Red Rocks has it all. Cracks galore all sizes and shapes, multi pitch face climbs up bullet hard sandstone, and Calico Hills a sport climbing mecca. Jerry and I have been sampling some of the best routes, one I would highly recommend is Ginger Cracks. Today we rose early with plans to be first on the route – this plan delivered we arrived and had a few moments to ourselves.

Ginger Cracks is a 7 pitch route up the northeast side of a pillar in Juniper Canyon. The route is steep and sustained with crack and delicate face climbing. This was a prize route that Jerry and I planned to climb together. We enjoyed the spectacular setting climbing high above the desert floor.

Our morning approach to Ginger Cracks.

The first pitch delivers a punch, jerry enters the wide part.

Jerry sorting out the thoughtful face climbing on pitch 2.

Roofs and cracks leading up to the crux pitch.

Success we climbed clean through the crux pitch.

The final pitch climbs the exposed arete high above the valley.

End of the day view of the Ginger Buttress.

It was a great day climbing with Jerry.

Art Mooney