Fantastic weekend in Red Rocks started on this route, which is full of variety and was in the shade the entire time. "Tunnel" portion is great, chimneys were bit a challenge. Ran into a few other parties including solo free climber.
We had a late start, left parking at 4PM, and did this route with the approach, climb and descent in less than 4 hrs. A lot of sh.t on the route. I found the tunnel section easy (I think easier for small people). Still a fun route, but did enjoy the other routes more, e.g. Birdland or Olive oil (all rated as 5.7 climbs)
A first for me in terms of hazards. I had to pass three parties, which was to be expected, even on a weekday, but the first had a sick young lady on 2nd. She threw up three times. I hugged the rock hard each time to avoid being covered in vomit. Just when you thought you had seen it all on these popular RR routes. Was rewarded in the evening with a delightful evening at Jorge and Joanne Urioste's house, sharing stories and tales.
After being rained off twice I finally made it up Tunnel Vision. P3 is a tough one..
I didn't completely enjoy this route. The weather the day before was scorching, so I expected the same thing. Unfortunately the weather was chilly while climbing so I didn't enjoy as much as I could have. It was my first multi-pitch, so I was a little overwhelmed.
Climbed with my girlfriend and Flyingmonkeys. Really fun route with many classic moves scattered about the 6 pitches. The third pitch is definitely the business though. Used a #5 cam more than enough times to justify the bulky/awkwardness of such a large cam.
I've climbed Tunnel Vision twice. Once in 1999, and again in 2006.
Great fun, mellow climb. The tunnel smelled of old urine. Please don't pee in there -- its kind of a sacred place for desert rats and other varmins. Easy warmup climb if you're looking for other challenges on Angel Food.
This climb is just plain fun. A nearly subterranean adventure. The 5.8 variation on the 3rd pitch (as described in Jerry Handren's fine guidebook), climbs left from the semi-hanging, bolted belay, past a protection bolt, to a shallow right-facing corner ten feet left of the main chimney. It has excellent and well-protected climbing, leads right back into the cool rail at the top of the crux chimney, and is easy for the grade. A word of advice (learned the hard way): in the tunnel, DO NOT go straight up and around the obvious chockstone above. Go up twenty-five feet, then trend almost horizontally left on a ramp to the window on the left. (The window cannot be seen from inside the tunnel--only when you pop out of the tunnel.) The descent can be done easily without rappelling.
Climbed this with a party of three one one rope. Got to love someone else six inch cam stuck in the off width.
Climbed this route in 1995. Extremely long day behind some slow groups made for a summit in the dark, but all in all it was a blast.
Climbed with Willie Hunt and his friend Brent, as an evaluation to become a SCMA member. Fun climb, with amazing tunnel in the 5th pitch, easy run out. By the way I forgot the headlamp and it was ok, enough light.
I forget the exact date, though I vividly remember the "tunnel".
Late start with Jascha so we did the 5.8 slab variation that ends at the tunnel entrance to save time. Fun runout. 2:30 climbing time.
As Matt said, a little cold, but no worries. Friends of mine said they did not like the looks of the run out stem on pitch 3 and took a two pitch bolted variation out left. We did all trad, except for the one station at the top of pitch two which could be left trad as well. I guess it is there for bailing purposes. Pitch three is run out if you stay true to the line. If you are a skinny pair like us, you can stick two large cams in as your stemming up and before you come out onto the run out face. Instead of any big bros, I just took my #5 camelot and it came in handy here. When you are carrying such a big piece through chimneys, imperative that you place it early, then the 2nd has to carry it! Little disappointed in the tunnel, thought it was more dramatic than that. All fun though. The roof pull at the top was fun, I would not avoid it. Easy walk off; good times; cold beer at the jeep.
It was a fun climb and my longest to date. It was a bit chilly because the sun doesn't hit the route at this time of the year. Climbed with Dow Williams.
Climbed with Pat Bauman on this trip. This is a straight forward fun route.
Climbed with bighornmonkey both times and had a blast on both variations (inside the tunnel and on the face outside it).
I lead this route twice so far. The first time I missed the TUNNEL part of tunnel vision so I had to do it again. Great climb!
Climbed with Robertthethird. There's no such thing as a bad weekend in Red Rocks. We climbed this in 4 pitches. Route finding seemed pretty straight forward. I was a bit nervous leading the chimney on pitch 2. It was a bit narrow for me to feel really solid and it is tough to protect. By the end of the chimney my legs were worked.