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By Tane Owens
From Pahrump, NV
May 14, 2013
Nice place.

So, I will officially be moving to Pahrump, NV towards the end of July as a serving from July 2013 to July 2014 as a member of the AmeriCorps. It's full-time work, with what seems to be a lot of down-time (if that makes any sense). I'll be working mornings to early afternoons almost every weekday. That leaves late afternoons, and weekends all to myself... and Red Rock.

I'll have both the bouldering and roped climbing guidebooks so I should be able to get started out there by my lonesome. Although I enjoy bouldering, I can only climb at the base of these amazing cliffs for so long before I will need to get up there.

So, I need a partner. Nearly all of my experience is sport, which I love, but I also enjoy a good boulder session and have recently been expanding my skills in trad, which I'm really digging. So really I'll climb anything. Sport lead mid 12's but I'm a 5.15 belayer, boulder right around V5's and V6's but I think that will improve pretty quick once I get out there, and I can trad lead in the 10's (this will also improve with every pitch).

I realize it's hot in the desert until the winter months, but are there any bouldering areas in the shade that I might be able to survive late this summer? Or sport areas? Which reminds me, I wouldn't mind checking out Mt. Charleston or some other steep powerful areas either.

While I'm here, I might as well ask if anyone knows of a decent yet inexpensive spot to live in Pahrump? Anyone need a roommate? Anyone looking to rent out their basement, loft, or guest spot? Let me know.

I'm a safe climber with a good attitude, crash pad, sport gear, and a modest but growing trad rack. I'll probably bump this post when the time is a little nearer but go ahead and shoot me a PM anytime and we can exchange some information.

Thanks to any advice at all!


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By Eric-D
From Las Vegas, nv
May 14, 2013

It's close to an hour from Pahrump to most all of Redrock. We are able to get there by 4:00 during the summer and climb for a solid 3 hours and hike out in headlamps. There is plenty of good sport routes in RR but trad is where it really shines.


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By Tom-o Sapien
May 15, 2013
Conky and I confront Patrick Swayze

Lived there in LV & Henderson for 3-1/2 yrs in the early 90's working construction.
Worked 5am to 2:30 and by the time I got to RR temps would be considerably cooler than in town.
Plenty of boulders at the Kraft area and scattered erratics at RR had shady spots to at least get some respite from the heat.
Try hooking up with someone with a boat for some DW soloing in "the narrows" at Lake Meade to really cool your brain in the late summer months. Use caution till you get above the high water mark where the rock is generally more cohesive.
Good luck out there Tane and say hello to Elvis for me if you see him!


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