The Monument Rock Climbing
Randy Leavitt on Desert Gold, July 1991
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This series of cliffs is located just outside the entrance to the Black Velvet Canyon, on the right-hand side as you look up the canyon from the parking lot. The best way to find the area is to locate the Desert Reality roof, which is a large triangular roof capping a thin strip of tan rock surrounded by darker desert varnish.
Most of the routes here are single-pitch, with 2-bolt rap anchors of varying quality. Many of the raps require 2 ropes. The cliff faces southwest so it's a good place to go if it's too cold to climb on the Black Velvet Wall.
The highlight of this area is the route Desert Reality, pictured on page 339 of the latest edition of the Swain guide. 15' or so of dead-horizontal roof, with a clean splitter going right out its center.
Start at the Black Velvet parking lot, and walk up the trail a quarter mile or so until you can clearly identify the Desert Reality roof to the right of the mouth of Black Velvet canyon. You can see the roof from the parking lot if you know where to look, but it's a lot easier to identify after you walk up the trail about 20 minutes. The triangular-shaped Desert Reality roof caps a thin vertical strip of light-tan rock within an area of darker rock.
After identifying the roof, leave the Black Velvet trail and diagonal right across the desert on faint climbers' trails to the base of the crag underneath the roof.
Weather station 3.1 miles from here
10 Total Climbing Routes
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Classic Climbing Routes in The Monument
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Monument:
Handbone 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Clipper 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Desert Gold 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
PG13 Trad, 2 pitches, 150'
Featured Route For The Monument
Chinese Handcuffs 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a NV
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Chinese Handcuffs is the obvious sick looking tips & ringlock splitter on quality looking sandstone on the northern end of The Monument wall. Begin up the twin cracks moving from one crack to another. Very good and varied movement. Surmount a bulge midway and stare up at the vicious splitter that awaits. Plug some gear and chug-a-lug your way up clipping the bolt if you please or placing a small cam that protects the strenuous crux quite nicely. Continue upwards. Nice send, friend. Rap off the p...[more] Browse More Classics in NV
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