The Gun Club (5.6-5.12b)

Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 36.22994°N / 115.33703°W
Activities Activities: Sport Climbing, Toprope
Seasons Season: Spring, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 3100 ft / 945 m
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Overview

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If Red Rock is wet or too busy, time is limited and you need a super-short approach, or if you're just looking for a change of rock type, the Gun Club is going to make you happy. Unless you hate bleeding, that is, for the rock is a sharp limestone. Even if you don't bang a knee or elbow and rip it open, your fingers are going to hate you after a few climbs here, and if you're going to climb here often, don't use your favorite shoes unless you like replacing them monthly.
 
Although there are a few lines that look leadable on gear (with suspect rock quality), it's strictly sport climbing here, with most routes nicely bolted, meaning you usually don't have to go in terror until clipping the first bolt or in between bolts. That's not "hard-core," but on single-pitch sport routes, I'll take safety over thinking I'm a badass.
 
Many of the anchors are dual cold shuts or mussy hooks, making lowering and rappelling easy. Others are just hangers with chains or rings, so be prepared either way.
 
Routes tend to be 40-50'.
 
I get the sense that despite the easy access and the good bolting that seems to be the norm, this place doesn't get too crowded except when the sandstone is wet. During one sunny spring break, I visited this spot three separate times and never saw another climber.
 
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Getting There

From 215 on the west side of Vegas, take the West Cheyenne/Cliff Shadows Parkway exit and head west. The road quickly bends north. At its intersection with Alexander Rd., turn left and drive into a public park. Take trails leading into a canyon with two parallel walls. Once in the canyon, you can head along a trail following either wall, and you'll soon start seeing bolted lines.

Routes

The North Wall (faces south) more lines and more moderates. The South Wall (facing north) is harder overall, though both walls have at least one 5.8 and at least one 5.12. The route lists come from comments on Mountain Project by a local climber; he admits that the names in quotes are ones he just made up. Routes in bold are ones I have climbed.
 
Update-- the North Wall has several additional lines now. I have talked to someone from the group that put them up, and he confirmed that they had not named the routes and that my estimates for grades were about on par with theirs. Some of those new lines, those I have climbed, I have added in italics (and bold); After the last of those, there are still 2 or 3 new routes in the 10a-10c range, but I have not climbed them yet and have not included them lest I unintentionally create confusion.
 
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North Wall

From left to right as you walk along the crag from the parking area:
  • Mini-Gun 5.6-- A small roof pull makes this pretty solid for the grade.
  • Unnamed 5.9-- Pulling the small roof is the crux. I think going direct from the bolt is 5.10a or a solid 5.10, but you can move a bit left while not going entirely onto the 5.6 and keep it at 5.9. The people who put it up gave it a 5.9 grade, and I am listing it as such, though I do not know if that grade is based on the direct finish or on drifting left.
  • Twin Weapons of Mass Distraction 5.10a-- The only 5.10 move is pulling the overhang at the top, but the clip is easy to do. The first bolt is a bit high compared to most other routes here, but the climbing to it is easy, maybe 5.6ish. On MP, this route now has a consensus grade of 5.9+.
  • FN Five-seveN 5.7-- The last route before the small roof runs out. Some awkward moves down low for the grade, and a fun roof pull.
  • Trigger Happy 5.6-- First line to the right of the small roof.
  • Bushmaster 5.8-- The crux comes after clipping the second bolt and moving through the third.
  • Quick Draw 5.8-- Sharp rock and hidden holds make the lower section interesting.
  • Unnamed 5.6-5.9-- This is just left of an obvious corner/crack system that will go trad if you want to trust the rock or know you won't fall. Using holds in the corner, I estimated the route to be 5.7-5.8, and not using those holds, I felt it was 5.9 or maybe 5.10a; the people who put it up felt it was 5.6 and 5.9, respectively. It shares anchors with Quick Draw.
  • Misfire 5.9-- This is the first route to the right of the corner/crack system. Its MP page mistakenly lists it as being several yards to the right and sharing anchors and some bolts with Pistol Whipped.
  • Unnamed 5.9-- Starts a bit right of Misfire and ends at the same anchors (sport clips) or an anchor a little farther right with rings.
  • Pistol Whipped 5.10a
  • Ricochet 5.11b
  • Point Blank 5.11b
  • Rock Salt 5.11c
  • Muzzle Loader 5.12a
  • #17 5.11d
  • "Bolt Gun" 5.12a
  • "Retro-Bolted Corner" 5.9
  • Under Cover 5.11b
  • Clay Pigeon 5.11a
  • Friendly Fire 5.11d
  • Staring Down the Barrel 5.11c
  • "A Traverse" 5.7-- Very awkward with the bolt placements, and very difficult to clean on rappel after solo-leading it. What looked like a fun and easy way to end the day turned out to be a real pain in the ass. 
Mini-Gun (5.6) and Twin Weapons of Mass Distraction (10a)Mini-Gun (5.6) and Twin Weapons of Mass Distraction (10a)
Mini-Gun (5.6) and Twin Weapons of Mass Distraction (10a) and FN Five-seveN (5.7)Mini-Gun (5.6) and Twin Weapons of Mass Distraction (10a) and FN Five-seveN (5.7)
Trigger Happy (5.6) and Bushmaster (5.8)Trigger Happy (5.6) and Bushmaster (5.8)
Misfire (5.9)Misfire (5.9)

 

South Wall

From left to right as you walk along the crag from the parking area:
  • "Unknown Face" 5.11b 
  • Marksman 5.12b
  • Skeet Surfin' 5.10c
  • Gun Shy 5.11b 
  • Sharpshooter 5.11b 
  • Sharkstooth 5.11b
  • Under Fire 5.10a
  • Bolting Without A Permit 5.10c 
  • "7" 5.10d
  • "Unknown Corner" 5.10a
  • "Unknown Face2" 5.11c/d
  • Slingblade 5.12b
  • Pot Shot 5.11d
  • High Caliber 5.12a 
  • Small Arms 5.8+ 
  • Sharpest Shot 5.9-- very sharp rock! 
  • Young Guns 5.10b 
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South WallSouth Wall
South Wall-- Sharpest Shot (5.9)South Wall-- Sharpest Shot (5.9)

 

Red Tape

None other than watching out for private property, as there always is some kind of construction going on in the area. I am not sure who manages this land, whether it's BLM, the state, or the city or county.

When to Climb

Spring, fall, and winter. Summers can be okay if you show up early or late and climb on the shaded side of the canyon.

Camping

None available.