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Tuna and Chips Wall

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Albacore Man T,S 
Chips Ahoy T 
Chips and Salsa T 
Dolphin Safe T,S 
Fishbreath T 
Minnow, The TR 
Sierra Club Tower TR 
Tuna and Chips T 
Tuna Cookies T 
Waterstreak T,TR 

Tuna and Chips Wall Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,994'
Location: 36.14846, -115.42939 View Map  Incorrect?
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The Tuna and Chips Wall offers the longest routes at the First Pullout. The routes range from 5.3 to 5.10 and can be 200 feet long. The wall is south facing so it is a good location to climb on those cool days when you are looking for a warm place to climb.

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

Getting There 

The approach for the Tuna and Chips Wall is the same as for the Dog Wall, but instead of turning out of the side canyon continue up canyon to the base of the Tuna and Chips Wall.

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Weather station 0.7 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Tuna and Chips Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Tuna and Chips Wall:
Chips and Salsa   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   
Sierra Club Tower   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
Tuna and Chips   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 230'   
Dolphin Safe   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   
Tuna Cookies   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 230'   
Albacore Man   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
The Minnow   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Waterstreak   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 230'   
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Chips and Salsa 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a  Nevada : Red Rock : ... : Tuna and Chips Wall
What can I say? At 5.3 most will think this trivial and in fact it is well suited for a solo, date climb or neophyte first lead. But as 5.3 routes go, it really is a pretty nice climb.Locate the prominent cleft that that bisects the Tuna and Chips Wall. Tuna & Chips goes up the left side of the wall and Tuna Cookies the right. Chips and Salsa starts behind a large block at the bottom of the cleft at a low angle crack. Waterstreak goes up the obvious polished feature to the right. Face clim...[more]   Browse More Classics in Nevada

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Rock Climbing Photo: First Pullout Overview
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Rock Climbing Photo: Run Out 1st Bolt
BETA PHOTO: Run Out 1st Bolt
Rock Climbing Photo: My man Brent about to do the 100' rappel into the ...
My man Brent about to do the 100' rappel into the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Approaching Tuna and Chips Wall, through native sc...
Approaching Tuna and Chips Wall, through native sc...
Rock Climbing Photo: 'Tuna and Chips' wall is the set of twin towers in...
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Rock Climbing Photo: Kent Korbell follows on Tuna And Chips Wall. Can't...
Kent Korbell follows on Tuna And Chips Wall. Can't...
Rock Climbing Photo: View from the parking Lot
BETA PHOTO: View from the parking Lot

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By Jason D. Martin
Apr 7, 2006
On the far left hand side of the Tuna and Chips Wall on the upper tier there is a set of bolts and chains. One can easily descend from the Panty Wall down to the Tuna and Chips Wall via a single rappel from these chains.

By Brian Hench
From: Costa Mesa, CA
Mar 16, 2009
It would appear that most of the bolts here were placed on lead, so run outs are the norm. There are some routes that will really get your attention.
By Cunning Linguist
May 31, 2011
More bolts are apparently needed by Markk. Those of us who are happy with the bolt counts as put up by the first ascentionists and who accept the challenges presented by these routes do not need more bolts. Perhaps what these climbs need is respect, not retrobolts. This is not a sport wall. This should not be a sport wall. This will not be a sport wall. We have those already. Enjoy the unique challenges that each route offers you, and you will grow and learn. There are a lot of different versions of "safety" and for most people climbing big rocks is not it. If you need a bolt every six feet to enjoy a climb, do everyone a favor and climb in places that have what you need. Retrobolting in Red Rock is not a long-term strategy. Respect the first ascentionists and the era these routes were put up in. Bolting the hell out of every easy climb possible simply leaves leaders high and dry later on when they get runout on classics out in the canyons where the nearest help is far, far away. Tuna and Chips is a good wall for solid leaders to experience a flavor altogether different from the Panty Wall, and that's a good thing.
By Cunning Linguist
Jun 29, 2011
"More bolts are needed" sounds like retrobolting advocacy to me. Maybe I'm sensitive about it after the Adventure Punks mess I've been cleaning up. I hear what you're saying, and agree with you that safety, sanity, some of those routes, and my own relevancy and/or literacy/sobriety/stick-like family tree may come into question. No problem with people being real about when things are runout, most of those routes are.
By Eric-D
From: Las Vegas, nv
Jul 31, 2011
Map to the Tuna and Chips wall for anyone who needs it.
By Chris DeSantis
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 19, 2013
i lead this route over the weekend and the 1st bolt 40+ feet off the deck certainly presents a potential danger. if any of the holds broke off (thin sandstone does do that from time to time) before the first clip, the fall would take you past the large block that juts out at the base and another small boulder at the landing. it would not be a clean fall!

i did find a shallow, horizontal pocket where you could place a medium TCU to protect before you get to the first bolt. however, after that, if you peel before you clip the second bolt you will deck anyway. certainly a gut check route, however there are sparse but possible placements if you get creative with tiny gear.

very deserving of the "R" rating.
By micah richard
From: Litchfield, Connecticut
Apr 10, 2014
This wall has exactly the right combination of poor rock quality (holds that break), and poorly protected ground fall potential, that could easily put you in the hospital. Roll the dice! it's vegas baby!
By JK-
From: SLC
Nov 6, 2016
Whole bunch of new, mostly easy, sport routes have sprung up to the left of sierra club tower. As far as I know these aren't on MP, but if they are it's under another area, which wouldn't make sense (but also wouldn't be the first time).

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