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Is there trad in Red Rock Canyon? Oui. C'est vrai.
From the guidebook: on the far left side of the cliff. Layback a fingertip crack up an obvious, right-facing, arching corner until it's possible to exit. Climb directly above the arch to anchors in a shallow scoop.
Other notes: it is #9 in guidebook.
This is the furthest south developed route on the slab - see photo for prominent characteristics.
Rack: #0.2, 0.2, 1, 2 Camalots (from guidebook).
Bolted anchors at top.
Ti-Fou leading route.
Me on it. I don't think it's 10+. Maybe 9+.
My buddy climbing Solar Flare.
Wes making the move to the chains.
|By Steven N|
Aug 17, 2006
Would it be too much to say this is one of the best routes in RRC?? I personally loved it. Although I did it on TR, I'll be back soon for the lead. THIN fingers start to big ole underclings. SWEET rest before finishing move to anchors.
|By Rob Powell|
Jul 21, 2007
Bored of all the bolted slabs at RRC? This is a real treat. It's still a slab, but it's a crack, too.
This is really classic for the 50 or so feet long it is (just guessing the length). I had to climb it before I knew what the route was or what it was rated. Actually blew my 1st attempt because I didn't have gear small enough for the start and kept falling to the ground. Will take a #00 TCU at the start. Thanks for not bolting this route. The thin gear at the beginning adds to the fun.
Not as difficult as the guidebook grade of 11c/d. Just seems hard because it's slabby and you can't get your tips in the crack at the start. I'd agree with 10+/11-, since I suck at slabs and was able to lead this with 1 fall (yes, those thin cams will hold). Once you are past the 1st 20 feet, it's just fun.
Must do for the area.
Aug 29, 2007
The guidebook rating of 11c/d refers to the climb to climber's right, which is certainly that grade. This climb can often be distinguished from the constant supply of leaver biners on the last bolt.
Jun 15, 2008
Snake alert, On Saturday a climber on Solar Flare got bit by a snake when he put his hand in the crack at the start of the climb about 5 or 6 feet from the base (I was climbing two routes to the right on Tava).
We could not identify the snake as it retreated back into the crack. The climber seems to have been ok so either it was a dry bite or it was not a rattlesnake. The crack is very deep making it very difficult to see the little bugger.
|By Ben Burnett|
May 12, 2010
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a PG13
Very good, to bad it is short. No pins left (5/1/10) at the start. The crux seemed to me to be getting to the first gear placement 15 ft up (Aliens fit well). 9+ maybe.
|By Bill Olszewski|
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 26, 2010
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a
This one is just pure fun, all the way up.
|By Jacob Resman|
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jan 28, 2011
Best route in the canyon!
|By Mike Smyth|
From: Spartanburg, SC
Mar 19, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a
One of my favorites in Red Rocks. I had been eyeing this one for a while. I think 8- is a little underrated, but it is definitely not a 10 grade climb. Stuck my finger in a cactus that was growing under the undercling. Tried to clean some of that debris out. Great climb, though.
Apr 8, 2013
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a
Blew my first piece of pro ever today on this route. I didn't use a sling on a nut placement about halfway up. I used just a quickdraw which let the nut wiggle just enough to pop when I slipped while I was messing with a cam placement. Great route, but like always, use those slings. I would say 9+ becasuse of the last moves to the anchors. Cheers to decking.
|By Joe Van Sant|
Aug 4, 2013
Try leading this only nuts alone, it makes you have to find good resting spots and lengthens the climb a little bit. The top traverse is a little runout with no nut placements but on easy climbing. Makes it a solid 10.