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Offline hoipolloi

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Not a wall, but going to Red Rocks. Route Suggestions
« on: February 08, 2009, 02:46:12 pm »
So, I know, its not a wall, but that doesn't mean its boring!  Im going to be in Red Rocks the 19th to 22nd.  Its one of those places that seems a bit intimidating the first time you go (in terms of the sheer volume of climbs).  What and where do those of you who have been there suggest going?  I know I want to get into Black Velvet Canyon for some long routes and probably go to the gallery to try to do some sport route cranking.  But thats all I know.



Suggestions?  Tips?  Tricks?  Heckles? Im open to it all!


Edit: forgot to say what grades.  Anything from amazing 5.7 to 5.11a/b maybe even 11c if its that inspiring to try it.
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Re: Not a wall, but going to Red Rocks. Route Suggestions
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2009, 03:27:48 pm »
Depending on the weather the long routes in Black Velvet could be pretty chilly because they are mainly north facing and get no sun. Presence of the sun can literally make or break a day in Red Rocks depending on the air temp w/wind chill.

Hard to recomend rotes since we don't know what grades you are looking for. Consider Birdland, it's easy grade but a stellar south facing wall. Solar Slab area is also really good in the winter.

Have fun!


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Re: Not a wall, but going to Red Rocks. Route Suggestions
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2009, 08:04:02 pm »
If you're in the area, The Great red Book, 5.8, was a pretty darn fun, and not too scary 2 pitches.  A couple big pieces (old school #4's, new school #5's, or #5 tech friend size) were darn helpful.  I think it was sunnyish facing?

Johny Vegas to Solar slab is excellent, though we only got to the 4th pitch before other parties bogged us to a halt :(


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Re: Not a wall, but going to Red Rocks. Route Suggestions
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2009, 01:53:13 pm »
WInter climbing in red rocks (for me) is always hit or miss. Generally you want to try to find sun, the above suggestions are all sunny options. I will add the brass wall to the list, which has some really fun cragging. Also the last time I was there it was pretty chilly and we spent an afternoon at moderate mecca, which if I remember correctly was pretty sunny as well and has some OK routes (pretty cool 5.10 sport route can't remember the name but was a cool overhanging feature).  Oh yeah and if it rains and you can't climb on the sandstone there are also some limestone sport climbing options.