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Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Feb 21, 2013 - 09:22am PT
Right now it's getting dark 5-ish, WML.

That's one of the coolest aspects of Vegas - there are still lifetimes of FAs to be done.

Another cool aspect is that fact that in a lot of cases, I can pick up the phone and talk to the FA parties on many routes. Love that!
bjj

climber
beyond the sun
Feb 21, 2013 - 09:26am PT
I havn't climbed at eagle wall, but I have been in the vacinity once or twice. Both Eagle dance and Levitation are on the slate for sometime in the next few weeks. The crux is the hike (and the walk offs)!

It's starting to get dark around 5, with headlamps needed around 5:20 I'd say.
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Feb 21, 2013 - 09:34am PT
Thanks guys!

bjj, you guys plotting to head up via that 4th/easy 5th shortcut or the longer slog? Trying to suss out the feasibility of 'onsighting' the approach via the 4th/5th to save some time...
bjj

climber
beyond the sun
Feb 21, 2013 - 10:45am PT
I'm fairly sure we'll solo / scramble our way up the shortcut.
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Feb 21, 2013 - 10:58am PT
Sweet! Depending on when you do it I may come your way seeking beta on it...
this just in

climber
north fork
Feb 21, 2013 - 11:00am PT
Good looking trip Mike, now get back to whistler and do some goat sacrifices to bring some snow.
harryhotdog

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
Feb 21, 2013 - 06:06pm PT
I guess the long way is a slog if your a regular who has spent many a day approaching the longer routes but as a visitor my memory of that longer approach to Eagle wall was one of awe.The complex gullies full of beautiful plant life so different than the desert combined with the route finding made for a magical experience.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 21, 2013 - 06:49pm PT
Harry and I snuck out of the house at 6am this morning. I was psyched!!

Alpineish start



I finally got my chance to hit up Roberto's so breakfast burrito it was!!



My first Vegas sunrise of the trip.



After dropping off a coffee for Harry's wife, we headed to Calico Basin



It was a bit chilly but we were dressed for it. There wasn't a soul there! Perfect.

The first route on our plate was Physical Graffiti 5.6



I had to teach Harry how to play rock, paper, scissors and he still won first pitch!! ;)


What a cool route!!






I got the second pitch which was money!!! Jamming and toe camming all the way!!!!

Harry at the top





We only had Harry's 60m and it was just enough for me to set up the gear belay. Just!!!


The classic Vegas background shot!



The cave gear belay



We had to tag the summit.
















Loop road pano




Obligatory summit team photo




The left walk off



Then we did Big Bad Wolf 5.9








I was loving the holds. It was rad!!


We did it in two pitches. Definetly the way to go.



Harry coiling the rope



We went and looked at the fox but I pussed out because I only had one #4 and one #5


Looks rad!! Next time for sure.


Looking up at Riding Hood wall (pg and bbw)




Cannibal crag and Kraft mountain



What a gorgeous day!!!



Gotta go jump on a plane!!! Peace out Vegas!!! We will return!!!
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Feb 21, 2013 - 08:04pm PT
Sweet pics! Glad you had a good trip man
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 22, 2013 - 03:32pm PT

Good looking trip Mike, now get back to whistler and do some goat sacrifices to bring some snow.

No need Justin, Ullr is happy I'm home.


Thanks Weston!! Stoked to climb with you when I come back..
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Feb 22, 2013 - 03:38pm PT
awesome trip mike! Thanks for all the photos & updates, sounded like a real productive trip. Was hoping u would bring the sun home but I'll take this if it keeps up!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 22, 2013 - 04:00pm PT
Thanks Ryan. I'm always hoping for snow instead of sun in the winter ;)
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Feb 22, 2013 - 04:26pm PT
Hey Mike, you finally got the money pitch (P2 on PG)

Was a blast to climb with you and Bruce. Thanks for the great pics, and a great TR. Come back again sometime soon!
harryhotdog

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
Feb 23, 2013 - 05:01pm PT
Well our holiday down in Vegas has been great,the people down here are real friendly. It was great to finally meet Big Mike. Then we met the other Big Mike at the 4D Sponge Bob movie, he bought my kids popcorn and cotton candy. Although I hate cotton candy I wasn't about to argue with him!!!
Credit: harryhotdog
Here's Mike after he kicked my 6 year old out of his recliner, what a bully!
Credit: harryhotdog
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Feb 23, 2013 - 05:13pm PT
This has been a very very fun "live, we are there" trip report. Thanks for taking the time to do all the pics and fun narratives. Looked forward to it every day.

Susan
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Feb 23, 2013 - 05:51pm PT
Yo Mike, what'd ya think of Robertos? I heart that place.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 23, 2013 - 05:56pm PT
Hey Mike, you finally got the money pitch (P2 on PG)

Ya I did!! 58m of jamming beauty!! Great to meet you dude. Next time you better get some time off so we can go send crimson!!

Harry!! Mike Tyson?? Too cool!! It was great to meet you too dude. We have to find you a sitter a couple days this summer so we can do some chief laps!

Thanks Susan. Considering all the beta and opportunities it opened up, It was well worth the effort!

Weston, if I got the chance I would have ate there all the time!! I only got the opportunity to sample their breakfast burrito!!
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Feb 23, 2013 - 06:13pm PT
Their breakfast burritos don't suck! I love their carne asada there. That very well could be my first meal once I get to town...something, anything, at Roberto's.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Feb 23, 2013 - 06:19pm PT
Rob-squirt- ohhhhhhhh's
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Feb 23, 2013 - 06:26pm PT
^^^can be quite accurate at times. But damn those carne asada burritos are good...
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