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Boulder climber
Feb 11, 2013 - 06:32am PT
Frogland is is Epinephrine ( prob my favorite).... Red rock is SWEEEEET!!

Trad climber
Pollock Pines, California
Feb 11, 2013 - 08:10am PT
im thinking of my coherts
out upon the road,
enroute upon a binge of sends,

as i strap in for a monday
morning grind of
feeding the circling sharks.

enjoy your trip, gents.
Big Mike

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 11, 2013 - 08:34am PT
Thanks everyone!

Thanks weege. It's awesome to see that we can have a difference of opinion and still be nice to each other! :)

All the routes look awesome! Keep em coming!!
Big Mike

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 11, 2013 - 08:52am PT
Hey Weege. Feed the sharks, don't become food! ;)

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Feb 11, 2013 - 09:12am PT
+1 Cookie Monster has awesome steep climbing.

A fun jug haul and keen way to pass early traffic on Cat in the Hat - plus you still get the summit pitch which is prolly the best pitch on Cat anyways.


Trad climber
Somewhere near Red Rocks
Feb 11, 2013 - 09:44am PT
If you do the long hike to Brownstone, you can get a full day of sun and climbing you won't forget on Armatron (walk off).
Armatron.  You get almost 3 full pitches of this type of amazing rock.
Armatron. You get almost 3 full pitches of this type of amazing rock.
Credit: thedogfather
One of our favorites. Also we love Black Magic and Dark Shadows. If going to Dark Shadows then hit the first two pitches of Y2K on the way in or way out. It has a 10a crux but that has a bolt right on the lip of the small roof you climb and the rest of that climb is classic 5.8. Rawlpundi is the route left of Birdland and worth doing. Also in the area is the great single pitch climb "Topless Twins"
Topless Twins
Topless Twins
Credit: thedogfather

For a big adventure, Black Orpheus is a full day.

Social climber
North Vancouver BC
Feb 11, 2013 - 10:20am PT
If you get tired of RR or need a change, I'll be down in Joshua Tree for the winter.

My top choice in easy 5.10 would be A Dream of Wild Turkey. Bring warm cloths for Crimson Chrysalis, I've been snowed off in April.
Big Mike

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 11, 2013 - 11:21am PT
Wow! I'm always super impressed with the responses I get. Thanks guys!! The routes suggested so far look amazing!! Thanks for the pics Ghost and thedogfather!!!

I made it to the airport, with plenty of time to spare!

Hopefully Bruce is at the terminal in Richmond by now.


Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Feb 11, 2013 - 11:27am PT
Rock Warrior is worth it.
Eric Beck

Sport climber
Bishop, California
Feb 11, 2013 - 11:43am PT
A chinese spot we found by accident, China Joes, a local chain with several outlets. Cheap and good.

Feb 11, 2013 - 12:10pm PT
+1 for the fox, but take a couple of big pieces or find yourself walking 1 along near the top.

Red Zinger, 10+ creek style 2 shortish pitches. I second y2k on way to dark shadows to the top, you wont find a topo on the last say 6 pitches +/- to the top but just keep going up its good and empty and the descent is tricky but a good adventure too and just plain cool wondering around up on those terraces.

Dream of wild turkeys goes to the top too, but no one ever does it, and you probably wont find a topo for that bit either.

Triassic sands. Wholesome full back, and that killer thing on the right of the wholesome fullback route, 'Our father' I think its called, really good 10+ creek-ish final pitch, that can be tr'd when rapping Wholesome Fullback if you don't want to do the whole route (I recommend the whole route)

Also if its warm Frigidaire buttress, ice box canyon.

Ah man I'm wishing I was going there too! Have fun, let us know if our list made the cut when you get home.
this just in

north fork
Feb 11, 2013 - 12:14pm PT
Oh Sh#t, live TR in progress. Never been to RR, so can't give any beta, but cosmic might be in town and pretty sure he'd play the tour guide. PM me if you need his phone number. Have fun man!
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Feb 11, 2013 - 12:28pm PT
I did Brownstone in February and could've used a headlamp for the hike out,..

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Feb 11, 2013 - 09:08pm PT
If you go all the way to brownstone, get an overnight pass and do Requiem for a Tadpole also... that climb was super sweet too with a bolted 5.9 pitch if you want to go around the chimney...

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Feb 11, 2013 - 09:10pm PT
Have a blast! Love your tick list. Sounds like every hot bar on the strip!


Feb 11, 2013 - 09:52pm PT
my advice is to get a late-exit pass even if you're just cragging. might as well use up all the winter sun and not worry about getting locked in. i threw my back out at the brass wall one day and it took forever for me to walk out. we barely missed lock-down and talked the ranger into letting us go since i was all gimped up. it's nice to just be able to climb as long as you want and not worry about having to get back before six. i haven't been there in almost ten years, though so maybe things have changed.

vvv edit: yes, definitely do triassic sands. excellent exposure, not as hard as it looks from below. do wholesome fullback afterwards if you got some juice left
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Feb 11, 2013 - 10:01pm PT
If you go to Black Velvet Canyon, you absolutely must do Triassic Sands. Does a hand crack on an arete sound fun, or what !?!?

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Feb 11, 2013 - 10:24pm PT
Yer gonna......

Have a blast!

If you have some spare time, shoot me a message. We always like to meet Taco folks when they are in town!

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Feb 11, 2013 - 10:42pm PT
Da Lat for pho and other Vietnamese and Mint Bistro for Indian. My favorite ethnic places down there.

Dogfather, thanks for the photos of Brownstone. i haven't made it out there yet and there's a few things there on my hit list. Plus it's sunny.

Big Mike a lot of the stuff people are recommending is in the shade all day. For right now? Could be OK or could be frigid.

My recommendation might be to get up really early, do the classics on the sunny side in your grade range but then do another 1-2 routes in the area and triple your pitch count for the day.

E.G. I personally love Birdland, but then I'd also go over and do Dark Shadows or go to the right and do topless twins, mushroom people and bush pilots.

Olive Oil is great, but then why not do Geronimo the same day? If there's no one there you would run up it. It's the time on the loop road and the hike in that eats it up. once you get somewhere, plan to maximize the climb to hike ratio.

Same with something like Frogland. There's stuff both to the right and the left that you can do to add mileage to your day.

Yeah, the Fox is great but it's one pitch. There are a ton of other 1 pitch routes less than 10 minutes away you can do in the same day if you spend a day in Calico basin.

I'm a bit jealous; wish I could get down there.

A long way from where I started
Feb 11, 2013 - 11:13pm PT
Before you throw yourself into the jaws of doom on those Red Rocks moderates, hit the Bonjour Bakery for coffee and pastries. I still have trouble believing that this place exists in Las Vegas, but it does, and not taking advantage of it is a mortal sin. Seriously. It may not be the best patisserie in the world, but it's better than almost anything in the US.

In a shopping plaza on the NE corner of Rainbow and Flamingo.
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