Monthly Archives: April 2012

Here we are at the beginning of The American Mountain Guides Rock guide course in Red Rocks. This is a ten day program designed to meet the needs of aspiring guides who wish to further their skills and guide high end longer more complex Grade 3 to 5 routes. Our itinerary is quite full with multiple days of guided climbs, additional clinics on short rope work, and aspirant testing with movement skills and rescue components. It is the middle of the course and we have just had a one day break due to rain, tomorrow we start up again for five days of multi pitch routes in the canyons of Red Rocks.

First day morning meeting at Red Springs Picnic Area.

Derek on the Fox a varied climb from fingers to offwidth with a stiff rating of 5.10+.

Derek leading the team midway on Group Therapy.

Jim cruising the final pitch of Purblind Pillar.

We meet this Ringtail Cat as we prepped for our second route at Angel Food Wall.

Yes it rains in the desert and cold weather usually follows. We ending our day early in Oak Creek canyon.

Today we rested to give the cliff a chance to dry out. It was a unplanned but welcomed break from the group.

Art Mooney

Red Rocks Nevada! This week was one ‘Motha’ of a shindig. We climbed everything from single pitch sport and traditional routes to big multi-pitch classics. Team Peppercom, Steve, Deivis, and Chris, plus Egyptian First Ascentionist, “Adel the Egyptian Stallion” joined us for 7 days of sun and fun. Las Vegas certainly delivers with perfect weather, and great climbing. The night life is pretty respectable as well. Hats off to the whole gang for their awesome performance!

Adel, the “Egyptian Stallion” topless in Las Vegas.

Sculpted backs, and one of many “First Egyptian Ascents” for Adel

Chris and Deivis showing off their battle wounds. Deivis, with the mummified fingers, is only moments away from a “Snorefest” at the first pitch belay on Geronimo.

Chris, rockin’ the Mammut backpack and jacket, on the last pitch of Geronimo!

Steve looking cool and demonstrating textbook chimney technique. On a perfect cragging day. This was as cloudy as it got in our 7 days together in Red Rocks.

Thank you for this fantastic experience.

Matt Ritter MMG Guide