A large, super aesthetic boulder that sits behind the Wake Up Wall. The front side faces south and houses easier slab routes, while the north side has high quality, technical routes on a lovely chocolate varnished face. This crag's close proximity to Wake Up Wall (about two minutes) makes it a good place to warm up, cool down, or mix in a different style of climbing than the other western SQ walls. All of the route ratings are based on the opinions of the very few that have attempted them. They may change as I get more feedback.
Approach as for Wake Up Wall. Follow the wash behind up to a small notch, and then down into a wide wash. Turn slightly right and pass a very short route on your left (Up and Down, 5.10c). Continue up a little slab, and The Walrus sits directly to your right. 15 minutes from the parking lot.
Starts 10 feet right of Expert Textpert. Climb the prominant, blocky flake up the vertical wall.Variation (5.11a): Bail right at the third bolt and finish on Pornographic Priestess....[more]Browse More Classics in NV
It is a neat little formation. I did consider carefully the idea of The Walrus housing highball boulder problems, but dismissed them as too dangerous given the rock shelf that sits behind. The cruxes are, for the most part, near the top, and blowing off in some of those places would be absolutely disastrous. Besides, Red Rock has plenty of lines that are shorter than these: The Gallery and The Pier, two very highly traveled crags, have routes that are shorter.
When the temps in the sun are flirting with 100 degrees daily any visitor to this hot land will be pleased to find a quite, cool and proud area that sports some great technical sport climbing. The Walrus is a bit hidden yet close enough to the wakeup wall to venture out for an hour or two. Don’t front, this wall will challenge your footwork and it becomes obvious very quickly why the wall is bolted and not a place for just pads. Well bolted + the anchors are placed cleverly to allow for cleaning of one from another. Get your stretch on and make sure your feet are not of the Sloppy Joe variety…otherwise you won’t send.