Leader and Author: Gary Clark
Gary Clark, Lynn Clark, and two friends
Gary Clark's Red Rock Slideshow
(1993 to 2005):
Gary and Lynn traveled to Red Rocks,
Nevada for an annual spring reunion with a couple of old friends and
climbing partners; one coming from Boise, Idaho, and the other from
Anchorage. The trip was two weeks including driving (about 12 hours each
way). We stayed in the KOA campground, which was pretty decent, although
a long ways from the cliffs.
Main rocks as seen from the West.
Being the first real trip of the year,
we concentrated on long moderate classics and sport climbs. We had good
weather for about half the trip, but unseasonable cold and wind for the
other half. Several days were unclimbable, and we spent several
traveling to Zion, where the route we had in mind (Moonlight Buttress)
was so overwhelmed with climbers we gave up on attempting it.
Routes we did included:
- Lotta Balls (5.8)
- Olive Oil (5.7)
- Black Dagger (5.7+)
- Topless Twins (5.9), Varnishing
Point (5.8) and three others on the Brass Wall)
- 4 or 5 short sport routes on "Mass
- 3 sport routes on First Corridor
wall, Sandstone Quarry
- Epinephrine (5.9)
One of several 'straight forward' (5.9) chimneys on Epinephrine.
All routes were excellent, especially
the last, which is the best free climb I've ever done; some consider
this the "best 5.9 in the country". More beta on request.