Red Rocks Rock Climbing
Jerry and I just spent an amazing week in Red Rocks rock climbing enjoying our time on the big routes in the canyons. Each spring we are both ready to escape the long, cold, ice climbing season in NH and make in March we break away to the sunny warm desert areas The Mohave desert in early spring is a perfect entry to the new season of rock climbing ahead. It’s right recipe for a solid and long climbing season to come. Our past winter full of ice climbing in NH with Mooney Mountain Guides combined with rock climbing specific training is yielded us both of us great results. Enjoy the photos and text of our spring Red Rock trip below.
Black Velvet Canyon is one of many canyons lined with long multi pitch face and crack climbs. This canyon is consider by many to have the best of Red Rock rock climbs and certainly some of the longest, one being the classic route Epinephrine. Jerry and I were hoping for good road conditions so we could frequent this area on the trip.
On our first day we climbed one of the moderates called Frogland. Jerry is pictured climbing on pitch two of this three star classic route. A fabulous route with 8 pitches of varied cracks and a few sections that involve tricky face climbing.
Jerry looks up to the Frogland chockstone on pitch 6. A unique pitch with a small triangular hole that one must climb through to advance upward on the route.
The Pine Creek area with the Risky Business wall in the center. Risky Business has some of the finest face climbing in the entire Red Rock area. This route has deep brown colored sandstone that is solid and well protected. The climbing is quite intricate and requires your full attention. I choose this route for Jerru and I as it is truly on of my favorite Red Rock rock climbing routes.
Jerry on and sending the first difficult moves on Risky Business.
The second pitch ramps up in difficulty a bit more. The steep thin cracks with traversing face moves kept Jerry and I on the go. No letting the attention drift on this climb, one must stay totally focused. We took Risky to the upper pitches of Dark Shadows and topped out after nine pitches of climbing for a fantastic full day in Pine Creek.
On our third day we entered the Black velvet Canyon once again. Dream of Wild Turkeys was on the to do route list. The above photo show the wall just left of center which we climbed then descended back down to the valley bottom.
We climbed the first 7 pitches of DOWT. Jerry is pictured on the crux pitch a long crack corner which ends in this section of delicate slab moves to the anchor.
Both photos are Jerry high on the route DOWT.
Another day in Black Velvet here is Jerry and Terry getting in on some fantastic Red Rocks rock climbing. The route called Sour Mash was one of our favorites this week.
Our rest day ( short hike) involved some excellent single pitch routes at the Winter Heat Wall and above Jerry on lead on the Classic Corner and Art keeping it together on the Fox.
Winter Heat Wall – solid dark brown sandstone with numerous cracks to rock climb.
Triassic Sands in Black Velvet Canyon – Red Rock NV.
Triassic Sands a 5 pitch splitter crack climb with plenty of face options to help out when to movement gets tough. Long, steep and varied this route deserves the three star rating given by the Jerry Handren Guidebook.
Wow!!! This week was an absolutely fantastic rock climbing session!!!. For both Jerry and I our training paid off with six days of difficult Red Rocks rock climbs in the spectacular canyons.
Thank You – Jerry