A sunny crag at the saddle between Calico Basin and the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. This crag's belay ledges offer incredible views into the park to the west and the city to the east. The views from the cliff face are even more spectacular - don't forget to look! All routes are protected at the top with anchors. Coupled with a nice Mark Limage route, (November Daze, 5.7, 100') about 50 feet west of Interproximal Stripper, this is an easy place to spend a full day with friends. Enjoy!
Approach as for all other routes in Calico Basin and expect a 25-35 minute approach. Hike all the way to the top of the saddle. This crag is about 100 feet short of the summit and on the right (North) side.
A 5.8 start gets easier as you get higher! The main TR line on the crag. This climb ascends just to the left of the crack that splits CYT in two sections and can be established either from Interpoximal Stripper (with a run-out over easy slab), or by ascending the gully to the left (West) of CYT. After ascending the gully approximately 40’ continue right, up the back side of the main formation. Rappelling on these anchors provides easy access to Laughing Gas and Interproximal Stripper. P...[more]Browse More Classics in NV
Thanks Todd, and Mike! Looks like a great place to bring family or friends that may be new to climbing, or..... "rehab" climbing for partners/friends recovering from injuries. ; ) I can't wait to get my check up! Such a beautiful area! Thanks for all your hard work guys!
By rex parker From: mammoth lakes c.a Oct 22, 2006
awesome great fun climbing for the whole family, except i dont recommend bringing little kids as the deck is on a perched ledge about 150 feet from the canyon, so if they need supervision dont bring um but other than that this place is awesome for teaching new people it has everything.
Had a great day out at this climb (Jan. 8th). The crag was in the sun for most of the day, though there was a chilly breeze during the early afternoon. Definatly do not belay from below the climber, there is still a good bit of loose rock coming off the wall. Great views, sunny wall, a variety of climbing levels, lack of crowds, and the fun approach will make returning to this wall a must before the cold season ends :)
This is a nice area, with fun moderate climbing, and a great view of both the Calico Basin area and the Red Rock loop. Unfortunately though, there are sections on a few routes where the bolts have been spray painted to match the surrounding rock, and it was done while the hardware was in-situ. The wall has a "connect the dots," look going on, with over spray radiating out from all the polka dots. I think that camouflaging bolts is a great idea, but please paint the bolts with their appropriate color before installation.
Fun climbs, but the approach is a lot longer than 35 minutes (it took us 1.5 hours), and the scramble to the left to access top rope anchors is not passable. Maybe somebody else is interested in that scramble, but i wouldn't do it without a belay.