This was a fun climb. Lot of people on the route that day. Have some video of a climber at the crux on the last pitch. I took it from the trail. Looks scary!
An awesome peak with a wonderful group of hikers.
Climbed the standard six pitch route. Great day climbing with Johanna. Unfortunately, we got stuck behind a very slow moving group. Ended up rapping and hiking out in the dark. So much for those plans to climb Dark Shadows.
Outstanding technical climbing on the first few pitches, leading to classic "desert peak" scrambling for the final half of the climb. Unique position. With Tom Scott.
Great route on nice rock. Lots of people on the rock that day. Had to rap in the dark.
Hiked in via Fern Canyon. Very windy on top but yet still a beautifull day!
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.
Loved the 5.6 hands on the last pitch....
Nice class 4 route. Beautiful views of the Red Rock backcountry.
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.
Incredibly difficult route finding up 3rd class trail on the west side of Mescalito
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.