There’s more to Red Rocks than climbing. Come along as we go off on a little diversion from the main purpose of our trip to Vegas. Blue Diamond is a little town, about 12 km down the Red Rocks Scenic Highway from the entrance… Continue Reading “Blue Diamond: A Singletrack Gem”
And now, back to our regularly scheduled program… (we were in Vegas to climb, after all!) This was quite possibly my favourite climbing crag. Perched very high up the cliff face on varnished walls, it’s quite the fun scramble to get up there, over the… Continue Reading “The Lofty Aerie of Coco Crag”
While there are plenty of hikes to do in Red Rock Canyon, we were after a long one that would give us a birds’ eye view of the climbing crags we’d been playing in… and Turtlehead Peak fit the bill. Its peak rises, looking… Continue Reading “Perched On The Nose of a Turtle”
Climbing is a puzzle. A wonderful test of mind and body, it stretches your limits in highly satisfying ways. Unlike many other physical outdoor activities, there is a lot of mental work going on, whether it be conquering a fear of height or falling,… Continue Reading “The Fun Puzzles of Conundrum Crag”
The Panty Wall is a very popular crag for climbers due to its proximity to the park entrance. Yup, “Panty Wall.” Climbing crags and routes have strange names! Red Rocks has a lot of terrific crags and this is one of them. One disadvantage… Continue Reading “The Panty Wall of Red Rocks”
Red Rocks is an amazing area in which to climb. With thousands of established and well maintained climbing routes, there are plenty of places to go, plenty of routes to absorb the climbers that flock to this area in droves, and plenty of places… Continue Reading “Red Rocks’ Climbing Crags”
“Where are you going?” “Vegas.” “What!? YOU are going to Vegas?” We called our first trip to Las Vegas, years ago, the “Over My Dead Body” trip…. Everything I knew about Vegas seemed at odds with the way I choose to live my life.… Continue Reading “There’s More to Vegas Than You Think”
“Got the headlamps?” “Check.” “Coffees?” “Check.” “Puffies and toques?” “Yep.” We were up before the crack of dawn on our last day in Zion, ready for one last taste of adventure before we had to leave her for the climbing Mecca of Red Rocks… Continue Reading “Sunrise at Canyon Overlook”
We were up at the lookout by 10am and it was already a GONG SHOW! The lookout, the trail and the chains were so over run with people! With people trying to test their fear limits, doing Angels’ Landing is nothing more than a cloying, mind-numbing traffic jam of an experience. Add to that a spattering of people frozen by fear, their companions trying to talk them through it, hundreds of people full of nervous chatter and giggling, then people trying to take charge of the chaos and bring some order to the situation and you have, in short, a nightmare.
“I wonder what’s around that corner?!” Famous last words…. And with that utterance, our half-day hike became a full-on, full day, 18km walk in the park. Without a lunch. Rookie mistake.