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M and N DenyerRoute Climbed: Cat in the Hat Date Climbed: December 26, 2004  Sucess!

M and N Denyer

A fun "classic." The hike is fairly straightforward, especially for Red Rocks. We enjoyed the fun climbing on an overcast, but dry, December day. The "hiking" sections were interesting; complete with a cairn on the first main ledge. Upper pitches very pleasant. We finally bumped into some fellow climbers--two couples were behind us. All in all, a good day of climbing.
Posted Jan 4, 2005 12:13 pm

ShaaseRoute Climbed: Cat in the Hat Date Climbed: Fall 1998  Sucess!

Shaase

Loved the 5.6 hands on the last pitch....
Posted Jun 22, 2004 4:16 pm

cp0915Route Climbed: up Fern Canyon down Pine Creek Canyon Date Climbed: Mar21,04  Sucess!

cp0915

Nice class 4 route. Beautiful views of the Red Rock backcountry.
Posted Mar 22, 2004 10:31 am

rpcRoute Climbed: multiple Date Climbed: multiple

rpc

Climbed the following routes:



Cat in the Hat (5.6). Thanksgiving 2002.

Dark Shadows (1st two pitches; rained off). January 2004.

Dark Shadows (1st four pitches). March 2004.
Posted Mar 17, 2004 4:17 pm

bc44caesarRoute Climbed: Pine Creek Trail Date Climbed: 4 Dec 2003  Sucess!

bc44caesar

Incredibly difficult route finding up 3rd class trail on the west side of Mescalito
Posted Feb 16, 2004 1:08 pm

JoshRoute Climbed: Dark Shadows (5.8, IV) up, Cat in the Hat (5.6+, II) down Date Climbed: January 18, 2003  Sucess!

Josh

Free-soloed the full 14 pitch version of Dark Shadows to the summit of Mescalito. It took about an hour from the base to the summit. I downclimbed horrendous chimneys and bushes to the top of Cat in the Hat, then I downclimbed Cat in the Hat.
Posted Jan 23, 2003 11:25 am

Eric TiptonRoute Climbed: "Dark Shadows" Date Climbed: May 1999  Sucess!
My son Luke Tipton and I climbed this route to the top. We did the route in 11 pitches with a 200m rope. The decent is the crux, we headed west at least a 1/2 mile then north and found a rap route down a chimney system back to pine creek. The route was enjoyable ,getting the summit was great, climbing with my son was priceless.
Posted Dec 11, 2002 11:09 pm

darinchadwickRoute Climbed: Cat in the Hat Date Climbed: April 2002  Sucess!

darinchadwick

What a great climb. A little easier than we expected after some other Red Rocks routes. The easier the rating, the more awkward the climbing seems to be!

We actually beat most of the crowds to this popular route, but it was hard to rappel with all the people coming up.

Didn't climb to the true summit, just rapped from the standard end of the climb.
Posted Dec 8, 2002 7:36 am

asmrzRoute Climbed: The complete Dark Shadows IV, 5.8, 14 pitches Date Climbed: April 25th, 1987  Sucess!

asmrz

Robert Somoano and I climbed the 14 pitches of Dark Shadows with Robert leading the 1st pitch (10a-b) variation start, which is now called Sandstone Sandwich. We thoroughly enjoyed climbing over the roof at the start of the fifth pitch (5.8) and following the buttress up for some ten more pitches to the top of Mescalito. The complete 14 pitch climb (IV, 5.8) was one of the early classics at Red Rocks. If you can find the old Guide Books that describe the descent, try the complete route. You will be glad you did.
Posted Dec 7, 2002 1:47 pm

JoshRoute Climbed: Cat in the Hat and Dark Shadows Date Climbed: Many  Sucess!

Josh

A great little pyramid of rock. I've climbed a couple different routes on Mescalito many times -- always free solo. I've only visited the summit once, but it was worthwhile.
Posted Dec 6, 2002 6:13 pm

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