Trip Report
Red Rock Rendez-who? Frigid Air Buttress and attempting to avoid crowds

by WML
Sunday April 7, 2013 2:01am
After a set of plans to go to Zion and try my hand at the wall game there fell through, I scrambled to fill my weekend's agenda with some climbing. Part of the reason for the Zion trip was that I wanted to avoid the hell out of the Red Rock Rendezvous and was unsure of the scope of not only the rendezvous itself (fairly limited), but also the tangential crowding associated with it and high season here.

I called up one of my weekday after-work partners to see if he wanted to have an adventure, Travis was game.

When considering my options I wanted something fairly mellow but also entertaining and adventurous - and with a rep of being so (in my mind, this would keep the crowds at bay; more on this later)

Travis came by my house at about 6:30, we loaded up his truck and drove down the road a little bit. Adventure in the park, with a beautiful forecast ahead of us.

A proper soundtrack for the following photos (as it was being blasted from the parking lot by someone's car stereo):




Long story short, we had a blast in perfect weather - what a fun route! Anyone climbing in the 9+ range should give it a go.

Oh yeah, the crowds...there were 5 parties on this route today, pretty astounding to me. The two parties I spoke to had similar intentions....alas, we were foiled in our plannings but the distribution of parties was such that it really wasn't a problem.

Time to shut up and post pics!

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¡lagartija!   -  he was hanging out with us on the palatial ledge at t...
¡lagartija! - he was hanging out with us on the palatial ledge at the base of the Crescent Chimney pitch
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T-Pain getting his wiggle on
T-Pain getting his wiggle on
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Looking up at the middle pitches
Looking up at the middle pitches
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WML sampling some of the finest
WML sampling some of the finest
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Outstanding conditions prevailed
Outstanding conditions prevailed
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I'm checkin it out, I'm feelin' the breeze and everybody on the plane ...
I'm checkin it out, I'm feelin' the breeze and everybody on the plane lookin' at me
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Moving past the last of the real difficulties on the best pitch of the...
Moving past the last of the real difficulties on the best pitch of the climb; everything that is awesome in Red Rock climbing is represented in some form on this pitch
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T-Pain on top of Frigid Air Buttress
T-Pain on top of Frigid Air Buttress
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Travis (L) and I (R) all grins atop Frigid Air Buttress
Travis (L) and I (R) all grins atop Frigid Air Buttress
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This route is super fun, Travis and I both had a blast on it; We also both thought the 5.9 4th pitch was harder than the 5.9+ 7th pitch. Either way, was a super classic, varied, and adventurous route. 5 stars!

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WML
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WML is a purveyor of margaritas and diet mountain dew (although not together) who lives to redline the fun meter

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tooth

Trad climber
B.C.
  Apr 7, 2013 - 02:24am PT
Sweet TR! Thanks, I'll have to check it out when my wife and I climb there next month...
Captain...or Skully

climber
in the oil patch...Fricken Bakken, that's where
  Apr 7, 2013 - 02:44am PT
Damn good stuff. I like the switch back & forth from color to Black & White.
Cool Route, too. TFPU!!!6!!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
  Apr 7, 2013 - 03:47am PT
Cooooooooool!!! That looks awesome!! Oh man. I have to come back there!

It's hard shooting in the shade eh? Nice use of black and white to cover the washed out shots.

I can't wait to come back and climb with you dude!
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Apr 7, 2013 - 03:21pm PT
Looks like a great day!!!
Thanks!
WML

climber
Edge of the Electric Ocean Beneath Red Rock
Author's Reply  Apr 7, 2013 - 06:42pm PT
Thanks guys!

Big Mike, I look forward to you being back in full action and joining your fellow countrymen in their perpetual vacations here in LV. Seriously though, how do you guys get so much vacation time? LOL. Every other person I run into in the canyons is a Canuck.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
  Apr 7, 2013 - 06:42pm PT
nice job Vegasoid..!
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
  Apr 7, 2013 - 06:47pm PT
Good one, man!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
  Apr 7, 2013 - 06:50pm PT
feckin weird WML,, but yur a spitin image of my brother in law when he was younger.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
  Apr 7, 2013 - 07:12pm PT
Wml. We're all a bunch a bums!! ;) the government unemployment system is good to a lot of people. I must admit to having used my benefits when i was able to.

Now that i'm an employer, i don't pay into EI so, i'm not eligible anymore. I have to make sure i save enough nuts in the fall so i can make it to the spring again.

Usually I can save enough these days so that I can do a couple trips on top of my normal winter fun program. Which i did, and then shortly after.... DOH!

Good news is i'll be able to operate my business mostly with my injury, and i'll be back, stronger than ever, because i have to be to compensate for my injury.

Hopefully i can get back to work sooner that later so i can really start making some money. I make a lot more when i'm there busting my ass.
WML

climber
Edge of the Electric Ocean Beneath Red Rock
Author's Reply  Apr 8, 2013 - 12:50pm PT
Jebus and Ron, thanks!

Mike - The first part of that "bunch of bums" was my initial thought!

Glad to hear you should be able to operate your business at close to full capacity, and are rearing to go. Your positive outlook throughout the whole ordeal has been inspiring. What is your business, btw?
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
  Apr 8, 2013 - 09:25pm PT
Window washing... I only have to climb and carry ladders.. No biggee.. ;)
RP3

Big Wall climber
Twain Harte
  Apr 8, 2013 - 10:53pm PT
Great TR man! I'm glad to see you are taking advantage of all your new home has to offer.

Keep us posted on your adventures!
WML

climber
Edge of the Electric Ocean Beneath Red Rock
Author's Reply  Apr 9, 2013 - 02:56am PT
Thanks Roger! Will do. Give me a holler next time you guys wander out to this neck of the woods; Perhaps a visit to The Warrior in the Fall?
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
  Apr 9, 2013 - 09:31pm PT
Nice!
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
  Apr 9, 2013 - 10:43pm PT
Nice.. Mr E. and I headed out to Frigid Air Buttress a few years back for the same reason. we thought.. flat approach, moderate climbing, no crowds.. looks good. Fun climb. The climb went off without a hitch.. the decent on the other hand... was definitely... memorable.
WML

climber
Edge of the Electric Ocean Beneath Red Rock
Author's Reply  Apr 11, 2013 - 12:18pm PT
justthemaid: I was thinking as we were descending, "Man, I would not want to descend this for the first time in the dark (or at all for that matter.)"

How was that descent in the dark?

Looking forward to getting on La Cierta Edad back there in the coming months, looks like another beautiful line. Same with Burlesque.
portent

Social climber
your mom's house
  Apr 17, 2014 - 07:02pm PT
Bump
skcreidc

Social climber
SD, CA
  Apr 17, 2014 - 07:25pm PT
A kick ass TR that I did not post on the first time I saw it. Shame shame on me.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
  Apr 17, 2014 - 10:52pm PT
The audacity. Posting a climbing TR on a political forum...
redrocker

climber
NV
  Apr 18, 2014 - 12:14am PT
Agree with you WML that this is a really fun route. Have only done it once several years ago but I've always wanted to do it again.

As a side note this route is a great choice for a party of three. As I recall almost every pitch ends on a huge ledge and you need two ropes for the raps anyhow.
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