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The Whale is the long, humped fin on the west side of Red Rock Canyon between upper lake and the north side of the Quarry.
Two trails access the wall. The first takes off from the west canyon trail and climbs to a notch with steps and a dirt bank and then up left and back right through scrub oak to the northern part of the face. The rail reaches the face just south of Aphrodite. The second ascends a bushy ramp system left (south) of Solar Slab to the right of Never Ever Slab, walk left along the top of the slab to reach the cliff-base trail. A path along the cliff base connects the two trails. Avoid bushwhacking and scrambling off the trails, so new social trails or not created. Also, watch for poison ivy. (All information is from Red Rock Canyon Open Space book by Stewart M. Green.)
Never Ever Slab (down and left of the bulk of The Whale)
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Whale:
Blow Tube Envy 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 105'
The Good Stuff 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Sport, 1 pitch
Aborigine 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 55'
Honeymoon Down Under 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b PG13 Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
Undulating Dingo 5.8- 5b 16 VI- VS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Virgin Bolters 5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Just Happens 5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
The Captain 5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
The Thin Line 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Happy Ending (formerly Top-Rope) 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'
First Mate 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Mister MIA 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Route to the left of The Thin Line 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
Among the Stars 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
Gomers in Blue Shirts 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
Aphrodite 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
The Plunge 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Arnold’s Demise 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 105'
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The Never Ever Slab 5.0 2- 4 I MM 1c CO : Colorado Springs : ... : The Whale
This is a low angled slab which has a variety of low end difficulty, top rope lines from a single set of Metolius rap hangers. There are a variety of small ramps that crisscross this face. The crux is in the last 10 feet of the climb. With good balance, you could ascend the entire face with feet only climbing.There are still some friable edges and chunks of loose rock along the way, so beware if you are hanging out below....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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