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Rock Climb - Las Vegas / Red Rocks
By Frank Nederhand
| Trip Report
Wasatch Mountain Club
Red Rocks Nevada Climbing
Presidents Day Weekend
On Friday February 12th, 2016 WMC members Tyler Papulak and Frank A. Nederhand left the icy fog of the Wasatch front to the warm, sunny and clear skies of Las Vegas, Nevada. The pair stayed in the overflow camping area of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area’s (RRCNCA) camp ground
On Saturday morning negotiating the crowds entering the RRCNCA’s free access weekend we parked at the second pullout of the 13-mile scenic loop road. Our destination was the Red Book area of the Calico Hills. A 1.5 mile and 600 vertical elevation gain on improved and unimproved trails to the base of the beautiful two pitch Traditional Climb “The Red Book.” Pitch 1 is YDS 5.6 and the second pitch is YDS 5.8.
Kudos go to Tyler for doing his first Traditional (TRAD) lead, flawlessly climbing the first pitch. Frank then topped out leading the exciting 2nd pitch.
On Sunday February 14, 2016, we drove on the Scenic Loop to the Pine Creek Canyon parking lot and headed for the Straight Shooter Wall. On the way we were fortunate to see the allusive Desert Bighorn Sheep.
Tyler and Frank were able to climb the first pitch of the classic finger crack that the wall was named after “Straight Shooter” YDS 5.9+. They finished the day by top roping “Topless Twins” YDS 5.9.
Monday morning was another beautiful day, making it hard to head back home to the winter that awaited us in Utah. We all hope to return soon for more fun in the sun.
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