|Andy Hansen nearing the top of "Suffering Cats"|
Last weekend Zak and Beth came up to Las Vegas from Flagstaff to see the new place and to spend some time climbing in Red Rock Canyon. Their visit created a great opportunity for our house to gather together and climb at the same crag for a day. So on Saturday we all hiked the beautiful trail through Calico Basin into a crag called "Sunny and Steep". As one would expect, the climbing here is in the sun for most of the day and the climbing terrain is steep and pumpy. The crag sits on top of a very large flat sandstone ledge that provides ample space to sit back and rest while you watch others climb all around. I started my day on a just-for-fun 5.8 called "Sport Chimney" and finished the day working 12a's until I was too exhausted to even hang onto my hat! (It blew away in the wind.) The whole day was a blast and provided me with what seemed like endless great climbing, great views and great company. But with all these lovely distractions I managed to forget one important thing... shooting some photos! Luckily my companion Andy Hansen was there to pick up the camera and get some climbing shots from the day.
|Andy Hansen shot this photo of me on "Gimmie Back My Bullets"|
So the next day brought yet another beautiful climbing day with friends in the Red Rocks. We left the house and decided to check out a few different crags in the Second Pullout of the 13 Mile Loop. We came to the conclusion that we'd warm up on a few routes at the "Sweet Pain Wall" and then move onto "Kitty Crag" and perhaps "The Sandbox". All the climbing areas we had in mind were within a 10 minute hike of each other and each had something new to offer. Sweet Pain is (mostly) shady crag with many good lines. Most of the routes range in difficulty between 5.10-5.12- but there are a few exceptions. So after everyone warmed up on two routes the decision was made to wander over and check out what "Kitty Crag" had to offer.
|Bethany Julka gives "Suffering Cats" a burn in the warm Fall sun.|
|Andy Hansen above the crux.|