Monthly Archives: October 2012

I’ve climbed in Red Rocks for twenty years and have never seen rain come down so hard. It was like being in a tropical storm on the east coast. In just a few hours the creeks rose up and the water started flowing into town. My phone alerted me through out the day with flash flood warnings in the area.

This morning we went to work in Calico Basin and this is what we viewed. After a few photos we drove through the debris to Red Springs Area. No climbing today as the fragile sandstone needs time to dry out. To make the most of the situation we taught clinics on transitions to the group of AMGA guides.

The weather looks to be sunny and warmer for the next week.

Art Mooney

The AMGA Rock Guide exam was held in the canyons of Red Rocks National Conservation Area. This is an amazing climbing venue with a large variety of varied multi pitch climbing routes. During this six day Rock Guide exam we focused on the long moderate climbs with technical face and spitter cracks pitches. Each of these climbs led our teams to seldom traveled summits high above the desert floor.

The photos below are all of one of the 50 Classic Climbs in North America – Epinephrine.

This 1200 foot climb requires a climber or guide to have mastery of a variety of climbing techniques.

Enjoy the photos of this spectacular climb!!!

The Black Velvet Wall. For perspective the Brown Wall in shade and sun is seven pitches in length.

Rainbow Wall deep in Juniper Canyon.

In the depths of Community Pillar.

Early approach to Epinephrine.

The morning sun lights up the wall in this orange glow.

Three solid chimney pitches ahead.

Climbers progress by using opposing pressure on both walls.

Brian climbing a crack and face  – just outside the chimney pitch.

The upper wall has face, corners and crack for a few hundred feet. Awesome climbing with big exposure.

A light pack is need for these longer routes. The Mammut Neon Light is the choice climbing backpack. Extremely light and packs up small, while its short, slim body and integrated gear loops make it ideal for rock or ice climbing.

Art Mooney