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The last picture looking down the Queen pitch of Dark Shadows looks awesome! What is the grade? It looks fearsomely steep!
Red Rocks is a brilliant place – and one we will certainly go back to … soon! I’m surprised really that it isn’t a more celebrated/visited venue for UK climbers, all of those Peak District sandstone devotees would love it! Although I think mid to late April is at a bit of a risk of being too hot isn’t it? We went just before Xmas and the temperatures were perfect (except for the unexpected snow on day 1! ). Plus, Vegas was in special festive spirit with all sorts of stuff in the US Holiday vibe!
That pitch looks impossible from below and above but you get some clue to the solution by looking closely at the right wall – there are enough in-cuts in the ‘desert-varnished’ rock to see you through
Yes, Red Rocks is brilliant and I’d go back tomorrow. Apparently, we went about the best time of year. Easter might have been touch cooler but would have been crowded – it was crowded enough anyway But it did hit 35C just as we left.
Vegas too was a treat and eye-opener. Whereas our longest mountain day was 9 hrs car to car, I spent 11 hrs walking around Vegas on day off, although that did include going to see ‘The Beatles’ at Planet Holywood
Our longest day was mostly night! We started in the dark with 1.5 hours of off-road driving to get to the parking described. We finished at nearly midnight having descended in pitch dark with only a single mini-maglite between us to see with! We used the distant vertical beam of light emanating from the top of the Luxor pyramid as a beacon to orient ourselves towards where we thought we had left the car! We were guided by Egyptian gods you might say… The route was worth it though! A fantastic adventure!