Prince of Darkness, 5.10c

2nd Pitch- 140’- 5.10b/ Even though the 6th pitch is rated at a higher grade, many consider this 2nd pitch the crux of the climb. In reality, pitches 2, 3, 5 and 6 are all sustained and challenging for their respective grades. Pitches 3 and 5 require more gear placement. Follow at least 15 bolts straight up maybe placing a piece or two along the way. Note that you will pass a rappel station on your left. This is the rappel station you want to use to rap the route to the ground on descent versus the belay at the top of the 2nd pitch.
Prince of Darkness, 5.10c, 6 Pitches, Black Velvet Wall, Red Rocks, NV, October, 2008


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Marcsoltan - Oct 15, 2008 1:18 am - Voted 10/10

A classic,

I've always wanted to do this one, never had the chance.
Wasn't it hot this month?

Some great climbing shots.
Happy climbing,

Dow Williams

Dow Williams - Oct 15, 2008 11:00 am - Hasn't voted

Re: A classic,

Marc, I climb in exteme temps, Canadian Rockies winter ice and desert towers in the summer... so my tolerance is a bit tweaked to doubt, but keep in mind Red Rocks is quite a bit cooler than Vegas and then Black Velvet Wall is one of the cooler places to climb at Red Rocks. So Oct would never be to hot here. That being said, I felt Sept in St. George was quite a bit warmer than last year. Thanks for the kind words, cheers.


rpc - Oct 15, 2008 12:32 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: A classic,

"Black Velvet Wall is one of the cooler places to climb at Red Rocks"

In both literal & figurative terms! :)
Great stuff Dow - makes me miss red rocks.

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