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Location: cassondra : Red Rock : Photo
By: cassondra When: Jan 27, 2014

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Comments: Yes, Brian, it is a route, and it is no surprise that you haven't heard of it, as it has not been published. It is nice having a long route to enjoy without waiting in line. It goes at 5.7+ and is 9 pitches long.

Location: NV : Red Rock : First Pullout : Ultraman Wall : Godzilla (5.7)
By: cassondra When: Jan 13, 2014

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Comments: Easier than Scent of the Ultraman, but more runout.

Location: NV : Red Rock : Second Pullout : Wall of Confusion : The Runaway (5.10-)
By: cassondra When: Jul 9, 2013

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Comments: The left hand anchor bolt on this route is loose.

Location: NV : Red Rock : Juniper Canyon : Brownstone Wall : Hueco Thanks (5.7)
By: cassondra When: Jan 5, 2013

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Comments: I might put it more like "tread gently to the summit of the Sandcastle subsidiary face," which we did not do, eschewing most of the 3rd pitch due to rock quality. Would rather have had double cams. The recommended double nuts came in more handily on our descent.

Location: NV : Red Rock : Calico Basin : Moderate Mecca : Photo
By: cassondra When: Nov 13, 2012

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Comments: Ahh! The Moderate Mecca bouldering tortoise!

Location: NV : Red Rock : Icebox Canyon : Sunnyside Crags : Mister Masters (5.9+) : Photo
By: cassondra When: Oct 29, 2012

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Comments: Beautiful shot!

Location: NV : Mt. Charleston : Blue Sky Bluff
By: cassondra When: Jul 30, 2012

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Comments: Thanks for the preview, Mike. A nice introduction to limestone!

Location: NV : Red Rock : Icebox Canyon : Necromancer Wall : Atras (5.8)
By: cassondra When: Jun 25, 2012

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Comments: First pitch is excellent, with a bit of novel movement, stout for the grade. Second pitch looked like very poor rock quality, we didn't do it. Also there is a wonderful bolted route on the face to the right of P1 that starts on the ledge, don't miss it (goes at about 10a., a couple of pieces of gear makes it more comfortable, 70m rope gets you to the ground from the chain anchor.) In the end of June, these two routes get shade until about 1pm.

Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Photo
By: cassondra When: May 27, 2012

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Comments: Beautiful pic! but not quite what I expected a pot of gold to look like.

Location: NV : Red Rock : First Creek Canyon : Romper Room : Algae on Parade (5.7)
By: cassondra When: Jan 15, 2012

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Comments: Fun route with slab, face and crack climbing. The bees are not very active this time of year (we only saw 4 or 5 of them, probably due to the icy air wafting down from the top of the mountain.)

Location: NV : Red Rock : White Rock Spring : Sheep Skull Crags : Rock, Paper, Sugar (5.9)
By: cassondra When: Sep 22, 2011

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Comments: The sugary base of the route is big and juggy, not intimidating in any way. Some really fun moves to be had on the nice varnish.....nice lead, Lacie!

Location: CA : The Needles / Kern River : Elephant Knob : Elephantiasis (5.7)
By: cassondra When: Sep 19, 2011

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Comments: Hiked out to Elephant knob this past week (9/2011), and sadly, the routes still have a lot of peeling to do before they will be climbable. Looked scary loose.

Location: NV : Red Rock : Second Pullout : The Observatory : Bewitched (5.5 PG13)
By: cassondra When: Mar 2, 2011

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Comments: Fun route. Well bolted at the crux. Pretty laid back in the runout up the arete. New bolts up to the the Eye of the Cyclops, and the two bolt anchor is new as well. Didn't go to the top of the formation, but rapped w/2ropes. Probably fine to rap down the front of the formation w/70m and a little easy downclimbing. Can TR the other two routes to the left of Cyclops Eye with top belay and directionals placed on rappel (small cam placement for 5.9 directional, clip top bolt for 5.10 route) or belay... more >>

Location: NV : Red Rock : Oak Creek Canyon : The Friar and Byrd Pinnacle
By: cassondra When: Feb 2, 2011

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Comments: Byrd Pinnacle is a great place to climb in the winter, as it is very sunny all day.

Location: NV : Red Rock : Oak Creek Canyon : The Friar and Byrd Pinnacle : Xyphoid Fever (5.10)
By: cassondra When: Feb 2, 2011

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Comments: Handren's guide lists a 5.9 variation that goes up the left-facing corner to the left of the roof. Some enjoyable crack climbing to be had. We TR'd this after climbing Byrd Pinnacle left.

Location: NV : Red Rock : Oak Creek Canyon : The Friar and Byrd Pinnacle : Byrd Pinnacle Left (5.8)
By: cassondra When: Feb 2, 2011

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Comments: great route for the winter time. gets sun all day. no crowds.

Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Brass Wall : Zen and the Art of Web Spin... (5.5)
By: cassondra When: Jan 8, 2011

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Comments: the bottom of the route is cornchip crunchy with no pro.

Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Straight Shooter Wall : Orange Clonus (5.10d)
By: cassondra When: Jan 7, 2011

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Comments: just so you know, whilst admiring this route from the base, i got the urge to pull up on the first move, then as i reached for the second, i spied the little snake in the crack right where i was going to lock my fingers. from the look of his diamond pattern, i believe he was probably a baby rattlesnake, though i cannot swear to it, since he wouldn't show his face.

Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Brass Wall : The Big Horn (5.8)
By: cassondra When: Nov 16, 2010

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Comments: Starting on Rawalpindi is the way to go. There are features less obvious than the finger crack that make this route go with less difficulty. Really fun route, and not much competion to get on it.

Location: NV : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : Whiskey Peak : Frogland (5.8)
By: cassondra When: Aug 4, 2010

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Comments: Out today early, nobody else here the whole day. First 2 pitches were in the sun, but pretty comfortable. The rest of the route was in the shade. A frozen 2 liter bottle of water helps keep the approach comfortable when carried close to the body.

Location: NV : Red Rock : Calico Basin : Black Wall (aka Happy Acres... : All that, Jazz (5.8)
By: cassondra When: Jun 28, 2010

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Comments: About 20 ft up P2 is a swift's nest in a hole. There is a bit of bird dung at the mouth of it. The parent was a bit upset with us being there, circling rather close to my head a number of times as I was belaying, then shot into the hole. Could hear the babies clamoring for food.I imagine it would be a bit of a surprise if it shot OUT of the hole as a leader reached that spot.

Location: NV : Red Rock : White Rock Spring : Angel Food Wall : Lean Lady (5.6)
By: cassondra When: Apr 19, 2010

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Comments: We selected this route based on information found in Handren's guide, which described 4 pitches of mostly 5.5, with a 5.6 crux (the Lean Lady chimney.) We did it in 3 (sort of) with a 60m rope. It felt significantly more difficult than 5.5, more like 5.7 R.

To begin, we scrambled up the ramp on the left (south) side,and began our first pitch at the leaning scruboak on a ledge inside the chimney(per guidebook description,) quite a way off the ground.

We went right, instead of left of the roof ... more >>

Location: NV : Red Rock : Southern Outcrops : Disappearing Buttress : Prime Rib (5.7)
By: cassondra When: Mar 15, 2010

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Comments: Definitely 5.7, but not the best choice for a new leader due to less than obvious route-finding and loose rock. It should be better after it cleans up a bit. With the loop just crawling with spring break vacationers and people who showed up early for the Rendezvous, Disappearing Buttress was a great place to avoid the crowds. The only other people we saw out there were those whose headlamps we spied from afar as they made their way back from
the south face of Windy Peak.

Location: NV : Red Rock : Southern Outcrops : Disappearing Buttress
By: cassondra When: Mar 15, 2010

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Comments: Be sure to factor in enough time so you don't walk back in the dark. The walk off the top is not bad, but the hike from the base back to the parking area is not well defined due to lack of traffic. The sublte complexity of the terrain makes route-finding a challenge. The going is steep in places with a lot of loose rock and cactus (so much cactus,)and of course scruboak thickets (nothing like a little bush wrestling to end the day.)

Location: NV : Red Rock : Calico Basin : Riding Hood Wall : Physical Graffiti (5.6)
By: cassondra When: Nov 28, 2009

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Comments: There is now a bolted belay anchor at the top of P2 positioned somewhat below the crack where one would customarily build a gear anchor. This should speed up the conga line a bit.

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