CAMP USA athletes Blake Herrington and Scott Bennett have teamed up on new climbs and big days from the Waddington Range to Patagonia. They recently met up to climb and teach clinics at the Red Rock Rendezvous, and spent a day there linking up Cloud Tower, Rainbow Wall, and Levitation 29 in 16hrs car-to-car, including just 3hrs and 15 minutes on a no-falls ascent of the Original Route (5.12b, 12 pitches). Scott and Blake created a list tips for improving your trip to Red Rock.
- ALWAYS call ahead for a free late-exit permit if you are climbing from a spot accessed on the loop road. You just leave a voice message about your car, your parking spot, and intended route. If you forget to do this, and decide to crag until dark or merely get held up, you might end up with a huge ticket from the BLM. (702) 515-5050
- You probably will get (at least partially) lost or off trail while approaching your climb. There are typically many small braided trails that weave around, along with a creek wash. Just keep your overall destination ahead of you and don't sweat the minor twists and turns.
- There is often beautiful cold flowing water back in the canyons en route to climbs, even when the parking lots (and your car) seem like sun-baked ovens. Beer stashes can be managed accordingly.
- Route quality is strongly correlated to how dark the stone is, and the best routes are clustered together.
- 90% of the good multi-pitch climbs face north, making them pleasant even amid scorching temps in Vegas.
- The BLM-run campground is windy, desolate, and charges $15 a night. You can often get deals for hotel rooms (check Kayak.com/Hotels.com, etc) for just a few dollars more.
- Rappeling on the windy, featured, and textured faces of Red Rock is notoriously difficult. Consider lowering climber #1 and then having the second climber rappel with just one strand of rope to manage.
- To maximize post-climb Food Value, even late at night, check out Roberto's Taco Shops. A popular Las Vegas area chain, with all-you-can-eat salsas, spicy carrots/onions/peppers, and the generally array of filling and delicious options. Classic "chossy Mexican food" for recooping from an all-out effort.