Man's Best Friend
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Approaching the bolted belay station halfway up.
A closely bolted, enjoyable climb that heads straight up slabby white rock on pitch one, then into rippling red on the second. The view is great all the way up and the rock itself is a pleasure to climb on. An excellent introduction to multi-pitch climbing for those so inclined.
Located about 150 yards from the parking area, the first pitch is hidden by the fin of rock that forms the east wall of Front Corridor. Use hidden rappel anchors to drop down into the corridor and get to the base of the climb.
First pitch is 90 feet and has 8 bolts, second pitch is also 90 feet with 10 bolts. Decent belay ledge halfway up with a secure hanging belay at the top.
The two pitches can be linked if you are so inclin...
When rappeling, there is some motivation to stop a...
BETA PHOTO: This route is easy to find if you know where to lo...
The First Pitch
First time on sandstone! I think I'm addicted!
BETA PHOTO: Watch your rope at the first belay, tons of stuff ...
Joining the group at the belay!
First climb in Red Rock, can't wait to come back!
Patrick Clark seconding the 1st pitch
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|Comments on Man's Best Friend
From: Las Vegas
May 30, 2008
One of the bolts on the rap station to get to the route has been pulled out. Its an easy scramble in and out! Great route for a first lead since it's well bolted! Great route in general!
|By Brandt Allen|
From: Joshua Tree, Cal
Sep 30, 2008
There is a bolted route left of Man's Best Friend. Any info on this?
Mar 28, 2009
A potentially easier approach which avoids the rappel is to head a bit more right immediately out of the parking lot compared to the photo. There is a huge boulder and if you turn left right after this, you enter a small gully. At the end of gully (probably the third you pass after you exit the parking lot), it is a very easy downclimb and then a short walk to get to the start of the route.
|By Kurt Burt|
Oct 10, 2009
Been a guide here for years never knew about the route. Just got off the route with my son Adam who is 7. His first multi pitch route, just me and my boy just a perfect evening in the red rocks. Why you you rappel the approach? Just walk in with a 10 foot 3rd class move doen the gully from the route.
|By Shawn Neal|
Nov 27, 2009
There are 3 routes left of MBF,all of which start on a ramp about 40'
left and 15 up. The 1st is Mollie's Malecone, a trad route up a shallow crack that protects well with aliens and med. camalots, save a small piece for the horizonal 3/4s up. A bolt protects the white slab below the crack. 5:8+ 90' to chains.
The next route left is Riley's Revenge, sport 8 bolts, 5:9 100'to the chains.
Next route left is Paislie Pockets, up the slab to a right facing corner up to the horizonal, traverse right to a left facing corner at the top move right and up to the chains. 5:7+ pg 2 ropes or 1 70 meter for rappel.
Corey Cogley and I put up all of the routes on the face 2-04. We call the the area The Pet Wall. Mark bolted MBF on lead after Cory and I had done it without bolts, not realizing till he reached the chains, a small detail Mark and I laugh about.
|By Ed Lysne|
Dec 2, 2009
Fun route. Approach: Easy quick rap from straight across the gully.
Route: I led it in 1 pitch (60m) and skipped a few bolts. Rap in 2
|By nick johns|
Feb 8, 2010
HAHA DOR! I remember the day i came up with mud all over my subie!!! Great sandstone routes in my old home town.....To think it was 5 years ago when we first worked these routes!!!!Winston Wall I think was the name!
From: Mammoth Lakes, Ca
Apr 30, 2010
Great, and super fun multi pitch sport route. Super protected (1.5-2 moves for each bolt in some areas) seemed a lot easier than 5.7 especially when compared to some other trad routes.
From: Lakewood, CO
Jun 8, 2011
Wonderful sport climb and VERY well protected which you'll never hear me complaining about. A couple of the bolts on the first pitch are spinners right now.
|By Alex Rogers|
From: Sydney, Australia
Oct 4, 2011
Excellent climb, good intro to new leader / new to multipitch.
|By Garrett Wilson|
From: Henderson nevada
Jan 15, 2012
I really enjoyed this climb, my first multi-pitch. Perfect to start out, it seems like its a first for alot of climbers so I rated it great just for the fact that it's a popular beginners choice. Real close to the parking and an easy scramble in. The route is real fun, easy climbing and good bolt placement. However when I did this, one of the bolts at the belay point below P2 was loose and pulled out a bit so it was interesting, and also there were a few spinners as well. Im sure it's been done alot since I did it so hopefully these issues have been fixed. Overall its a good climb for anyone, gets good sun, and be prepared to be in lots of tourists photos, anyone on this climb attracts alot of attention from all the people in the parking lot. Enjoy!
From: Fishers, IN
Feb 10, 2013
Great route for introducing new climbers to the joys of multi-pitch climbing. Have used this climb many times in the past for instruction. No need to repel the approach. Stay to right by 30' and climb down into gully. Well if not over protected, but that does make it a perfect route for new leaders.
Mar 18, 2013
My girlfriend and I went to climb this and was waiting for a party of three to rappel off when we wet to clip into the hangers to begin the rappel approach. We noticed the two bolts were spinning and I pulled out one of them with just my hand, left it on the ground, and the other one would have came out it as easily. The party said they had approached the climb from those rappel anchors and one of them was clearly more experienced than the other two. After reading these other comments about spinning hangers on the climb and not sure whether they had been replaced or not we decided against climbing it because of how sketched out we were. I recommend anyone want to climb this route to REALLY be careful and hopefully this route will have upgraded protection soon.
Just a reminder to just not trust protection out there. It hadn't rained or snowed recently and was just from old gear.
|By John Wilder|
From: Las Vegas, NV
Mar 19, 2013
1) don't take bolts out, even by hand (unless you can leave a safe option). Even in shear, they are plenty strong for a rappel. Just let someone know it's bad. Leaving them out will endanger others.
2) there is an extremely casual 3rd class approach about 50 yards south of the rappel to this climb. Climbers looking to do this route should use this option until someone has time to go replace that bolt. (and, truth be told, it might be a good thing that anchor has gone the way of the dodo, as its completely unnecessary)