cLIMBED VIA THE gULLY on the 23rd and reached top of 5th pitched. Returned a few days later and climbed via Johnny Vegas (much more fun than Gully), then made it to top of 7th pitch. Takes awhile to rap. We had a 70m, but you still need two ropes ideally to get off.
Fun climb, mostly on big varnish holds. The walk-off is a bit gnarly, but not bad by Red Rocks standards, though it does require a bit of 5th class downclimbing. Trip report.
After 300 multi pitch trad climbs at Red Rock, I finally climbed Solar Slab. Left the trailhead at 2 in the afternoon....and ended up with the entire upper slab to myself on a beautiful March Saturday....was a bit shocked about that. When I reached the top, Joanne Urioste, a friend (Ken) and her son (Danny) gave me a free ride down on their ropes (took my harness in case I ran into someone I knew...but there is a pleasant walk off for those of you who do not know). They had climbed Black Orpheus and wanted to descend Solar. Great day out with great company on descent.
Success on our 2nd attempt at Solar Slab (ran out of daylight the first time). Endless fun on moderate climbing. FYI- we left our rope when we started scrambling up the class 3 slabs near the top to save weight. Don't do that. There's one more technical pitch, which we Solo'd because we were too lazy to go back for the rope. Oops. :-)
I climbed Solar Slab, approaching from the gully in March of 2003. Fun climb.
Running it out quite a bit on the third pitch! +1 to WML for a rap epic. My bad!
Wound up pitching out the gully below with a buddy who hadn't climbed trad prior as a warm-up, got a few pitches up, then had to descend due to lack of daylight (yay winter climbing!). Rappelled Johnny Vegas (double-rope raps, not recommended in the dark...just sayin.)
A few attempts, but keep running out of daylight. Winter climbing
PArt 2 of my first day climbing at Red Rocks. Climbed with dervin, dale and ryan. A sweet climb, linked with Johnny Vegas. We got rained on while rapping off but made it down fine even with 4 people sharing some pretty tight rap stations.
Great climb. Not too hot, but really windy. We bailed on the fourth pitch...Alongside Johnny Vegas this was my first longish trad route. Great time.
Another quiet climb on Solar Slab wall with Jascha. Combined with Johnny Vegas. Amazingly, no other parties the whole day. Bailed at the pitch after the last rap as the sun went behind Mt Wilson and the frigid winter winds picked up. Rope snags necessitated a few exposed solos, but we made it down safely.
Due to weather we had to bail just before the last pitch.. too bad! liked everypitch until then.. first big multipitch climb
Climbed this with my fiance and had a blast! Climbed Solar Slab Gully at night and bivied on the terrace in an effort to avoid crowds. Got a somewhat early start on Solar Slab. Fun climb, pretty straight-forward. Rope got stuck once on the rap descent, but luckily was able to lead on the other rope and retrieve it. Walk back to car (on 159) seemed very long.
Hit this route on a warm up for Black Orpheus was cold route untill the sun hits it in the late morning was a great day
Woke 5:50, on the trail by 7:00, made easy work of the gully, was going to rap off with couple behind us but they bailed on the 3rd pitch, got slightly off-route on fourth pitch, topped out around 5:30. 9 hours, 8 Rapps, 5 ahh shit moments, 4 route finding errors, 3 bail binners, 2 hole's in my partners pants, and one droped flashlite later we were back in camp (2:30am).
Climbed with a group of four and we bagged the summit near dusk in high winds and with only two headlamps. Prior knowledge of the descent would have been helpful, but as it was we managed to get down safely, but it took us several hours.