I spent a few weeks at Red Rocks in November and over new years. In November I climbed with my buddy Josh whom I met at Red Rocks last April. Josh was just a fledgling leader at the time but now is climbing as hard as me. We climbed a lot and got on a few classic routes, some of which lived up to their reputation, others not (mainly Chrimson Chrysallis). The two that did live up to their rep and rocked my world were Levitation 29 and Cloud Tower. Those are two routes I would go back and do again and again, if it weren't for the grueling approach.
Over New Years I got to meet and climb with a lot of new people, which was great. We didn't climb anything too long as the days were short, but I did get on a few short routes that pushed my limits, such as Desert Reality, pictured below.
The thin crack leading up to the roof is 12d and called Desert Crack. The roof, called Desert Reality, after the similar Yosemite route Separate Reality, is about 20 feet long and goes at 5.11c/d. If you link the two together it is called Desert Gold and goes at 5.13. Awesome. We traversed in just under the roof from the left.
Looking down at Desert Crack
The start of Desert Reality.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Hanging out under the giant roof. Desert Reality 5.11c
Looking lost after my glasses fall 500 feet to the ground.
Finished up the climb, but my partner led the rest. Unimpeachable Groping 5.10b, 8 pitches.
Leading a 5.11b sport route at the Stratocaster wall.
Toproping some 11a
This was a nice 10a at the brass wall
The new years eve crew. From left to right, Senor Jtree, Lucas, Levi, Alejandro, and Brian. picture by Alejandro the Spaniard
The OG driving crew and my badass truck. From left to right, Brian, Angelo, Levi, and Lucas
A climber on Eagle Dance. This was taken while Josh and I were climbing Levitation 29. The Eagle wall is perched way up high in the back of Oak Creek Canyon. It has beautiful rock, amazing views, hosts a slew of classic routes, and is a pain in the ass to hike to.
Josh workin hard to fight the pump just after the 11c crux on Levitation 29. Look at the intensity in his face. 5.11c is near my limit, but the numerous bolts on the route make it seem much easier, at least psychologically
Josh reaches the top of the over-hyped Chrimson Chrysalis, 5.8, still beautiful, though I wouldn't climb it again.
You can really get a sense of the scale of the place with these two photos
The finishing moves on Triassic Sands, 5.10b, one of my favorite climbs in Red Rocks.
The beautiful corner of Dark Shadows, 5.8.