|By Thomas Beck
From Las Vegas, Nevada
Mar 1, 2014
I've been climbing in and around Red Rocks since 1978-79. 1998 I moved here permanently and worked as a high end commercial finish carpenter. 2010 I retired. There is a member profile here and I am in some guidebooks.
i am not climbing as hard as I used to but I am still active. Climber's lifestyle...I live modestly and do a few road trips in the summer and fall. The location of the apartment (near Torrey Pines and Lake Mead) seems a bit distant from Red Rocks but because your entrance to the freeway and Summerlin Parkway is so close, it is about 25 to 30 minutes driving time to the loop station entrance.
It's also well situated if you like the limestone of Mt. Charleston in summer. It's a matter of opinion, but I think the Charleston area is the "real sleeper" yet to be developed area around here. Two blocks driving and you are on the US 95 to Kyle Canyon. 20 minutes to Desert Rock Sport and the Gym.
To help defer personal expenses, I listed the apartment share on Airbnb at $16 a night. That's approximately 50% of my housing expense.
This Friday there is a climbing group from New Zealand coming in for 3 days of sport climbing and they are staying in the second bedroom. They saw my post here.
Consider this a modest upgrade from a hut or hostel situation; nearly as cheap as the campground, which as we locals know can be very noisy, crowded, windy, sandy and cold at this time of year.
The campground also lacks lights, air conditioning, a king size bed, a hot shower, flush toilet, warm lighted space to hang out in, high speed wireless, washer/dryer, sink, stove, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, blender and enough utensils to produce a healthy meal..
The room still has time slots available during March and April. You can check what former guests say and my booking calendar on the Airbnb site if you follow the link above. If you have never used Airbnb you book and pay online with a credit card or PayPal.
The trade off...Besides a warm place to stretch and do body weight exercises, there a few climbing mags, guidebooks and climbing videos around....No rodents, no campfires, few birds singing in the morning...(the doves, pigeons and starlings hang out near the trash dumpsters early morning around here), you have to step outside to see the sunrise.
I'd really prefer a longer term roommate and I'd offer a deal to someone who wants to stay during the summer times I am in City of Rocks, Needles and Courtright but no one is coming around.
Minimum two night stay.