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Offline scottydo

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Red Rocks TR - Dream of Wild Turkeys (and more)
« on: May 05, 2009, 01:53:37 am »
This is my first TR that I've posted so bear with me.

So I got a couple of buddies from my climbing gym to come with me out to Red Rocks to get some multi-pitch climbing in. I was originally going to do Crimson Crysalis (5.8/9pitches), but the guy who was going to climb it with me had to bail so I tagged along with the other guys who were going and were planning on doing Dream of Wild Turkeys (5.10a/10pitches). I was bummed that I wasn't going to get to do Crimson Crysalis but I was stoked to be climbing with some guys who had more multi-pitch experience and were doing something a little harder.

So I got to the camp site near the park and did some gear sorting.


The others got in late but were troopers and got up early so we could be the first ones to the climb. We made our way up to the climb and there were already a couple guys up on the second pitch of Prince of Darkness. Our route is the right leaning crack to the right that works over to the wider crack farther up and right then eventually works back left and meet ups with Prince of Darkness at the top of the 7th pitch.


Brian and Lauren getting geared up and ready to climb


Didn't get as many pics as I wanted but was able to get some. Here is Brian working his way up the tenuous 5.10a traversing 3rd pitch to a nice little ledge.


Looking down from the top of the 3rd pitch.


Lauren belaying Mike as he leads the 2nd pitch below Mike and I.


We decided to chill for a bit on the ledge and snack. You can see Vegas from here!


Picture of Brian with the rest of Black Velvet Canyon behind him


Didn't get any picture of the long and tough offwidth 5.10a 4th pitch that Brian lead but it was a good one (even if my #4 C4 did get welded inside the crack...damn!). I tried forever to try and get that thing out...oh well. But here is a picture of Mike after having lead the picth, just as the wind starts picking up and it begins to rain intermittenly. (yeah, we had to call it...bummer!)


Brian and I had made it to the top of the 6th but with the rain and wind we all started our rappel down. We were able to double rope rappel straight down from the top of the 5th pitch so we could avoid the 4th pitch that eats ropes (we saw a ton fixed in there). We did get to rap over this cool roof though for a little space rappeling.


We were all bummed to have to bail but happy to be out of the wind and a little better sheltered from the rain.


So we were all beat and called it a night. Here's a picture of the next morning. I think those clouds were what had started hanging over us the previous day.


So on our second day we went and did some sport climbing in the Black Corridor. Did some really fun 10s and 11s. Here's a couple quick pics.




After a few solid sport leads we all called it a day. Went and had some big burgers at Chilis and and checked out the Rock Climbing gear shop (Desert Rock Climbing or something) off of Charleston (sweet store by the way! you have to stop by there if you go climb in RR). Overall I had a blast (even with the lost #4 C4). Will have to go back and finish the climb some time.

Thanks for reading.
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Re: Red Rocks TR - Dream of Wild Turkeys (and more)
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2009, 07:43:58 am »
Good stuff, there. Good call on the bail, BTW, That rock gets delicate when wet.
Man, that Black Corridor is a herd, huh? Sheesh.

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Re: Red Rocks TR - Dream of Wild Turkeys (and more)
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2009, 09:45:16 am »
Wow.. looks like rush hour!



Looks like you had a lot of fun, nothing like climbing in the desert (except when it rains)

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Re: Red Rocks TR - Dream of Wild Turkeys (and more)
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2009, 12:09:21 am »
yeah it was a blast. And from the couple times I've been to RR that is what the Black Corridor looks like. Plenty in there though.

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Re: Red Rocks TR - Dream of Wild Turkeys (and more)
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2009, 11:05:07 pm »
+1 on the herd estimate. Mungie don't play that game.


Nice on BV.  What's the next big thing you aiming for?







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Re: Red Rocks TR - Dream of Wild Turkeys (and more)
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2009, 06:48:26 am »
Yeah, inquiring minds want to know.
You can always say"top secret". Old Valley tradition, that.

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Re: Red Rocks TR - Dream of Wild Turkeys (and more)
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2009, 08:14:44 am »
ha ha, nothing top secret about what i want to do. Right now the next things on my list are some Valley climbs. Probably Bishop's Terrace, Snake Dike and After Six or After Seven. After that it really just depends on what opportunity arises. I'd love to go do some more climbing in Red Rocks. (Epinephrine, Crimson Crysalis, etc.) If I could convince the guys who went with me on this trip to go up Royal Arches that'd be great. (Bryan has already done it and had a mini-epic due to helping other climbers who weren't close to prepared)

The more I can climb, the better.