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Whiskey Peak - East

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Whiskey Peak - East Rock Climbing 

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The lower eastern shoulder of Whiskey Peak is composed of the Lazy Buttress and several small faces that are to the left of the big white rockfall scar. There are many good moderate trad climbs in this area.

Several routes here end on or near the large platform called Lovers' Ledge. The easiest descent route crosses to the far side of the brushy gully behind the ledge, then goes up for 50 yards to the standard Whiskey Peak descent gully. This can be followed down and east, eventually wrapping around the base of the wall to the approach trail.

Getting There 

Walk west on the trail from the parking area. At the mouth of the canyon, the trail splits; take the uphill (left) branch directly up to the base of the wall. The trail reaches the rock immediately under Schaeffer's Delight.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.5 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Whiskey Peak - East

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Whiskey Peak - East:
Microbrew   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Lazy Buttress   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   
Schaeffer's Delight   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   
Ballantine Blast   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   
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Microbrew 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a  NV : Red Rock : ... : Whiskey Peak - East
This 1 pitch route climbs the crack left of Schaeffer's Delight. It is the left hand route (A) in the photo above. This climb lies directly above you as you approach Frogland (before you traverse right on the final ledge). Pass the base of Schaeffer's Delight and belay behind a huge block.Step off the huge block and onto the wall. Climb up the crack until you reach a bolt. Above, the crack looks hard, certainly harder than 5.5. Do not get in the crack! I face climbed to the right of the c...[more]   Browse More Classics in NV

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By Larry Graham
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 22, 2015
Just a head's up to those ending at Lover's ledge. The Handren book, as excellent as it is, does not describe the descent from there. It is important to know that the gully just below is NOT the same descent gully as for other Whiskey Peak descents. You need to scramble UP that gully a ways (as mentioned above in the intro to Whiskey Peak East) to intersect the "Frogland descent gully" which is well marked with cairns and a fairly easy descent down and back around to the north and the base of various climbs. We made the mistake yesterday of going DOWN the gully below the ledge. This was pretty dangerous, with much loose rock. It has been traveled and there is a needed rap station near the end but definitely not the best way to go.