As the guide book describes, it a bit contrived with lousy fixed pro (ground fall potential). I lead this route back in 1998 and remember getting psyched out on it but finishing it anyway. Still felt that way when Deb and I did it. Typically, Red Rocks ratings are soft. But this one I would give a solid 5.9....and fairly sustained on the bottom section (mostly technical).
Dave and I did a couple of routes on this rock, most interesting was a burly 5.8+ with not much protection. Love that sandstone!
Red Rocks is where I learned how to climb.
2005 October 16: Soupy Sales (5.6+) With wife, brother, and some good friends.
2005 October 23: Chicken Gumbo for Your Dumbo (5.6); From Soup to Nuts (5.7); Abbey Road (5.4).
2005 October 30: Carpetbagger (5.6+).
2005 October 06: Badger's Buttress (5.6).
2005 December 04: See Spot Run (5.6); Elementary Primer(?) (5.7+); Seams Novel (5.7+); Dangling Participles (5.8); Subject-Verb Agreement (5.8).
My long time hiking buddy brought some co-workers for a big group to scramble and climb. A lot of fun because you can play it by ear in this area. A good introductory for those new to climbing.
Hiked and climbed various class 3 and 4 routes for a couple of hours. I plan to check out some class 5 stuff soon.
Enjoyed a week of great climbing in Red Rocks. Physical Graffiti was a good starter after two hours of sleep following a 16-hr drive! A good route with some nice views.
I really enjoyed the climbing on the second pitch. It's a long one, though, so make sure you save some gear for the top. The climbing eases after the first 40 feet or so, but still very enjoyable.
Every chance I get I go up to Red Rock Valley and try a different way up to the top of the Calico Hills. This is a great spot to get away for a few hours and usually 10 or 12 degrees cooler than Vegas.
the scrambling here is delightful
This 2 pitch route up the large dihedral above the Black Corridor is a classic fun climb.
Of these areas I've climbed in, the only one I wouldn't recommend would be Moderate Mecca. It's just nasty there. Magic Bus, Ultraman, and Panty Wall get lots of sunshine, good when the weather is snotty for the longer canyon climbs in Red Rocks.
Lots of sport climbs and solos over the years. Fun stuff.