Avg time to climb route: 2-3 hours
Approach time: 45 minutes
Descent time: 1-1.5 hours
Number of pitches: 4
Height of route: 400'
OverviewY2K is a Red Rocks gem with awesome face climbing up steep black rock. With supplemental pro between widely spaced bolts, a huge roof with a fat bolt right at the lip, and endless perfect incut holds, Y2K is a great example of the beautiful rock that makes Red Rocks an international climbing destination.
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HistoryFA: Todd Swain, Paul Ross, 11/98.
StrategyFairly popular, Y2K often has multiple parties, but itís easy to see if anyone is there from the approach trail to Dark Shadows, and a wide variety of other short routes is within a few minutes walk (Dark Shadows area, Pine Nuts area, and the Brass Wall). After the first two long pitches, which you wish will go on forever, the route traverses right around the corner into a dihedral, where the character abruptly changes. High in the dihedral is a great 5.9 stemming corner with only tiny micro nuts for protection. The rappel from this last pitch is a notorious rope eater, and many parties rappel after the first two pitches.
If there is a party ahead of you or you need a warm-up, consider doing the first pitch of The Next Century.
RetreatRap the route with two ropes. Use care when pulling ropes on the rap from the fourth pitch.
ApproachThe Pine Creek parking lot is most of the way around the loop road. Popular with both climbers and hikers, the rush is on as soon as the gate opens and the lot can fill early. The trail is large, well-worn, and easy to follow until almost at Mescalito, where one branch dives down left into the creek bed (almost always completely dry).
DescentRap the routes, and reverse the approach. Please do not travel in the wash, the main trail was built specifically to reduce traffic in this sensitive riparian habitat, one of the few in Red Rocks which nearly always has flowing water.
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