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Red Rock EscarpmentVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Climbing avatar Oct 23 2010
juliachaos
Climbing4.50 Miles 730 AEG
Climbing4.50 Miles3 Days         
730 ft AEG
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A few of us met up for a trip to Red Rocks, one of the most amazing places I've been to for climbing. Met up on Friday and then headed on up for a fun weekend of camping and climbing.

Day One: headed out to the Gallery. Really nice area. Obviously, everything at Red Rocks is just gorgeous, so you can't go wrong no matter what. I mostly sat and took pictures of others climbing, but did end up getting a couple routes in. The highlight of the day was watching Janelle on a tough lead. A high clip and long fall over a boulder made this route especially heady. She fell twice but managed to get it on the third time after receiving a helpful tidbit of beta. Really exciting for me to see someone else struggle with, but then conquer, their fears. Nice job, Janelle!

Day Two: my first multipitch: Frogland. Mixed feelings on this so far. I probably should not have been holding the topo, as I kept going back to it and thinking about what was to come. ("Oh those moves were tough! Wait, what? That wasn't the crux? There's two cruxes?? And they're harder than that???") It comes down to: I thought I was gonna die. Okay, so we were well-protected and I was up there with two other very experienced climbers, but that doesn't take away from the fact that I'm terrified of heights, on a sheer rock face with sweaty hands, and 400 feet perpendicular to the ground. Plus, it was lots of crack climbing, and I struggle with that. Didn't help either when I looked up at one point and saw my belayer taking pictures while using an ATC. I was pretty well ready to dial in a helicopter, but my climbing mates somehow picked up on how uncomfortable I was (could it have been the tears streaming down my face?), and also noted that the wind was blowing in gusts and darkness would soon fall, so we set up to rappel back down. Only made it about halfway up the ~800 ft ascent, but I'm okay with that. Literally kissed the ground when I finally got back down to it, then waited for Janelle and Danny to return from Wild Turkeys. We all headed into town for a buffet, everyone else diving into the crabs while I opted for pasta-based meals and delicious desserts. Excellent meal, but I couldn't wait to get into my sleeping bag and just pass right out. Mmmm.

I did like the multipitch experience, but I'd like to try something a little simpler next time. The holds were actually not that bad, but the elevation was playing games with my perception and tore down confidence in my climbing ability. I'm thinking: non-slabby 5.7/5.8 with 3-4 pitches tops would be right up my alley. ;)

Day Three: no one was really feeling the climbing bug on this cloudy day, but we all headed up to Cannibal Crag anyway. A couple routes were put up, and I jumped on TR on the non-windy side of the crag. Dealing with PTSD flashbacks from the previous day, I decided that one was enough and resorted to taking pictures with Janelle's camera instead. Then we all packed it in and went back to town to refill on gas and eats, just as the sun was clearing up the sky for a perfect climbing day. Oh well. Had an awesome weekend with some new experiences. And now that a week or so has passed since everything went down, I can say I loved every moment of it and I can't wait to go back. ;)
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