Last weekend, I went to Red Rocks outside of Las Vegas with 5.10 athlete Nick Bradley, climbing buddy Cameron Read and my little brother Ethan. We spent most of the time projecting at the Gallery Wall, but also spent a day at the Tsunami Wall. We tried the Black Corridor, but since it had the only shade that afternoon, it was a zoo. It was my first time at Red Rocks, so I didn't expect to send anything serious. But then I saw Nick on-sight Minstrel in the Gallery (5.12b). He recommended that I give it a try...
Sometime around last month a trip to Red Rocks in Las Vegas was being planned. Red Rocks is literally, red sandstone, with nice moderate routes ranging from 5.9 to 5.13c (8a+). With rope season starting up, I thought it would be a good opportunity to go try to on-sight and flash as many routes as I could. So, just last week we all set out on the nine-hour trip to Nevada
At the beginning of this month I went to Red Rocks, NV. Which is one of my favorite places to climb. I love the sandstone, the amazing incut crimps, and the proximity to Las Vegas. Although the weather was much cooler than I expected, especially in the canyons. I was able to climb at the Kraft Boulders, in the sun, every day. Paul and I were shown some new development up Gateway Canyon. One of the new problems is a fun little V6 called Three Steps to the Door. I got the FFA!
I was the little baby with the tie-dye beanie sitting in the sand at the base of The Galley, popping little red stones into my mouth 3 at a time. I loved the way the tasted. They way the rubbed against my gums. My parents never intervened when i was "tasting" nature. They always told me it would "strengthen" my immune system. Like most 1 year olds I didn't know what an Immune System was, I just liked the rocks.
A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be able to hitch a ride down to the Red Rock Rendezvous and meet some of the five.ten crew. Other than being an incredibly awesome experience and meeting with old friends; I managed to be able to get a little rock climbing in as well. My experience with Vegas has always been the standard Red Rocks arrival; however this time around I was able to meet up with my old friend Andy and he decided to take me up to Mt. Potosi. If there...
For the past week I have been climbing in Red Rocks, Nevada enjoying the warm desert temps. The climbing here is world class and every day is a new adventure. There are so many routes here that its hard to stay focused on one route and immediately I abandoned the thought of projecting routes. Instead I focused on sending 13’s within a few tries and exploring the classic sport routes scattered around Calico Basin.