My second go around at the Las Vegas rock climbing festival RED ROCK RENDEZVOUS. Highlights include mostly activities outside of actual climbing; trail painting with Jeremy Collins, pancakes with Hans Florine, and parties with Peter Croft.
March 4th, 2016 with just a month away from Red Rock Rendezvous we set out to Las Vegas for a little pre-game. Per the usual, the plan was ambitious but the spirit and stoke was high. Aiming for 1300' and pitches was going great until that rain showed up a day early, always an adventure!
Setting off for winter mountaineering means having the right tools and proper skills. The death toll is rising and helicopter rescues are becoming the norm in the San Gabriel Mountains this season. Follow our report as we ascend Mt. Baden-Powell. Named after the creator of the Boy Scouts and standing over 9,000' tall, this adventure required conviction.
El Nino storms have brought us the snow Angelenos have been praying for. The tallest mountain in the San Gabriel's is Mt. Baldy, it stands just over 10,000' (3,000m) and with proper conditions, a winter mountaineering trail up the famous ridgeline known as "The Baldy Bowl" is in order!
Just 10 minutes away from the Las Vegas strip and just miles away from the smoke filled casinos sits Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. With a few thousand climbing routes and generally warm winter weather, it's our perfect destination. This trip to climb 540' of sandstone on the Solar Slab Gully!
Strawberry Peak is the tallest of the front range peaks in the San Gabriel Mountains of Los Angeles. It can be accessed by a 3rd class mountaineer's route that yields for an exceptionally interesting and exciting adventure.
Mt. Langley rises 14,032' (4277m) above sea level in the crest of the Sierra Nevada. It is the ninth highest peak in the state and the seventh highest in the Sierra. Langley is often regarded as one of the easier 14ers to ascend, but hey that's sort of an oxymoron!