Red Rocks Climbs

The odds are not in your favor in Las Vegas – the house always wins.

Each morning as we departed the LaQuinta Inn, Jerry and I hoped we would be ahead of the game. This idea begins at the start of each climbing day and continues right up to the end. Planning and preparation are certainly key components but there are times when luck is on your side.

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Early start times yield cool temperatures for the long approaches and the views of the Red Rock range can be magnificent.

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 Leading rock climbs is the ultimates experience for the climber.  For those who put in their time and stick with the sport, leading provides the finest moments. Movement comes in first, one must have experience and know how to climb and be solid with the level they are leading. Terrain assessment, this is the art of finding the traveled line. Next is technical systems, the kraft of protection or placing gear, this kraft requires a careful approach as one looks for solid rock, the right piece, and a surface that will secure gear to the wall. The mental focus needed is a huge component – to keep calm and cool only comes with years of practice and training.

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   Straight Shooter – Jerry is not a gambling man – he sends this piece to the chains.

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Physical Graffitti one of the areas finest moderate crack lines – with Jerry on the sharp end.

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The Conundrum Crag has three very nice sport routes. The crag is located behind Kraft Mountain and is a long enough approach from the cars that you may likely have the area all to yourself.

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Geronimo was the icing on the cake. Throughout the week Jerry refined his skills to put together this masterpiece of a lead. Five pitches of quality rock with the entire route void of bolts put Jerry to work. Finding the line, protecting the route, setting anchors, rope management all add up to a big day on the stone.

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 Fun climbing on cracks with steep pocketed rock on the sides.

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The prize Geronimo in full view.

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Red Rocks is one on the best multi pitch areas in the country. These canyon are loaded with climbs in full sun or shade. Climbers come here year round but you will find spring and fall to be the best.

The Green Wave?

That is when you pass through all the traffic lights on the way to the cliff – nice way to start the day.

Thanks Jerry for an amazing week together.

Art Mooney

Springtime awakens!!!

Our good friend Margie and niece Alyssa made time to visit Terry and I in the Red Rock Canyon area. There is so much to do in the Red Rock area so we did not have any idle time on our hands. Right off the planes we ventured out into the canyons to hike, to climb on the soft sandstone and to bask in the desert sun.

Margie arrived first – coming from the long winter in the Seattle area she was ready for the warm weather activities. Terry and Margie had a lot to catch up on as its been two years since our last get together. Boy how time flys.

Alyssa came in next and turned us on to Yoga on the Rocks. As an advanced yogi shen was able to demonstrate advanced inversion poses both on a rope and on the smooth slabs on rock at the base of the climbs. We in turn gave her some guidance on the stone. Alyssa picked up the transitions from ground yoga  poses to the rock movements on a vertical wall with ease.

The coolness of the morning air drew us out to the desert for hikes. The early morning light, long shadows,  brought a beautiful beginning to each day .

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Margie, Terry and I at the Bellagio Resort viewing the fabulous display of spring flowers.

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Margie getting reaquainted with the sandstone climbs – Red Rocks.

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Alyssa starting off with ease on a 5.9 route at Conundrum Crag.

 

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Alyssa – Shredding all Fear!!!

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These poses requires focus, balance, power, and grace.

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Early morning wake up hike.

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Terry – Art

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Great times with good friends and family.

Thanks Margie and Alyssa for putting some extra spring into our trip.

Art & Terry

For many of the visitors to Red Rocks the desert can be viewed afar as a bleak, dusty, barren area. It takes more than a drive through to fully appreciate what is out there just a short distance from the paved roads. On all our rock climbing trips there comes a time when we need a break from pulling down on the stone. These are the times we explore new areas and see what other activities are around. Today we took a hike in an area called Fossil Ridge that I have drove by many times – it was a short three mile circuit. Viewed from the road I never saw the beauty that lay up on this hillside – after all it was over by the gypsum mining area which we always avoided. The hike was amazing and we were treated with a beautiful display of desert flora.

Enjoy these amazing photos of the desert in spring bloom!!!

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This is the road side view most visitors see of the desert.

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As you leave the road the scene changes. Here the Mojave Yucca stands behind the blooming Globe Mallows.

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Desert orchids in bloom.

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Fossil Ridge

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Fish hook Cactus

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Fossils from the past.

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Fossil

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Barrel Cactus.

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Cholla Cactus.

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Barrel growing out of the rock.

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Hedgehog Cactus.

This spring rock climbing trip was Derek’s and my third one running for the Peppercom Team and friends in Red Rocks of Las Vegas.  Steve, Chris, Adel, Mark and Deivis were quite overdue for this warm weather vacation/break. The long lasting northeastern winter had certainly taken its affect on many of us and by now it was time to escape and have some fun climbing and adventuring in the desert.

The goals were set on day one by the team. It was decided that we have full days with lots of challenging rock climbing. Steep and technical sport routes, a few traditional lines with a mid week type break ascending Mt Wilson would keep us occupied for the five days. Right away the Wake Up wall kicked us into gear with a variety of climbing on slabs, cracks and overhangs. The Sunny and Steep Wall was next with a few burns on the steep climbs there and then a session on a little known route called the sport chimney which took on a sleeper type role for a 5.8 climb. These two days put smiles on everyones face and turned our eyes towards Mt Wilson.

How hard could it be to climb that peak – Mt Wilson?  The day was full of bush wacking, route finding, 3rd and 4th class terrain with a spring storm adding some additional excitement.  We titled the climb and day the 2014 Suffer fest as the First Creek Wash and overall Mt Wilson climb was no easy undertaking.

A few more days of cragging on the cracks and steeps routes at Cannibal Crag, the Black Corridor, and Physcial Graffiti rounded out the week nicely.

It was another fantastic spring break for us all. The desert is in bloom, the sun was high and warm, and there were lots of climbers around to meet and hang out with.

Enjoy the photos of our 2014 spring trip. If you are interested in a fun time on the sandstone rocks just outside Las Vegas get in touch. We are planning our October fall climbing days and weeks at this tim

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Arrival at the wake Up wall.

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Chris relaxing at the Sunny And Steep crag

“It was an awesome trip – probably the best yet!  And Mount Wilson, aka ‘suffer fest 2014,’ was some legit type 2 fun.”

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Deivis pulling down at Sunny and Steep

“Ditto. I can’t wait for the next adventure. These trips just get better every year.”

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Chris on a 5.10c – how hard can this be!!!

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Steve aka Repman and Chris on Mt Wilson

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Margie and terry escaping the spring snow shower on Mt Wilson.

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 Long arduous climb above the wash.

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Hey guys,

Just sitting here at my desk, looking out my office window at the lingering snowbanks, and thinking about the warm(er) desert!  I really appreciate the continuing opportunities to climb with you all, so thank you once again. I look forward to the next round of team Cody time soon. Until then…

Cheers, Derek – MMG Guide

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Adel – Mammut logos on his gear.

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 CIO Deivis and CEO Steve of Peppercomm.

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Mark silhouetted  on Caliban at Cannibal Crag.

“Great times as always everyone. I had a blast. Art and Derek you guys are awesome. I can’t wait till the next adventure! Next time were gonna beat Mt. Wilson’s ass haha.”

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Adel raising the bar on a tough 5.10 at Cannibal Crag.

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Red Rock Canyons.

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Morning warm up on – Turtle Mountain.

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Thanks guys it was a great week with you all.

I’m looking ahead to climbing with you this spring and summer in the northeast – at the Gunks, Rumney, North Conway and Acadia.

Art Mooney

Mooney Mountain Guides