Just back in Colorado from Red Rocks, Nevada for a quick recharge before heading down to Indian Creek! Fantastic to feel back at home in the desert after a long alpine summer season. I put together a quick edit of my time climbing and guiding in Red Rocks last week. Check it out, and let me know what you think!

During our time in Red Rock, my guest Sam and I managed to tick off many spectacular routes. Our tick list pretty much explores all of the mega-classic moderates in Red Rocks.

We climbed: Cat in the Hat (5.7), Solar Slab (5.6), Tunnel Vision (5.7+), Olive Oil (5.7) and Frogland (5.8). All were definite “crowd-pleasers” for both guest and guide (great when that happens!).

After a great 5 days of exploring the moderate classics, I connected with a good friend Ben Traxler (of Prescott College and American Alpine Institute fame) to have a go at another (not so moderate) classic. The Original Route on the Rainbow Wall. B.T. and I learned to climb together and were consistent expedition and climbing partners during our Prescott College days and beyond. While climbing we reminisced about the many epics and alpine disasters we experienced in the early stages of our vertical careers.

Ben and managed the wall in about 8 hours, in a take-no-prisoners style of climbing. No direct aid gear, but liberal use of nylon holds. For those looking for a similar style of ascent, be prepared to for a 5.11+ obligatoire rating.

Rocktober is far from over and if you have the hankering for some steep crack climbing at Indian Creek and/or Moab, UT or even a quick blast to Red Rocks, have a look at my Custom Rock Climbing programs and get in touch!