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Dow WilliamsCeltic Cracks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 30, 2012

Dow Williams

Led all pitches. With Brooke from Boston. Celtic Cracks possesses one of the hidden gems at Red Rock NCA. Its roof pitch, named the Shamrock Roof, linked with the corner pitch below it is one of the finer moderate (5.10) pitches of trad climbing in the park. We simul-climbed Rising Moons (I have soled this route on-sight before) and then the gully rap descent to the base of the climb, a very direct approach. This route can easily be done in a day. I guided the route, leading every pitch, managing all rope work and had no problem being in Vegas for dinner on a short fall day. That said, the descent description given on MP.com and in Handren’s guidebook (the exact same word for word) is quite misleading and no longer relevant. I have updated a more direct descent on Summitpost, set up for a 70m rope. Only two pitches go at 5.10 and I linked them. Although the roof has a published grade of 5.10d, most including myself would say that section of the climb is closer to 5.10-. After those two pitches, there is not a pitch harder than 5.9 and the upper half of the route follows the same wide crack to the top. With a C4 #4, 5 and 6, I never considered the route run out.
Posted Nov 12, 2012 10:29 am

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