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Western Spaces Wall Rock Climbing 

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This magnificent varnished wall could be considered the western continuation of the Black Velvet Wall. The approach is rather more involved, of course, and this seems to have limited its popularity.

Getting There 

Walk in on the main Black Velvet trail and follow it into the southern branch of the canyon. Scramble up the short wall and continue up canyon past the start of Epinephrine. About two or three hundred yards past Epineprine, the canyon is again split (this time by a formation called the Corduroy Ridge). The left branch is the one we want. To reach it, you must climb a smooth, low-angle friction slab. There are several protection bolts on this short pitch.

At the top of the slab, there are three main choices: A ledge system leads left (east) toward Great Expectations. On the right, a thin crack in the east-facing slab is the beginning of the Corduroy Ridge route. Between the two, a slot canyon leads west to the main part of the Western Spaces Wall. This is a bit of a canyoneering project that may be helped by assorted fixed ropes of uncertain antiquity. When you have progressed beyond the initial steep sections, the slot canyon is again blocked by a waterfall. If you are looking for a route which is still further upcanyon, watch on the right (north) side for an exit onto an expansive friction slab. Follow this west to the area you need. (The spectacular photo of the Breathing Stone was taken from this slab).

CAUTION!!! The constricted nature of this canyon can be a serious hazard in stormy or flash flood conditions.

Climbing Season

For the Black Velvet Canyon area.

Weather station 3.4 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Western Spaces Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Western Spaces Wall:
The Breathing Stone   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 8 pitches, 1300'   
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Featured Route For Western Spaces Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Bearing down on crimps on pitch 1.

Black Sun 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13  Nevada : Red Rock : ... : Western Spaces Wall
Overall, this is a fun route with some good pitches. A few “probably a really bad idea to fall right now” moments in 9-10a territory keep this from being a route I wholeheartedly recommend. You want to be solid at adventure climbing and plan on topping out. Bailing after the first pitch will cost you some gear. Pitch 1, 110' (10c) Climb a right facing corner (the left most) up to where the corner turns to the right. You’ll diagonal left across the face and three bolts and gear and finally up ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Nevada

Photos of Western Spaces Wall Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The slab above the slot canyon.
BETA PHOTO: The slab above the slot canyon.
Rock Climbing Photo: Another view of the canyoneering pursuits availabl...
Another view of the canyoneering pursuits availabl...
Rock Climbing Photo: The lower part of the WEstern Spaces Wall.
The lower part of the WEstern Spaces Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: The upper part of the Western Spaces Wall.
The upper part of the Western Spaces Wall.

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By Xavier Wasiak
From: Las Vegas, NV
Sep 7, 2015
There are some new lines to aid in getting up the canyoneering obtacles on the approach. Not sure who to give credit to, but maybe Tracy Martin and some other guides? If not you guys, then thanks to whomever did the work and effort. The common descent/rap anchors appear to be in decent shape considering their age but the slings are weather beaten. I did not have any with me, so I apologize I did not improve things any. Be careful. The last anchor gets drowned a lot I'm sure and does look rusty.
By Josh Janes
General Admin
Mar 3, 2016
Approaching this wall is much easier via the Corduroy Ridge: Immediately after scrambling up the initial bolted slab on the left, gain the ridge (do not continue up the canyon). Follow this (a couple exposed 5.0 moves here and there) until directly opposite and above the arch of The Breathing Stone. Hug the left edge of the ridge here and scramble down left into a notch continuing down slabs either directly and improbably to The Breathing Stone or more obviously slightly up canyon to Mr. Natural.

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