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:
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!