Thursday, December 29, 2011

Red Rock Trip

I just got my guidebook (Red Rocks, A Climber’s Guide)  and I am ready to leave tomorrow. But, I will wait until. lets’ say, the first week in March. March will be a tad warmer and have a bit more daylight than in February. (February here will be a long, dreary month for me. I know, it’s only 29 days, but still…)

The good news/bad news about the guidebook is there are too many climbs. Much of our decision on where to climb will be made for us because of the weather. (For example, some of the best climbs are in shady canyons. So, if it’s chilly or overcast, we will stick to sunny cliffs.) Another decision is how far you want to hike to get to the base of the climbs. Some of that might depend on how busy it is out there. But, even if it is busy, there will be lots to climb.

There are about two dozen trad climbs in the book rated 5.6 or less. So, if you want to try your hand at one or two pitch trad leads, this would be a great place..

This route is easy to find if you know where to look.  This photo is taken from the parking area. The easily identified route "Fender Bender" is just out of the frame to the left.  Approach by scrambling up the slab and dropping into the small gully beyond it.

There are a few two pitch sport climbs, like the one on the left, which would also be fun.

So, if you are still interested, let me know if the first week of March is good. (It can be a few days either side of the first week, but let’s pencil that week in.)

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