Trip Report
Big & HOT in Vegas - a Red Rocks TR
Tuesday July 30, 2013 2:10am
Sunrise on Mt. Wilson
Sunrise on Mt. Wilson
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I’m talking about big routes in late May, not silicone fakies on the strip – get your mind out of the gutter!!

My friend Mark and I went to Red Rocks for a week of medium to long adventure routes. We had tried the same trip exactly a year ago, but were thwarted on the first climb of the first day when I tore at least one intercostal muscle in my ribs when pressing into a stem move on an easy pitch. We climbed for one pitch beyond that and knew that I was hosed…
Getting ready to bail after tearing an intercostal muscle on the first...
Getting ready to bail after tearing an intercostal muscle on the first route of last year's attempted trip. Ouch. :-(
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We had to pack up the next morning and head home - one of the most disappointing climbing trips ever. So, this year had to go better – right?? Despite a few nagging injuries that put a damper on the training regime, we both managed to get into decent shape before the trip. The drive out was uneventful with a standard I-70 bivy.
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Before you know it we were pulling into the parking lot at Black Velvet Canyon a little bit before noon on Saturday after leaving Boulder Friday night.
It was hot, probably in the low 90s. We grabbed our gear and did the relatively short but sweaty hike into Black Velvet canyon.
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First up was Triassic Sands, a four-pitch 5.10C crack route that follows a beautiful line for about 500 feet. Mark led the first two pitches, then we swung leads to the top, it was a super fun route.
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P4 of Triassic Sands
P4 of Triassic Sands
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We rapped down and headed over to the main wall in Black Velvet to climb Yellow Brick Road – a really nice five-pitch 10c face climb.
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It was getting to be late afternoon so the wall had emptied out except for one very loud guy and his girlfriend who were sitting at the base after they had completed another route. Eventually they took off and we enjoyed the rest of the route in silence.
Top of P6, Yellow Brick Road
Top of P6, Yellow Brick Road
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We rapped down, hiked out and reached the car just before dark – a really fun start to the week!
The next day it was even hotter so we made sure to climb in the shade. We did some short routes in the Hidden Falls area, then the Mescalito area where we did a really great two-pitch 10d route called the Next Century and also the first two pitches of Risky Business – an excellent route that certainly keeps your attention.
Mark heads out on P1 of Risky Business
Mark heads out on P1 of Risky Business
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The Q-tip with an angry knee follows P1
The Q-tip with an angry knee follows P1
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Rappin off Risky Bizness
Rappin off Risky Bizness
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That was it for day two as the high temps took a bit out of us, even in the shade. The next day we rested and made plans for Tuesdays outing – a long day where we would combine Inti Watana (12 pitches, 10C) with the upper five pitches of Resolution Arete which gives the full length tour of Mt. Wilson. Unfortunately the weather forecast for that day was 101 degrees – the hottest day of the week for what was the longest climb of the trip….not to mention most of it would be in the sun.
Mmmmm - perfect weather for a long route in the desert ;-)
Mmmmm - perfect weather for a long route in the desert ;-)
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But, when you only have a week for an agenda, you can’t always get what you want… So, we packed up a light rack, a single rope and 6.5 liters of fluids between us. We were hiking by 5:15am, but it was already 80 degrees...
80 degrees at 5:15am.  Yeah baby!
80 degrees at 5:15am. Yeah baby!
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It’s basically a two-hour hike/scramble to the base of Inti Watana with a good hour of that groveling up a steep gully system – a fine warm up!
Sweatin the approach just before sunrise
Sweatin the approach just before sunrise
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The lovely "White rot gully"
The lovely "White rot gully"
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By the time we reached the base of the route, my camelback straps and shirt were already encrusted in salt. It was going to be a long, hot day. We had a short reprieve from the heat at the base as the first 1.5 pitches were still in the shade. Nice!
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Mark stylin P2 of Inti Watana
Mark stylin P2 of Inti Watana
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At the top of the second pitch, we were in the sun for the next 1700 feet of climbing as well as the long descent off the summit.
P5 or 6
P5 or 6
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Gettin high on Inti Watana.  Fun climbing!
Gettin high on Inti Watana. Fun climbing!
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We were able to climb Inti Watana in just under 4.5 hours but it was pretty darn hot.
Mark re-installing the TC Pros after a quick rest at the only shady be...
Mark re-installing the TC Pros after a quick rest at the only shady belay
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Leading up the last rope length of Inti Watana
Leading up the last rope length of Inti Watana
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Mark coming up the last pitch of IW.  Mandatory shoe shot :-)
Mark coming up the last pitch of IW. Mandatory shoe shot :-)
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When we got onto the upper pitches of Resolution Arete, we were starting to drag a little from the heat and dehydration.
Top out on Inti Watana.  Bitchin view!
Top out on Inti Watana. Bitchin view!
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The upper pitches of Resolution Arete are nothing special, but it’s a worthy adventure that takes you to the true summit of Mt. Wilson at just over 7,000’, where it was still hot!
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Summit of Mt. Wilson.  Where's the cold beer??
Summit of Mt. Wilson. Where's the cold beer??
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We signed the summit register and began the long walk to the northwest for the descent.
Descending the slabs to the west of the summit
Descending the slabs to the west of the summit
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The information available regarding the descent is mixed, but it seemed relatively clear which gully we should descend after walking the ridge for about a mile. As we found out about 30 minutes later, we were hasty in our gully choice.
Although scenic, this gully is not recommended ;-)
Although scenic, this gully is not recommended ;-)
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We made good progress down the gully and thought we were on the right track until we came to a 300’ drop-off... We had less than 1.5 liters of fluids between us at this point and it was still stinkin’ hot, so bonus exercise was not high on the list! However, we were forced to do about 45 minutes of gully see-sawing before we got far enough north and hit the correct drainage.
A fixed rap line low down in the correct descent gully
A fixed rap line low down in the correct descent gully
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From here, it was still over two hours to the car. Still hot. Really hot.
Boulder hopping and groveling at it's finest!
Boulder hopping and groveling at it's finest!
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We kept trudging east through the Oak Creek Drainage knowing that once we got to the trail junction in front of Mt. Wilson, we could drink our cans of ice tea we stashed on the way in. When we got to the junction, we both slammed our 24 oz cans of tea – yeah baby!
Really really glad to reach our stashed cans of tea on the hike out :-...
Really really glad to reach our stashed cans of tea on the hike out :-)
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40 minutes later, we arrived back at the car on route 159 – 13.5 hours after leaving. We were both thrashed. We stopped at a convenience store and downed 4 liters of fluids between us. At our friend’s house, I weighed myself for grins and even after gorging on fluids, I was still 6 lbs down from the day before. Desert weight loss plan…

The next day was a rest/rehydrate day for sure! We started the rest day by pigging out at the Red Rocks Casino buffet and spent the rest of the day lounging and trying to decide if we were recovered enough to do the biggest objective of the trip the next day. By dinner time, it was clear we had not recovered from dehydration sufficiently for another big climb so the next morning we took our time and decided to just do a few short routes in the shade.
A very cool but kinda sporty 10b thing on the Necromancer
A very cool but kinda sporty 10b thing on the Necromancer
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That evening we packed and planned for the biggest outing of the trip; The Original Route on the Rainbow Wall. The Rainbow Wall is an amazing 1,000’ face that graces a beautiful cirque, topping out at 7,000’. For us mortals at least, this route would require an absolute 100% effort. The route is guarded by a steep two-hour approach hike, then follows an amazing system of corners and cracks for 13 pitches. The pitches go free at 11c, 11d, 11a, 11b, 10c, 10a, 8, 8, 11d/12a, 12a, 11b, and 10b. Yowza. This was going to be hard for an old Q-tip like me!
The Rainbow Wall at sunrise
The Rainbow Wall at sunrise
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A couple of years ago, I went up to do the Original Route with my friend Dick but I decided to bail on the second pitch when three yahoos came up behind us French-freeing asking when they could pass before even reaching us, right when I was in the crux of the pitch. This blew my concentration when I needed it most. I really didn’t want to attempt a route at my limit with a bunch of distractions, so we bailed and went over to do The Nightcrawler instead...

Anyway, back to the present – Mark and I had the entire Rainbow Wall to ourselves and the temperatures were actually quite nice thanks to a thin layer of high clouds.
Getting started on the hike to Rainbow Wall
Getting started on the hike to Rainbow Wall
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About to start up the slabs that lead to the base of the route
About to start up the slabs that lead to the base of the route
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Gettin ready to rock
Gettin ready to rock
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Mark did a really good job leading the first two pitches with only one quick taint as he grabbed a draw to clip in the rope in a very strenuous section.
Mark on the 11c variation to pitches 1&2.
Mark on the 11c variation to pitches 1&2.
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Mark on the 11d pitch
Mark on the 11d pitch
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I barely followed the pitch cleanly. I congratulated Mark on his excellent effort on the sharp end. That 11D pitch is a serious pumper! I led the next two 5.11 pitches which were thankfully a fair bit easier and that put us at the base of the 5.10 corner pitches.
Book pitch 4, interesting 11a
Book pitch 4, interesting 11a
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Book pitch 5, very cool 11b
Book pitch 5, very cool 11b
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Coming over the roof on P5
Coming over the roof on P5
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At this belay, it was cool to check out the really old bolts that had been placed during the first ascent in 1973 by Chiloe/Larry Hamilton and Joe Herbst. I took some photos of the bolts and after returning home, sent them to Larry.
Original belay bolts placed in May, 1973.
Original belay bolts placed in May, 1973.
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He confirmed that yes, indeed, they were the originals he placed 40 years ago almost to the day. Pretty cool! Mark combined the two 5.10 pitches and soon enough we were on a nice ledge taking a quick break.
Mark on the 10c P5
Mark on the 10c P5
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Doing the Original Route free is quite a treat logistically as the rack is pretty small and you can descend with a single 70 meter rope. Hence, we travelled light – just our climbing gear, three liters of water, and five food bars. The next 300’ or so is comparatively easy 5.8 climbing that takes one up then over to the base of the crux red dihedral pitches.
Taking a quick break on Over the Rainbow ledge before traversing left ...
Taking a quick break on Over the Rainbow ledge before traversing left to the red dihedral pitches
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Here it’s about 800’ straight down to your packs and 250’ of hard climbing above. Very cool.
The exposed 5.8 traverse over to the base of the red dihedral
The exposed 5.8 traverse over to the base of the red dihedral
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To give us the best chance of free-climbing the next few pitches, we ate a bar, tanked up on fluids and left the camelback at the belay to lighten the load.
I led the first red dihedral pitch which involves very technical stemming then somewhat easier climbing for the rest of the pitch.
Contemplating the crux of pitch 10.  Where da holds at??
Contemplating the crux of pitch 10. Where da holds at??
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The crux section was baffling at first, with virtually no holds in a near vertical corner. I couldn’t make myself commit to the crux moves even with the bolt just two or three feet below my waist, so I aided up one move on the bolt and pre-placed a high cam. Although obviously a taint, I was pretty tired by now and it was just the best I could do. I lowered down to a no hands rest below the crux, rested a couple of minutes, and then tenuously pressed into the bizarre stemming moves. Seriously, the left foothold was the size of a BB and the right wall was essentially blank. I’m not quite sure how you stay on the thing, but after a few feet, I was able to reach a good hold in the corner! The crux of this pitch, at least, was over.
The upper section of pitch 10.  Very cool climbing!
The upper section of pitch 10. Very cool climbing!
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The rest of the pitch is probably 5.10c and continues up the beautiful corner to a belay. I cringed at the thought of Alex Honnold free-soloing this route a few years ago – simply amazing. Mark followed the pitch fairly quickly with no falls, firing off the stemming crux first-try! Excellent work!
At the belay, Mark racked for the next crux pitch, took a breather and headed up. This pitch is hard! Right off the belay is a weird stem-press kind of thing onto some tiny holds. And from there it just gets harder with reachy, powerful lay-backing up the thin corner.
Mark getting started on P11.  Hard right off the ledge!
Mark getting started on P11. Hard right off the ledge!
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Then the crack in the corner pinches off and one is forced into more bizzare stemming maneuvers followed by committing face climbing to the belay.
Mark just before the very difficult stemming section of P11.
Mark just before the very difficult stemming section of P11.
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Mark had to take a couple of rests on this pitch, but he did an excellent job – better than I could have done for sure. Excellent work MC!
I started following the pitch and realized by the grunts I was making and the cramping in my forearms, it was at (or above) my limit. I climbed with desperate movement and thought I might just be able to pull it off - when I fell out of the stemming section about ¾ of the way up the pitch. After a short rest, I was able to finish the pitch, but just barely.
Wasted after the crux of P11
Wasted after the crux of P11
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We were both hammered!
Nice view from the top of P11
Nice view from the top of P11
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The next pitch was pretty steep 11b face and corner climbing that starts off with some funky down-climbing and traversing.
P12 starts with some diagonal down-climbing from the belay.
P12 starts with some diagonal down-climbing from the belay.
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I was low on mojo by now, so the pitch felt hard right from the start. I was really tired but we really wanted this climb! I pushed on and was barely able to finish, the 5.9 layback at the top nearly pitched me off!
Almost at the top of pitch 12.  Forearms are wasted at this point...
Almost at the top of pitch 12. Forearms are wasted at this point...
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I happily rolled into a cave like belay feature below the final pitch.
Mark did a great job and seconded the pitch quickly and in good style. I gladly handed him the gear for the final 5.10 pitch to the summit. As Mark jammed out the roof above me and got into a corner system, he yelled down “It’s over!” Yeah!
Mark pulling over the roof on P13.  Almost done!
Mark pulling over the roof on P13. Almost done!
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A few minutes later, I was seconding the last pitch and continued up past Mark to the amazing views on the summit of Rainbow Wall.
Following P13.  Summit Fever!!
Following P13. Summit Fever!!
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It was about 5:15pm – we’d been on the move about 11.5 hours at this point. Mark scrambled up to the summit and we posed for some hero shots.
Summit!!  Mt. Wilson in the background.
Summit!! Mt. Wilson in the background.
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Mark taking in the fantastic view from the top
Mark taking in the fantastic view from the top
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Both of us agreed this was one of the top five free climbs we’d ever done. Although we couldn’t climb the whole thing clean on-sight, we gave it all we had, so no regrets. Larry and Joe did a great job putting up perhaps the finest line in Red Rocks! It really is a fantastic route. We hung out on the summit for about 15 minutes, but the rappels and hike out lay ahead of us.
Mark on the raps
Mark on the raps
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The descent went smoothly and pretty quickly we were eating a snack at the base and prepping for the hike out. A half-moon had risen and was now perfectly situated above the Rainbow Wall. It was a beautiful sight for sure.
The hike out went fine, and again we enjoyed cans of tea that we’d stashed on the way in. We got to the car shortly after dark giving us just over 15 hours car-to-car. We were both super-tired but really psyched to have done the Rainbow Wall. It was an amazing day for sure!
Moonrise over the Rainbow Wall.
Moonrise over the Rainbow Wall.
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The next day we took our time packing up the car and started the long drive home. My hands were cramping just driving. Obviously the Rainbow Wall took everything we had. It was great to get home to see CG and relax a bit. The next day I returned to the harsh reality of life in the cube-farm... Rainbow Wall – DO IT! :-)

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GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
  Jul 30, 2013 - 02:34am PT
FIRST!!!!

High adventure, friends, fun, what's not to love!

thanks for sharing :)
sullly

Gym climber
  Jul 30, 2013 - 03:00am PT
Forgot how fine your TRs are; descriptions place me at each pitch. I remember the TR where you had to walk away.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
  Jul 30, 2013 - 08:58am PT
Rainbow Wall – DO IT! :-)

For sure. (In my dreams.)

Looks like you guys had a really great week.
Decko

Trad climber
Colorado
  Jul 30, 2013 - 09:11am PT
Saweet.....
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
  Jul 30, 2013 - 09:15am PT
SUNNYBEACHES! What a great trip and great report. Thank you for taking the time to share.
thedogfather

Trad climber
Somewhere near Red Rocks
  Jul 30, 2013 - 09:32am PT
Great tr Dave. I still can't believe you headed out for Inti knowing you would be in the sun all day. kudos! Nice to have an injury free trip.
Roxy

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
  Jul 30, 2013 - 09:34am PT
now THAT is how you do Red Rocks.

Nicely done, wonderfully shared.

cheers, man!
MisterE

climber
  Jul 30, 2013 - 09:35am PT
Great TR, BN!

You guys are committed!
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
  Jul 30, 2013 - 09:53am PT
Thanks for posting this report Dave, looks like an awesome trip, pics are great. I wil be daydreaming about this place all day long :-)
10b4me

climber
  Jul 30, 2013 - 10:15am PT
Great job, Dave
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
  Jul 30, 2013 - 10:27am PT
Good stuff!
philo

Trad climber
Is that the light at the end of the tunnel or a tr
  Jul 30, 2013 - 10:50am PT
Nice stuff you guys but didn't anyone ever tell you that desiccation is an effective but unsustainable weight loss programs.
TFPU!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
  Jul 30, 2013 - 11:04am PT
Great report, Dave! This is one route out there I have not done yet, but now I am EXTRA psyched to get on it! Thanks!

DR
MikeL

Social climber
Seattle, WA
  Jul 30, 2013 - 11:21am PT
Excellent TR. Thanks for posting up! (I wish.)
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
  Jul 30, 2013 - 11:26am PT
Good JERB DOOODS!
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
  Jul 30, 2013 - 11:31am PT
Sweet TR!
Needs more pics LOL
TFPU
Tad
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
  Jul 30, 2013 - 11:51am PT
Wow, a Brassnuts TR - you know it's going to be good!

Beautiful area, awesome routes (my palms are sweating), entertaining write-up, happy climbers (does the man ever not smile?), top quality photos, and plenty of 'em. Super Topo at its best.

thanks Dave
AP

Trad climber
Calgary
  Jul 30, 2013 - 11:40am PT
Great report. Imagine how the climbs would have gone in 75 degree weather!
wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
  Jul 30, 2013 - 11:42am PT
Way to get after it in the Summer heat! Inspiring stuff!
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
  Jul 30, 2013 - 11:50am PT
Nice one Dave. Pure stemming that first red dihedral crux must have been hard, tried that myself briefly and gave up for the crimp,crank-n-slap method. This one really has it all: aesthetic line, commanding position, varied and fun climbing, and an actual summit. Thx for the stoke.
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
  Jul 30, 2013 - 12:02pm PT
Fantastic TR! Love your self-deprecating style, and light but engaging narrative. Great photos, too!
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
  Jul 30, 2013 - 12:09pm PT
Lol... self-deprecating style, self-appreciating photograhy... excellent TR, TFPU.
kaholatingtong

Trad climber
Nevada City
  Jul 30, 2013 - 12:14pm PT
fantastic. edit : wow you know its a good tr when upon first reading there are like 2 comments and by the time you finish there are 20+ when yours shows up.
lars johansen

Trad climber
West Marin, CA
  Jul 30, 2013 - 12:12pm PT
Way to go. Really fun TR, thanks.

lars
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
  Jul 30, 2013 - 12:14pm PT
always a stoke fest! good on you guys... not bad for a Q-tip.... and I liked the shoe shot... hopefully Charles will take you on as a 5.10 "emeritus athlete"

phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
  Jul 30, 2013 - 12:23pm PT
FAB-U-LOUS! The "best you can do" is pretty damn awesome.
What a great TR!
Phyl
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Author's Reply  Jul 30, 2013 - 01:07pm PT
Glad people enjoy the TR, it was a really fun trip!

WML - Inti Watana is really fun, get after it. A single set of nuts and cams to 2.5" will do ya, along with a fist full of quicks and slings to link pitches as desired. 2 ropes are required to rap the route. After you rap, partway down the upper descent gully, bear to skier's right and descend an easier gully than the white rot, with 1 or 2 raps over a couple of cliff features to get you back to the base of Wilson with less groveling.

ElCapinyoazz - yeah, I messed with the tiny crimp thing on the P10 crux but I couldn't see how to do that static, and I hate to chuck, so I went for the nutty stemming. Good stuff either way eh?

Cheers all, thanks for reading.
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
  Jul 30, 2013 - 01:29pm PT
Oh, I got a dehydration headache just readin'...

Great TR!
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
  Jul 30, 2013 - 02:03pm PT
Thanks BN! Great photos (no surprise there), awesome pitch list and getting to summits there seems really cool to me. I'm lame, but from the Birds thread, I had no idea you were such a good climber, by my standards at least.

I was going to spoof a response and say "what a crappy TR, there are no bird photos", but I'll leave humor to people who are funny. Thanks again.

Darwin
moacman

Trad climber
Montuckyian Via Canada Eh!
  Jul 30, 2013 - 03:12pm PT
Way cooool......Thanx for sharing.............

Stevo
MH2

climber
  Jul 30, 2013 - 04:13pm PT
Great detail and feel to this TR. A lot said and shown, especially by the pictures of your faces.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
  Jul 30, 2013 - 04:44pm PT
Really great report and bitchin' climbing. Thanks for sharing!
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
  Jul 30, 2013 - 05:13pm PT
What amazing energy you guys have, heat wave and all. Clearly a brilliant trip. I recall wondering on those RW pitches whether anybody could find a way to free it. Cool to see how it's done. (Ahah, you traverse *below* the top roof!)

A different historical note on your rappel pic from the Mt Wilson descent -- that's exactly the site where Joe & I lowered a lost hiker like a sack of potatoes, as we were on our way down.
Gal

Trad climber
going big air to fakie
  Jul 30, 2013 - 05:41pm PT
well damn, i'm thoroughly impressed!
pc

climber
  Jul 30, 2013 - 05:58pm PT
Thanks for the great TR!

edit...

+1 on Marlow's comments, love the style....
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Jul 30, 2013 - 06:13pm PT
lots of pics appreciated!

100+ on Wilson?

fugging nutters!

lol
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Jul 30, 2013 - 06:17pm PT
Good job and great TR, looks a bit SCHWEEETY!!
Studly

Trad climber
WA
  Jul 30, 2013 - 06:43pm PT
That was one rocking trip report.
F10

Trad climber
Bishop
  Jul 30, 2013 - 06:30pm PT
Nice !!
cultureshock

Trad climber
Mountain View
  Jul 30, 2013 - 06:36pm PT
Rad TR. Way to beat the heat.

Rainbow Wall is brilliant. Trust the pea, stem for glory!!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
  Jul 30, 2013 - 07:14pm PT
Man, go Dave, everyone has already said just about everything I could !
Excellent TR! Carried me there!

Susan
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Jul 30, 2013 - 07:41pm PT
Awesomeness is upon you!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
  Jul 30, 2013 - 07:51pm PT
Excellent That's the way to get after it!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
  Jul 30, 2013 - 10:00pm PT
A very cool but kinda sporty 10b thing on the Necromancer

Wow! That looks way harder than .10b

edit: on second look there seems to be some camera tilt.

BBST
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
  Jul 30, 2013 - 11:19pm PT
WOW!!! to think I call myself a rock climber, oh the shame!!! Great work and thanks for posting up some inspiration to get after a whole lot of it.

Charlie D.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
  Jul 30, 2013 - 11:24pm PT
Thanks, BN! You and Mark look like father and son; too sweet.
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
  Jul 30, 2013 - 11:50pm PT
Phenomenal.
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
  Jul 31, 2013 - 03:01am PT
this here's a better place to be now that you been there and shared
Dirka

Trad climber
Hustle City
  Jul 31, 2013 - 06:21am PT
Cool!
Rick A

climber
Boulder, Colorado
  Jul 31, 2013 - 10:11am PT
Hats off for a great TR and vicarious climbing fun for readers.

The overwhelming desire to climb that is evidenced here is awesome and inspiring for the weekend warrior. Where others would take the excuse to climb a pitch or two in the shade and forgo the big climbs, you guys just carry on with the intended program.

Deadly heat? No problem! Slap on the sunscreen and just bring more water!
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
  Jul 31, 2013 - 10:34am PT
Wow! Great TR.....nice sends! You guys were brave to head to RR in late May.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
  Jul 31, 2013 - 02:49pm PT
Lots of psyche with this team for sure. It's fun to see what a good time was had.

The dehydration is all fun until someone gets a kidney stone though!! :) Let's try to avoid the "Kidney Stone (TR)". :)
Johnny K.

climber
  Jul 31, 2013 - 06:51pm PT
^^^ O_O

You guys are animals in that crazy heat,just awesome!
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Author's Reply  Aug 1, 2013 - 12:27pm PT
WML - I think all the anchor bolts on Inti are good, but yes, many of the stations have various levels of tat webbing that could be cleaned up a bit with nice links...

Darwin - here's a bird pic to make a more complete TR. Mr. Trogon lives a few hundred miles south of RR :-)
Elegant Trogon, southern AZ
Elegant Trogon, southern AZ
Credit: BrassNuts

Chiloe - thanks for the historical note and thanks for putting up this baby!

Yeah, we wanted fairly high temps in town for the trip so the N facing routes would be comfy, but the 5-10 degrees above normal for the week wasn't in the brochure ;-)
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
  Aug 1, 2013 - 02:03pm PT
I was going to comment on the dearth of bird pics so I am glad I won't
have to. ;-)

OUTSTANDING!
msiddens

Trad climber
  Aug 5, 2013 - 02:26pm PT
Great stuff and thanks for sharing
spectreman

Trad climber
  Aug 8, 2013 - 09:35am PT
Wow! Great pics and great motivation! You guys are crazy doing Inti to RA in that heat :) Burly
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