Wall itself, call me paranoid, but I decided to abort my climbs. The routes do look good, but I absolutely refuse to climb an area where my belayer is at risk of slipping or falling ... with no option of anchoring in. The ramp is downward and outward sloping, and made of slick sandstone. If you take a wrong step, you can easily fall off of the ramp and into a 15-20 foot crevace below (or up to 30' if you climb the right-most routes). There are no bolts in which to clip your belayer, and there is NOWHERE to place a cam, nut, sling, etc., at the base of the routes. Basically, your belayer's anchor point becomes the first bolt on the route, which can be between 8-12 feet off of the deck.
By Chris D
From: the couch
Dec 27, 2009
We climbed most of the bolted routes here the other day and the area is a lot of fun, sunny, warm, and just a short walk from the parking area.

Not to be a contrarian, but I honestly can't imagine being concerned about anchoring your belayer here, at least for the sport routes. You'd have to be drunk to fall off the belay ledge, and there's only one route where the bolt is high enough to be concerned, and that's an easy start for anyone who can climb 5.8. Frankly, I was surprised to see people stick-clipping the first bolts here, but then I don't do a lot of sport climbing.

We *did* see another group's toprope anchor half-fail on a fall on one of the trad routes, which was very scary, but not as scary as watching them continue to climb on the extended anchor without inspecting it! Some people's kids...
By Kurt Burt
Jul 30, 2010
Chris, honestly you should really consider giving up climbing if the base of the panty wall has you on edge. This is what causes excessive bolting and reto bolting of our routes. Chris there is plenty of places to place gear along the base or boulder up and clip the first bolt if you are so inclined to jump off a big ledge. But to call off the day because an inability to think is why a lot of us locals are fighting a losing battle with bolts popping up all over the place on some of our most coveted and prized routes.

Great wall, low key, can be busy, I guide there often. Have fun and use your head all will be good.
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Jul 30, 2010
I should actually comment that if you have a rack with you, there's plenty of opportunity to anchor your belayer along the sloping part of the ledge, but i also agree with the other postersin that its unlikely any fall off the ledge would ever actually occur.

More to the point, Panty Wall is full of people trying to kill themselves- seriously, if you ever want to go somewhere where people do not know what they are doing and are completely unaware of their situation, panty wall is where its at. And to my knowledge there has never been anyone who has fallen off that ledge.
By smassey
From: CO
Nov 10, 2010
I guide there quite a bit as well, and often anchor my clients, since some of them are also uncomfortable with their positioning on that ledge. A #3 C4 is more than adequate to anchor a belayer to on the three right-hand routes. If that does not feel adequate, more gear can be had, or the use of a stick-clip recommended. As Mr. Burt stated, this is not an area that needs retro-belayer-anchors.
By Eric-D
From: Las Vegas, nv
Mar 12, 2011
I don't know if this is useful to anyone. I may try to post gps tracks to the walls as I can.
By Eric-D
From: Las Vegas, nv
Jul 29, 2011
These routes are now sorted from left to right on the wall. The first 3 routes are on Panty Prow and the remainder are on Panty Wall. If anyone sees something out of order please let me know.
By Canon
Dec 13, 2012
Out here on 12/11/2012; Tons of garbage on the way up to the wall, crowded full of Canadians (they are very nice people!), and to the asshats who crammed the Wag Bag dispenser full of garbage - You are jerks.
By Antoine Horness
From: Tucson, AZ
Oct 25, 2014
My wife and I had a good time on our last day of a week of climbing. The routes were well protected and fun. We had shade until 10:30 am.
By Colton Nunley
Apr 6, 2016
I found a belay device during the week of March 13th-19th 2016 that someone appeared to have dropped off the ledge of Panty Wall. If you lost one, email ( me the brand and color so I know that its yours and your not trying to yank a free belay device from someone who lost it. I apologize for not commenting about this earlier!

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