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A Midsummer Night's Dream - Johnny Vegas in July

by WML
Monday July 8, 2013 11:42pm
This idea started out like many others - I get a bad idea, start pounding caffeine, and start bugging my friends.

Usually the reactions range from "...why?" to "no effing way, dude"


But this time I was able to convince not just one of my friends, but three to come along. We were going to climb one of the most classic easy climbs at Red Rock at night, mid-Summer. The initial plan was also to climb Solar Slab as well. Two parties - myself and Jon on one rope and Shane and Matt on the other.

Matt was flying into LAX from Boston, where Shane was going to take him straight from the airport to my house and then we were going to hop on Johnny Vegas and Solar Slab. Jon worked all day, and I lounged all day.

In keeping with the soundtrack for TR's....put the earmuffs on the children for this one:



WML in the lead, Jon and Matt following. Photo courtesy of Shane
WML in the lead, Jon and Matt following. Photo courtesy of Shane
Credit: WML

Looking back toward Las Vegas
Looking back toward Las Vegas
Credit: WML

WML leading P1 of Johnny Vegas
WML leading P1 of Johnny Vegas
Credit: WML

Jon following one of the pitches
Jon following one of the pitches
Credit: WML

Night climbing is strange - your world only exists in the orb of your ...
Night climbing is strange - your world only exists in the orb of your headlamp
Credit: WML

An idea of the perspective - all you can see of your partner is the he...
An idea of the perspective - all you can see of your partner is the headlamp and the glowsticks Shane issued us
Credit: WML

The eerie glow of Las Vegas in the background
The eerie glow of Las Vegas in the background
Credit: WML

Shane topping out on Johnny Vegas
Shane topping out on Johnny Vegas
Credit: WML

Illumination
Illumination
Credit: WML

WML Selfie atop JV
WML Selfie atop JV
Credit: WML

Jon, Shane, and Matt
Jon, Shane, and Matt
Credit: WML

Vegas  & Clouds
Vegas & Clouds
Credit: WML

Jon and WML goofin' around
Jon and WML goofin' around
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Roof rap
Roof rap
Credit: WML

Getting late, getting goofy
Getting late, getting goofy
Credit: WML

Penultimate rap
Penultimate rap
Credit: WML


Now for the story of it all, I suppose. We cruised through the climbing as it was super mellow and way fun, but got to the football ledge and the winds began whipping at a solid clip - and since we would rap the route, decided that trying to rap with four people in the wind would be less than fun, decided to go down.

I tried to convey the surreal nature of the whole experience with the pictures, but couldn't quite capture some of the things I wanted to catch. Looking across the canyon to Mount Wilson from the main ledge atop Johnny Vegas and seeing the face of Wilson and the Cactus Flower Tower illuminated by the glow of the lights of Las Vegas was priceless. Looking up at Solar Slab's massive expanse above us and seeing the light colored sandstone illuminated by the city as well was both eerie and special. Once we rapped and hiked back to the cars and were quickly back at my house the whole thing felt like a fever dream - very odd and disorienting in some respects. Climbing by headlamp was a little entertaining at first and quickly I adjusted to it and was able to make good routefinding decisions.

All in all, a fun adventure! Very glad to have had such great company on a very fun easy route. I can see why people line up for it in the winter!

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WML
About the Author
WML is a purveyor of premium malt liquor beverages, margaritas and diet mountain dew (although not together, nor necessarily in that order) who lives to redline the fun meter

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Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Jul 9, 2013 - 05:03am PT
Nice, what were the temps like????
Thank you!!!!
WML

climber
Edge of the Electric Ocean Beneath Red Rock
Author's Reply  Jul 9, 2013 - 08:59am PT
The temps were actually phenomenal, it was like 80-something when we got back to the car but here that is nice (dry heat and all) - and those whipping winds up higher translated to a nice breeze down lower.

Thanks for reading!
Dr. Christ

Mountain climber
State of Mine
  Jul 9, 2013 - 10:37am PT
Nice, but some of those pics are kind of dark.
WML

climber
Edge of the Electric Ocean Beneath Red Rock
Author's Reply  Jul 9, 2013 - 10:43am PT
Tried to lighten some of them but the reality is that conveying a night climb via photos is rather difficult. Contemplated bringing my DSLR up there but unfortunately I have a low IQ and haven't learned how to shoot in low light yet on my point and shoot, let alone my DSLR.

I blame the ADD
Dr. Christ

Mountain climber
State of Mine
  Jul 9, 2013 - 10:48am PT
oops, forgot to add...

:)

(I was joking! Night climbing is fun. We tried to do the Durance route on Devil's Tower at night in 1995. Cleared it with the head ranger and everything. An over zealous douche bag with a uniform busted out the spotlight when we were on pitch 3 and threatened to impound our cars if we didn't come down. It was fun to see him put in his place by the head ranger the next day, but we didn't get another chance. All I have to document the attempt is a black photo with a single point of light.)
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
  Jul 9, 2013 - 10:49am PT
Hoorah! yay for weirdness. Way to create a big adventure out of a few hours of darkness.
WML

climber
Edge of the Electric Ocean Beneath Red Rock
Author's Reply  Jul 10, 2013 - 08:49am PT
Thanks! The night climbing weirdness was just that, but man do I wish those winds weren't whipping, Solar Slab would have been so fun. No crowds and 5.fun!
portent

Social climber
your mom's house
  Apr 17, 2014 - 04:02pm PT
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