Having made a few quick trips to Red Rocks, NV over the past few years, I have always been well aware of the vast potential that the area holds, especially for hard bouldering. When I ventured back to the Las Vegas area for the month of February this year, I couldn’t help but wonder why it took me so long to return. Sunny, crisp days in the dead of winter with a massive supply of intriguing sandstone just a stones throw from one of the liveliest cities in America. Pretty much perfect. Upon arriving I went straight to work gathering info about potential projects in the area and researching potential new hotspots.
First Ascent of The Reflecting Pool V13 - Carlo Traversi
Located in a small canyon near Willow Springs, The Reflecting Pool was shown to me as a project by my good friend Paul Robinson, and over the course of a few days we worked out the moves together. The orientation of the features on the slightly overhung face made for some really interesting movement and the correct beta was slow to develop. The climbing is extremely unique. The right leg maintains a toe hook on the start hold for the majority of the moves and over time it proved to be a crux just keeping it on. In the end, I managed to keep the proper tension on the toe and execute the moves perfectly and a new problem was born.
While not the biggest or proudest line that I’ve ever put up, it certainly has some of the coolest movement. None the less, it is a worthy addition to the ever expanding collection of problems in Red Rocks and a great opportunity to test out the capabilities of the new Team Vxi.