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David C

Trad climber
UK
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 1, 2017 - 11:04am PT
Hi,
Apart from Joshua Tree, is there much good climbing between LA and Vegas? We are a bunch of Brits visiting in March and wondering whether to fly to Vegas or LA (much cheaper).
Thanks
j-tree

Big Wall climber
Typewriters and Ledges
Nov 1, 2017 - 11:49am PT
Taquitz and Suicide.

Other smaller crags as well
Riverside Quarry is good for sport climbing (and aid as well)
New Jack City as well for sport

donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Nov 1, 2017 - 11:53am PT
If you are flying into LA itís probably best to head right to RR. JT and Tahquitz/Sucicide are a bit out of the way. You can drive from LAX to RR in under five hours if you avoid LA rush hour traffic.
John M

climber
Nov 1, 2017 - 12:06pm PT
The distance isn't that great. At least not by American standards. I understand that Europeans aren't used to driving that far. ( At least according to my friends in Sweden ) But in America 5 hours of driving isn't that far. So it comes down to what you want, how long that you have, and whether you are renting an auto. And if you can spend part of two days doing the drive between LA and Las Vegas. Remembering that many companies won't rent to people under 25, or charge higher prices.

So what is your hoped for plan?

Flying in to LAX, or Burbank, renting a car, driving to Joshua tree and climbing a few days, then heading on to Red Rocks, climbing there, then driving back to LAX is not a bad plan.

phylp

Trad climber
Upland, CA
Nov 1, 2017 - 02:16pm PT
It depends on how precious the climbing time is to you vs spending the extra bucks.
While the driving time between LAX and Vegas isn't bad IF THERE IS NO TRAFFIC, the only good times for getting out of LAX and heading east would be from about 8PM, or at about 10 AM, due to commuting congestion.
Just last week my niece, who goes to school right near LAX, left her Campus at 4:40 PM and it took her 2 hr 40 minutes to get to my house 55 miles away, taking the same route you would be taking going from LAX to Vegas.

Add to this the massiveness and slowness of LAX, you could spend 2.5-3 hours deplaning, getting your bags and going thru customs. Vegas has a pretty small and efficient airport.
Figure on losing a whole day of climbing on each end of your trip if you fly into LAX.

It is cheap though. My friend Andy just visited from the UK and flew RT Heathrow-LAX for about $550. We drove to Red Rocks the next day. His conclusion was if there was any way to get tix directly into Vegas, that is what he would do next time.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Nov 1, 2017 - 02:24pm PT
The back roads from LA to Vegas are much more interesting than the 15 Freeway, and goes through JTree.
10b4me

Mountain climber
Retired
Nov 1, 2017 - 02:35pm PT
If your priorities are climbing, I would say fly to Vegas, rent a car, and drive to Jtree. Spend a few days climbing, then drive back to Vegas, and climb in RR. The traffic between Jtree, and Vegas is virtually non existent.
If you want to sightsee, then best bet is to fly to LA.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 1, 2017 - 03:09pm PT
Todd Gordon has a lot of info on this. Maybe he will post up.

edit: my suggestion is to fly into Ontario or Vegas. LAX may be less expensive but is a huge pain in the arse. Phoenix may be another option. What are your main goals?

Rubidoux has some good bouldering. Big Rock has good slab climbing and a few cracks, mostly one pitch, but there are a couple of two pitch cliimbs. They are pretty greasy. There is a quarry near Rubidoux but I've never been there, so have no usefull information. As 10b4me said, if you want to see LA, LAX may be okay. I hate that airport though and don't understand why anyone would spend time in either LA or Vegas.

2nd edit: Vegas is a good party town and red rocks with stellar climbing is nearby.

3rd edit: the drive from SoCal to Vegas can be crazy nerve wracking from Thursday to Monday. It is basically one stupid conga line for 200 miles.
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Nov 1, 2017 - 05:55pm PT
If you want to go someplace and have it all to yourself there's Christmas Tree Pass near Laughlin, Nevada. Old school run out slab climbing mostly. Some very challenging stuff there.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Nov 1, 2017 - 06:03pm PT
https://www.mountainproject.com/v/clark-mountain/109963875
TLP

climber
Nov 1, 2017 - 06:22pm PT
Another piece of relevant information is to consider the weather. In the UK or the continent, you just climb in bad weather if you want to climb. But desert sandstone, including Red Rocks, is softened when wet and for a day or two afterwards (or longer, depending on sun exposure). Consequently holds break and climbs get damaged. So if it's sketchy weather, stick to J Tree or other out of the way non-sandstone climbing. Have fun! And it is no longer true that all beer in the U.S. is piss beer. There is a lot of good beer of every variety nowadays, albeit a huge excess of IPAs.
AP

Trad climber
Calgary
Nov 1, 2017 - 07:11pm PT
It is better to fly into Vegas. Car rental is cheaper. Getting out of town is easy.
Climb at both Red Rocks and J Tree. The back road drive is amazing. Stop and hike at Kelso dunes.
Driving around LA is no fun.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 1, 2017 - 07:29pm PT
Donít rent a car at any airport if you can avoid it, but LAX is expensive.
Just do what most Angelenos do - steal one.
I thought flights to Vegas from Olde Blighty were cheap?
D2R2

Sport climber
Earth
Nov 1, 2017 - 07:57pm PT
This is funny. You got an older climber sort from Colorado telling you to drive in under 5 hours from LA avoiding traffic rush hour, hahaha. And then a bunch of you guys are suggesting to a couple of Brits that they should go to New Jack City, Riverside Quarry and Rubidoux? That is a shitty line up of crags to recommend to some brits. Great if you live there, but they said 'worthy' for traveling brits, that list is barely worthy for anyone other than those who live nearby.
phylp

Trad climber
Upland, CA
Nov 1, 2017 - 08:42pm PT
D2R2 I pretty much agree with you.
From my house to Vegas is 3.5 hours when I go, on my retiree schedule. New Jack is directly on route but I certainly wouldn't stop there as a destination. I love it as a day trip crag, but Not a destination crag. J tree is a worthy destination but it's not on route unless you are on the scenic tour leisure plan.
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Nov 1, 2017 - 08:44pm PT
Serious question:

How much "cheaper" to LAX???
Driving LA to Vegas really sucks if you don't know the ins and outs.
The gas might cost you the difference.

Might be better to fly to Vegas and just stay there. There's only like... 3000 great routes.

How long will you be here?

New Jack City is the only semi- decent climbing that is sort of in between the two cities without having to drive too far out of the way. Joshua Tree could be a side trip from either city. Taquitz/Suicide would probably eat up too much time in transit and weather will be ???.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Nov 1, 2017 - 08:47pm PT
If you climb just at RR youíll be fine.
AP

Trad climber
Calgary
Nov 1, 2017 - 09:06pm PT
Have you been to the general area before?
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 1, 2017 - 09:53pm PT
Suicide and Tahquitz in March are pretty iffy. I threw out Rubidoux and Big Rock as possibilities. Both are a short drive off the 60 FWY. I don't consider them destinations, but if you want to kill a few hours they are worth the detour.

edit: D2R2- if you don't have anything constructive to add, STFU.
D2R2

Sport climber
Earth
Nov 2, 2017 - 07:16am PT
That was totally constructive. Iím helping those guys to not waste their time. Big Rock? Are you phuckiní kidding? Once again, great if you are a fledgling noob or live close by and need a fix but you are only going to embarrass yourself with those rediculous suggestions. Tahquits/ suicide and josh are the only worthy Ďdestinationsí between LA and Vegas and as has been said Tahquitz and Suicide are a little out of the way. So that leaves Josh with a quick backroad drive to RR.
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