1. Red Rock has extremely ideal opportunities for teaching and learning how to build anchors - from sport climbing to trad.
|Bryan Winther setting up an anchor after leading his first sport climb on a 5.7 route on the Upper Hamlet Wall|
|Mother and 8-year-old son working together as belayer and climber at the family friendly Lower Hamlet Crag|
3. Red Rock has some of the longest, most moderate multi-pitch lines I have come across.
|Dillon Chen climbing a 5.8 heavily featured corner on Epinephrine, with roughly 1000' of air below him|
|Jennifer and John are all smiles on the second pitch of Frogland, 5.8 - an area classic|
|Nancy and Kim, college buddies of 20+ years, at the top of the first pitch on the 6 pitch classic - Cat in The Hat, 5.7|
6. Red Rock has seemingly limitless rock, and opportunity for first-ascents abounds!
|Looking at pitch 3 and 4 of Frigid Air Buttress on the right, with endless beautiful rock and cracks on the left|
|Doug Foust leading a crux 5.9+ finger crack through heavily varnished rock.|
|Christie Galitsky climbs through the third pitch of Armatron, on what seems like handmade bricks of perfectly patinaed sandstone|
|Patrick Harris enjoying his first attempt at crack climbing, before transitioning onto the featured face of pitch three on Ginger Cracks, 5.9|
10. Red Rock climbing makes me happy!
|Doug Foust, the author, and Walter Larkins enjoying a summit shot on top of Frigid Air Buttress|
All of these photos were taken in the past few months, with too many more to share. I feel so blessed and thankful to be working here through the Winter and Spring, and want to share this amazing place with as many people as I can. The weather has been beyond stellar, with many days this December forcing me to seek shade because it was a little too warm in the sun.
I know this blog gets readers from across the country and the world - so let me repeat that slowly and more clearly: There is sun and warmth in Red Rock, NV, even in the middle of winter. Perhaps I'm more astonished by this seeing as I spent my past few winters in the Pacific Northwest's winter, but I'm just excited to spend the next 5 months of my life in this wonderful playground of rock. Come join me!
Lead Rock Guide - Red Rock, NV