Upon arriving at Red Rocks, we headed to the Desert Rock Sports store to pick up a bouldering guide: there is a nice new one available, detailing a lot of the local areas, The Southern Nevada Bouldering Guidebook. Armed with our guide-book, we did our usual reconnaissance run, to figure out where we were going to climb first; we chose the Kraft Boulders, a visually stunning area with many different rock features.
As we were recovering from some niggling injuries, we decided to spend most of our time doing some easy active-recovery style bouldering – nothing too hard so as not to risk slowing down recovery or getting re-injured. This turned out to be a good decision, and with the heat making life easy, we both felt better as each day passed.
During our few days here, we visited three areas:
- Kraft Boulders
- Windy Canyon
- Gateway Canyon
The first couple of days we spent at the Kraft boulders, trying out a couple of the classic problems.
Our favourite problem here was The Wave, V3, good for practising heel hooks, with a cumbersome top-out to boot:
And here’s a one-move wonder, Jenna’s Jewelry, V4, located on a classic boulder called The Pearl.
At Gateway Canyon, we had a play around on the aptly-named Pork Chop Boulder:
My favourite boulder problem was The Sting at the Windy Canyon. We headed out there after reading that a vehicle with moderate clearance would make it close to the boulders. However, upon arrival, that info turned out to be a little misleading and so faced with the dilemma of trying another area (after driving an hour), or walking to the boulders (it didn’t look that far…), we decided to try the walk in. An hour and half later, we arrived at the boulders, hot, tired and a little discouraged at how far it actually was! So we tried a few moderates, and I wanted to have a look at The Sting: with an entire page in the guide-book dedicated to this problem, I knew it had to be climbed!
On our final day, we headed up to Mt. Charleston to try out a few problems on limestone before making our way over to Fresno. Here we tried the awesome 100 ft traverse (V5/V6, depending on how difficult you decide to make it).
When we return, we’ll head back here to try the sport climbing for sure!