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YDS: 5.10b/c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
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Submitted By: J. Thompson on Mar 26, 2009

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Nathan leading Handbone

RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>


Climb the very nice, Indian creek style hand crack in the left facing corner. The crack starts perfect Gold camalots then pinchs down near the top. There is a nice ledge, and a great anchor, on top of the pitch.


After the initial approach up to the base of Desert Gold traverse around to the north(right) on a very loose and broken ledge system. After traversing around an amphitheater start looking at the wall above . . . the climb will be obvious.


1-2sets camalots from .75 to #2.

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Rock Climbing Photo: That's your crack.....
That's your crack.....
Rock Climbing Photo: Handbone, 5.10. Photo Gina Matranga
Handbone, 5.10. Photo Gina Matranga

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By Andy Hansen
From: Longmont, Colorado
Feb 17, 2012
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Worth the hike for the best splitter of its grade in Red Rock. Is there another route of this quality in the Park? Show me.
By David Donovan
From: Sammamish, Washinton
Feb 18, 2012

A great splitter, but this climb is very short. Only worth checking out if you have some other climbs in mind.
By Andy Hansen
From: Longmont, Colorado
Feb 18, 2012
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Well, it certainly is short but I'd be hard pressed to say it's unmemorable. I respect your opinion though because I'm sure you've visited the Creek, Moab, Yosemite, etc. and you can understand what splitter heaven is really like. But, if you're a Vegas local looking to rev up for a visit at any one of those locations this is going to be your best bet at training for it and getting a taste as to what it will be like.
By Jon O'Brien
From: Nevada
Feb 27, 2013

first pitch of clod tower
By Weston L
From: Summerlin, NV
Nov 4, 2013
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

About as rad as 60 feet of climbing can get! A bit of a hike to get to, but a cool zone to explore. Stellar climbing on very solid rock.

As far as fixed hardware, the anchor definitely could use some ASCA love. Old homemade-looking hanger on the top bolt, which looks more solid than the quasi-rusted SMC hanger beneath it.
By JF1
From: Las Vegas
Nov 29, 2013

Thanks to a donation from the ASCA this route now has an anchor with SS bolts and Fixe double ring hangers.
By Weston L
From: Summerlin, NV
Nov 30, 2013
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Thanks for the replacement work, ASCA folks!!!
By Action in Solitude
Apr 2, 2014

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