Cat in the Hat, Mescalito South 5.6

   
Search
Go

Red Rocks, Nevada USA

  • Currently 4.0/5
Avg time to climb route: 2-3 hours
Approach time: 30 minutes
Descent time: 1.5 hours
Number of pitches: 5
Height of route: 500'
Overview
When it eventually comes into view, at first glance Cat in the Hat looks unimpressive. A nice first pitch crack leads to broken ledges, trees, and no obvious route. However, hidden above the trees are steep brown walls with awesome cracks, jugs, and a bit of slabby face. With great and consistent climbing, big belay ledges, and an easy rappel down the route, Cat in the Hat is the friendliest and most popular route of its grade in Red Rocks.
Photos - View all 2 photos of Cat in the Hat as: Thumbnails | Slideshow
Climber Beta on Cat in the Hat
  A total of (16) submissions of route beta on Cat in the Hat
Which SuperTopo guidebooks include a topo for Cat in the Hat?

Red Rocks Climbing
Find other routes like Cat in the Hat

 
History
FA: Bruce Eisner, Joanne Urioste, 4/76.
Historically, Cat in the Hat marked the conversion of George and Joanne Urioste into “Red Rocks climbers.” Even though they had arrived in Las Vegas a year and a half earlier, they had not done much local climbing. This was due to the unfavorable impressions of their first experiences. Thick, hostile flora, unsound rock, and oppressive heat combined to direct their climbing energies elsewhere.

In the spring of 1976 they started scouting the line that would shortly become Cat in the Hat. John Shirley, an airman stationed at nearby Nellis Air Force Base, accompanied them on the original reconnaissance. Miraculously, the climbing experience was the exact opposite of their previous misadventures. Brush was largely avoided. The rock was excellent. And the spring weather was perfect. To top it all off, the climbing was clean, aesthetic, and easier than expected.

They climbed the varnished headwall on the sixth pitch and set up a belay on a tiny stance. The crack above petered out on a white sandstone slab. George led up and drilled the protection bolt that certainly has to be a contender for the title of “most clipped Red Rocks trad bolt.” At the time, it was the only bolt on the route. Since it was getting late, and they were only halfway to the top, they retreated for the day. Ironically, schedule conflicts prevented George from participating on the summit ...   [full history for SuperTopo members only!]

Sign In or Join SuperTopo (it's FREE!) to read the complete route history, the recommended strategy for climbing this route, and useful tips should you need to retreat.
Approach
Sign In or Join SuperTopo (it's FREE!) to read this route's approach information.
Descent
Sign In or Join SuperTopo (it's FREE!) to read this route's descent information.
Everything You Need to Know About Red Rocks
Search the internet for beta on Cat in the Hat
  Search the internet for information on Cat in the Hat
Source: SuperTopo Guidebook Staff Last update: November 19, 2013
Mescalito South - Cat in the Hat 5.6 - Red Rocks, Nevada USA. Click to Enlarge
Cat in the Hat is the friendliest and most popular route of its grade in Red Rocks.
Photo: Greg Barnes
SuperTopo on the Web