Sunday, May 23, 2010

Free Climbing Rainbow Wall (Red Rocks)

Rainbow Wall in the distance
Our original plan was to climb Epinephrine after Cloud Tower, however my friends Lukas and Casey convinced Daniel that we should climb the Original Route on Rainbow Wall (13 pitches 5.12a), they were going to try the Rainbow Country variation. Lukas got Daniel psyched and I was excited to give this route a go. We were going to do the route car to car and arrived as the gates were opening to the park. The approach was long and steep towards the end but went fast since Lukas and Casey knew the way. They started up first and we followed behind until our routes split. The climbing was right at my limit pitch after pitch, the climbing featured steep face climbing to thin cracks, stemming corners and the occasional bouldery move. The style of climbing really made me go for it even though you had climb above your gear and was a little committing at times with insecure moves. Tremendous route and one of the best long free routes I have done. Daniel onsighted every pitch while I hung a couple times on the 12A pitch and hung on the 11d pitch down low.

the approach

getting closer

Daniel leading the first pitch 5.11c, Casey leading pitch 2, 5.11d

Lukas cruxing on the 12d pitch of Rainbow Country

the Crux 5.12a pitch

Next to last 11b pitch

Calico  Hills and Vegas in the Distance

Psyched to be on the Summit, we gave it 2 thumbs up

Hiking out as the sun sets with the lights of Vegas in the distance

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