Raging at Red Rocks

Blake near the top of Rob Roy, Alcohol Wall

Blake and I spent four days at Red Rocks to kick off Spring Break.  We had great weather and managed to do 29 pitches plus 8 or 9 hours of hiking (and one foot massage).  Here’s the tick list:

  • Amber (4p) — Good route.   The second pitch is the “money pitch”, with a sustained chimney/crack section.
  • Triassic Sands (2p) — Five stars isn’t enough for this route!  Maybe my favorite at Red Rocks.
  • Hot Fudge Thursday (6p) — Decent but not particularly memorable route.  Has an adventurous feel to it.
  • Diet Delight (2p) — After climbing Hot Fudge Thursday, we hiked around to the East face of Windy Peak and did the first two pitches of this nice route.  It made for a big day.
  • Ginger Cracks (7p) — My second trip up this route.  It’s worth repeating!
  • Power Failure (1p) — After Ginger Cracks I only had enough juice for the first pitch but the the second and third pitches look great.
  • Black Magic (4p) — An OK route on Lotta Balls Wall.
  • Bruja’s Brew (1p) — The first pitch is probably the best on Lotta Balls Wall.
  • Rob Roy (1p) —  Bold lead.  I’ve tried it before and backed off.  This time I pushed through the technical and somewhat runout start and it turned out to be a fantastic and long pitch.
  • Gin Ricky (1p) — Another fantastic pitch on Alcohol Wall.  Very close to my trad lead limit!

Pitch 3 of Hot Fudge Thursday




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