Aquarium, Jackrabbit Buttress, Northeast Face 5.9 R


Red Rocks, Nevada USA

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Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Apr 11, 2007 - 11:16am
I got this info from a supertopo user:

Your ebook asked for any comments on the route info. This past weekend I tried to do the route Aquarium in your Red Rox guidebook and found the approach info to be misleading. So here is how I would’ve written it. The biggest problem is your instructions say to go “under” the huge boulder when in fact you climb a chimney BELOW the huge boulder but do not actually go under the boulder. Also, there are no distances given and it is very hard to see features when you are inside a brushy chimney! It was very confusing and we ran out of time trying to figure it out, so we did not complete the route (but we still had fun). Hopefully this will help others get to the route. It looks most excellent!

To reach Aquarium, approach as for Olive Oil. From the base of Olive Oil, go directly across the 100-foot-wide gully to the opposite wall. About 50-feet below a huge (40 ft.) boulder that blocks the gully, make a reachy 3rd-class move to pull up into a brushy chimney. Scramble up the chimney on the left side, which is less brushy, about 20 feet to reach a 10 x 6-foot ledge. This ledge is 30 feet below and left of the huge boulder. Rope up here and climb the 5.5 slot chimney which bypasses the huge boulder to the left, and gains the broad ledges at the base of the 400-foot black wall where Aquarium begins. Aquarium is shady from mid-morning on.

Trad climber
Mill Valley, CA
Mar 3, 2005 - 07:46pm
THsi rout is ok , more like III+ (?) 5.8- and not that RRR except for on the easier pitches like 5.7, Linked in 5? pitches with simuclimbing and rope streatching. Will get better reviews as it cleans up!!!
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Aug 25, 2003 - 11:08am
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Jackrabbit Buttress, Northeast Face - Aquarium 5.9 R - Red Rocks, Nevada USA. Click to Enlarge
Photo: Greg Barnes
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