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grayhghost


Jan 3, 2006, 10:16 AM
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70 and Sunny: RedRocks
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Christmas is a time for giving, and what better
present to give yourself than a nice, healthy tan.
With the weather report showing above average
temperatures in Las Vegas I decided to pack up
the Honda and pursue the American Dream with the GF.
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The first day was spent jaunting up a classic Redrocks warm-up. With easy stemming and face climbing around monster chimneys, Tunnel Vision is fun for everyone,
except the person carrying the pack.
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One of the endless chimneys of Tunnel Vision, on the Angel Food Wall.
The highlight of the route comes on pitch five where you stem and squeeze
your way behind a gigantic flake for 150 feet.
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The namesake ďTunnelĒ of pitch 5.
Christmas eve dinner consisted of kick-ass burritos and Corona followed by after-dinner drinks
in the reading room (car) due to the high winds.
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After-Climb Goodness
Day two took on a more serious air and we set off for Black Velvet Canyon early in the morning,
engaging in The Honda Civic Off-Road Challenge at dawn.
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The entrance to Black Velvet Canyon at dawn.
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Dream of Wild Turkeys, 9 Pitches, *****
(a team on Prince of Darkness is circled)

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Rachel on one of the crux, thin-edging traverses of Dream of Wild Turkeys.
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Rachel with a bit of air below her.
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Rachel on the killer finger crack of pitch seven
Day three was spent in a more casual manner, cragging at the Dog Wall and the Black Corridor.
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Grayhghost at the Dog Wall and Rachel at the Black Corridor
That morning we had found a vagrant squatting in the parking lot of the campground. Reeking of cheap whiskey, the vagrant turned out to be none other
than Ben, a friend I had met on a Vision Quest in the Nevada desert. We took Ben along during the cragging day and he turned out to know the area well.
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Grayhghost and Ben on a sweet hueco route in the Black Corridor
Rachel had to head home to attend to a job, a concept foreign to both Ben and I, but I was able to stay for a few more days of sunshine and Corona.
Day four found Ben and I warming up on Meisterís Edge, a classic arÍte down in the wash below the Second Pullout. We met another vagabond, Ryan,
lurking under this classic line.
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Ryan on Meisterís Edge.
We then headed up to The Trophy Wall where we picked up another character in our traveling caravan of debauchery, Jonathan.
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Jonathan busting out the steep lower section of The Trophy
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Jonathan getting an unorthodox rest on The Trophy

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Jonathan resting and taking in the beauty of Redrocks on The Trophy with Ryan belaying
Day five started with a garbled voicemail from Jonathan raving about Calico Hills and a new area called the Winter Heat Wall. We headed
out into the hills, stopping to do some bouldering as a warm-up.
It's a bit hard to explain bouldering to a pair of hard-cores who wanted nothing more than to suffer up a gapping offwidth, but they
eventually came around and sent some sweet lines.
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Ben and Jonathan, confused without a rope.
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Ben cranks on some black edges
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Ben on the classic The Pearl
After hiking up a techno-color wash and listening to Jonathanís stories of teenage hijinks (he grew up in Las Vegas) we ended up at the Winter Heat Wall,
a striking piece of pure patina.
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Ben on the namesake Winter Heat

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Jonathan on Strip Tease, a mixed gear and bolt route

I caught a ride back to the old SLC with Jonathan the next day and have been skiing ever since, but those pictures are for another day. . .


vegastradguy


Jan 3, 2006, 10:35 AM
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Re: 70 and Sunny: RedRocks [In reply to]
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nice report, but you lose some adventure points for not doing the upper pitches of Turkeys (which you can easily rappel), and who ever that is liebacking Plumbers Crack (a nice 5.10 OW) loses serious style points!

overall, a 8.5/10! (and a trophy for ya!)


chossmonkey


Jan 3, 2006, 10:38 AM
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This kinda seems like it should be in the Trip Reports section. Nice work regardless.

Trophy for you. :righton:


kyote321


Jan 9, 2006, 9:50 AM
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some of your photos are better than the ones in the mags


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Jan 9, 2006, 9:56 AM
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Boy do I want to go to RR after that TR. Great job. Those photos are awesome!


grayhghost


Jan 9, 2006, 10:27 AM
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I have posted some in the PHOTOS section of the site. Vote for them and they could be on the front page.

Thanks for the feedback!


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