A couple weeks ago, I made the spontaneous decision to travel to Las Vegas for some climbing. I had never climbed near Las Vegas, but Red Rock was high on my climbing bucket list. I climbed for a couple days in Red Rock Canyon and Mount Charleston, which were complete opposites in terms of the atmosphere. Red Rocks offered beautifully sculpted sandstone, huge huecos, warm sunshine, and plenty of fellow climbers. Mt. Charleston, on the other hand, provided pristine limestone, tiny textured holds, brisk winds, and peaceful solitude. I climbed routes all over the spectrum at Red Rocks, but Mt. Charleston had more 5.14 climbs than I’d ever seen in my life. It was amazing to see the complete change of scenery in such a short drive. After this trip, I learned that Las Vegas is central to many different climbing areas. You can drive to the Virgin River Gorge in an hour, and you can reach Mt. Clark and Utah Hills in 1.5 hours. Needless to say, Las Vegas is a great location for any climber, and I can’t wait to go back for another visit. In one week, I met so many inspirational and authentic people that it reminded me why I fell in love with climbing in the first place. As my soul vacation comes to a close, I leave with a rekindled passion and fresh perspective on climbing.
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