Nightcrawler, Brownstone Wall 5.10c

 
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Red Rocks, Nevada USA

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vegastradguy

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV
Feb 27, 2009 - 08:19am
 
one of the best 5.10s in the park.

you can leave your second rope at the base of the third pitch on the big ledge- a single line will get you back to here if you dont top out.

also, not to give it away, but liebacking the third pitch is probably not the best approach....
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Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Feb 24, 2009 - 04:49pm
 
I just got this beta from a friend:

Nightcrawler is a classic challenging 10C that requires a cool head and some delicate footwork. The rock is stunning and as you make your way up the corner you're in a sea of beautiful classic Red Rock.

We did Inta Wantana, another10C up around Resolution Arete the day before but even though it was a lot longer than Nightcrawler, about 14 pitches, it was far easier and not nearly as fun. Nightcrawler was the best climb of our trip, we climbed 7 straight days...

The first pitch of Nightcrawler is non-eventful. It requires some navigation skills as you following a thin seem at times to the left to a belay that isn't easy to see from the ground. P2 was tricky right off the belay. Thin holds/cracks/pro and a corner 4 feet to the left-a little tricky figuring the best way to go. P3 was the crux, sustained LBing and a reachy move off a big ledge near a bolt? This was the definite crux of the climb for me. I think anyone that isn't taller than 5.9 is gonna have a tough time here, well maybe not, guess it could of been me and my lack of flexibility? The 4thP was sustained lb, protected well and the last couple of moves to the top were physical and exciting.
I've done a lot of climbing in Red Rocks and I think Nightcrawler is a definite classic for those that don't mind hiking a couple of hours to the base of the climb. Of course it is only 4P but the last 3 are "Good Value"!
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Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Aug 25, 2003 - 08:08am
 
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