Triassic Sands, Whiskey Peak 5.10c
Avg time to climb route: 1.5 hours
Approach time: 30 minutes
Descent time: 1.5 hours
Number of pitches: 3
Height of route: 360'
OverviewDeservedly one of the most popular 5.10 cracks in Red Rocks, Triassic Sands has an unforgettable roof crux, and a super-long hand/off-hand crack that would chew you up if it were not for the abundant face holds that bring the climbing down to the 5.9 range.
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HistoryFA: Joe Herbst, Larry Hamilton, 1972.
Triassic Sands was the first “real” rock climb of significant length at Red Rocks. It was originally climbed as an aid route in 1972 by Joe Herbst and Larry Hamilton, as a warm-up for the Salathé Wall. One look at the wall and you can easily see that this route does not skirt the main challenges or wander through broken zones of weakness. Joe and Larry were two of the most productive early Red Rocks climbers, and together accounted for a number of serious routes including both the Rainbow Wall and the Aeolian Wall.
In the late 1970s enthusiastic young Randal Grandstaff turned his attention to free climbing Triassic Sands. As a teenager a few years earlier, Randal served an apprenticeship as ropemate of Joe Herbst. Building on that experience, and with a few Yosemite seasons under his swami belt, he was now starting to build a name of his own. Randal’s plan was to climb the beautiful hand crack about 30 feet to the right of the aid line. This required some difficult climbing through an initial overhanging section. Randal showed up with a couple of aggressive young friends and went to work. They climbed the overhang and gained the hand crack... [full history for SuperTopo members only!]
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