Arrow Place, Burlap Buttress, East Formation 5.9

   
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Red Rocks, Nevada USA

  • Currently 4.0/5
Avg time to climb route: 1-2 hours
Approach time: 30 minutes
Descent time: 1 hour
Number of pitches: 3
Height of route: 400'
Overview
Arrow Place is an excellent climb, with steep stemming, face, and hand cracks on black rock. It is fairly short, but the added attractions of sunny exposure and fewer crowds are incentives to climb this route. It is neighbored by other older traditional routes, and for an adventure, check out these lines using the written descriptions in the newly reprinted Urioste guide.
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History
FA: Dick Tonkin, George Urioste, Mike Ward, 5/79.
The name of this route stems from the nicely crafted Indian arrowhead that the first ascent party found at the top of the first pitch. They speculated that an ancient hunter took a shot at a bird and was unable to retrieve his arrow.

This route is notable as it was the first of many first ascents in which Mike Ward participated in the company of the Uriostes. Mike came to Las Vegas in 1975 to deliver a car to his brother—he never left.

As a Gunks climber, Mike was familiar with the New Paltz mountaineering shop run by the famous Dick Williams. Mike thought it was a “really great store,” and was inspired. In 1988 he opened Desert Rock Sports, which has since become a focal point for Las Vegas climbing. In the mid-1990s the store received a visit from none other than Dick Williams in the company of fellow east coast luminaries Jim McCarthy and Rich Goldstone. Mike had the pleasure of telling Dick that he himself had provided the original inspiration.
– Larry DeAn...   [full history for SuperTopo members only!]

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Source: SuperTopo Guidebook Staff Last update: August 25, 2003
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