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(Black Velvet Wall) One of the top 25 routes in this collection!

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Another brilliant Urioste route at the best sandstone area in the U.S., Epinephrine is a long and varied climb that includes aesthetic and interesting technical chimneys, exquisite face pitches, and exciting scrambling to reach the top, where a big descent awaits. Some parties bivouac, but it can be done comfortably in a day by an efficient party. Older published topos show 18 pitches, but with a 60m rope, it can be done in as few as 9. You will not enjoy the lower part of this route without solid 5.9 chimney technique. A popular climb in its class, it is not yet totally overrun because of its length and sustained nature.


Lowland Rock (crag)




Red Rocks Conservation Area, (near Las Vegas), Nevada, USA



G4, G40, I10


IV, 5.9


Route Descriptions & Maps:

Route diagram Click for descent diagram

First Ascent:

J. & J. Urioste, J. Herbst, August 1978


Trip Reports:

Altman 5/02
Hamilton 10/00
Lancaster 4/99
Clark 10/98
Wright 5/96