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SCHOHot!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2015


Nice climb. Mid-Oct. 9 am start. Pitch 1 in the shade then directly in the sun for most of the day. Continued up to the summit after pitch 6. Rap'd off with a single 60m.
Posted Oct 13, 2015 6:28 pm

SawtoothSeanMy Fav  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 24, 2014


Really a great route, lots of fun, mostly relaxed climbing. small crux move on P1 and last pitch, but nothing hard.
Posted Feb 3, 2014 9:29 pm

oliverkaltNo solitude  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 23, 2013


Are all RR climbs this nice? This was my first visit to this area and it turned into a very relaxed climb (with a lot of company).
Posted Mar 24, 2013 3:58 pm

emilieCat in the Hat to the top  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 12, 2013


We climbed Cat in the Hat to the top of Mescalito. Above the final standard pitch, there is 500ft of 4th class and then a final pitch of 5.7. Found that to be the crux by far of the whole route with a committing chimney onto the red face. We scrambled to the top to summit Mescalito and then chose to the infamous complicated walk off (plus 2 raps) via the North Fork of Pine Creek. Lost daylight and chose to bivy. In the morning light, it was still challenging but easier to find the cairns leading to a gully where the first rap station is located. I would call this climb "Epic Lite." :-)
Posted Mar 16, 2013 1:21 pm

Dow WilliamsCat in the Hat  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 17, 2012

Dow Williams

My 8th solo climb at RR....young couple (actor/producer) from LA kind enough to let me join them on their ropes down. Had not climbed it 5 yrs, and definitely forgot the last few meters of slab...woke me on solo for sure.
Posted Nov 17, 2012 8:54 pm

atavistNo, that's a tortoise in a shell  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2012


Second time up this route. First time was around 2006 or so with a big group (first trad & multi-pitch). This time I led and added some variations. Started with the '5.9 off-width' 40ft right of the start. This is actually a full-on squeeze chimney. A bit dirty and protection requires a little thought. There are some decent ledges in the back but good technique is helpful. Then we cruised the mid-section and finished with a lead up the 5.10b/c arete. It's a bit balancy but the crux is fairly short, just before and after the second bolt. We didn't see any other climbers and only one group of 3 was even hiking in the canyon all day. I guess the heat keeps the people away.
Posted Jun 11, 2012 1:58 pm

icypeakLots of fun!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 4, 2011


Great climb, lots of variety. On this day, we had the route to ourselves, which I understand is unheard of! Ok, it was a bit chilly, but no wind and beautiful sunshine.
Posted Dec 18, 2011 4:59 pm

ephratFox in Socks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 10, 2011


Absolutely gorgeous day for climbing! Pretty much had the place to ourselves, perfect temps and almost no wind. Pitches 4 and 6 are definitely the most fun (and the spiciest!). I ran it out in some places, but the climbing was mostly easy.
Posted Dec 11, 2011 10:39 am

SKIVery Nice Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2011


More like a 5.7
Felt good to finally finish this guy.
Posted Jun 13, 2011 9:07 am

Vinnypurrr  Sucess!


fun times on our first trip to Red Rocks- great winter destination from Canada.
Posted May 27, 2010 3:46 pm

michellenCat in the Hat  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 16, 2009


Baked in the sun, but fun climbing!
Posted May 6, 2010 5:32 pm

WMLgot shut down


my head certainly was not in the game. not even close. had a bit of a rap epic the night before and just was not mentally there.
Posted Mar 6, 2010 2:00 am

SKISweet sandstone


Almost made it to that fab 4th pitch before we had to bail.
Posted Dec 30, 2009 10:28 pm

pyergerthe cat  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 25, 2008


Climbed a few times, over the years. Always a good climb!
Posted Jul 29, 2009 10:44 am

HyadventureWay too Crowded  Sucess!


The route was way too crowded. I was very bored waiting for other climbers...
Posted May 28, 2009 5:21 pm

bfrenchCat in the Hat  Sucess!


First climb in Red Rocks.
Posted Apr 30, 2009 9:53 pm

BAMFclimberFun!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 17, 2009
nice climb
Posted Apr 1, 2009 10:20 pm

jamesmhWay too crowded
Date Climbed: Nov 22, 2008


There are far too many people at this climb. We were at the trailhead at 7am and were still only able to get the first three pitches done before rapping down and hiking back to the car in the dark. We spent most of the day waiting for others. Looks like a great climb, so I hope to come back another day and finish it.
Posted Nov 26, 2008 2:30 am

Sam Page2x  Sucess!

Sam Page

I climbed this twice between 2000 and 2002. It's a fun, moderate, well-protected route.
Posted Apr 26, 2008 9:55 pm

Dow WilliamsCat in the Hat  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2008

Dow Williams

Stacy and I were the first up Cat in the Hat for 2008. One other team on the route, but they bailed before the last pitch. A tad chilly I suppose. Little surprised why this route is so popular. Only 2 of the 6 were real pitches (we combined the first two as I assume most do) and I concur that they were real nice for the grade, 4 and 6. But I have been on much more aesthetic routes. The arete variation (can do this once you rap back down to the top of #4) is fully bolted now, feels like 5.10b. Radek's notes were excellent. His always trump any guide book. Speaking of, saw a new guide book is out for Red Rocks, a real thick one that is on REI's shelf, forget the author, but it did not look very special to me after I read a few routes I have climbed that were not previously published. Looks like she stuffed a ton of stuff in there, but not real quality particularly when you can pull this stuff off the net from "first handers" for free. Cheers.
Posted Jan 3, 2008 7:37 pm

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