/ What to do around Vegas
So, what was intended as a non-climbing trip, could potentially become a climbing trip as a result. I am sure there is plenty of climbing within driving distance of Vegas (which we fly into/out of) but what isn't in national parks (eg. Yosemite) and what would be worthwhile for a punter trip? Bear in mind we could take enough gear for a sports climbing trip but trad would be a pain. I'm afraid I am only currently good for f6b max.
Quick ideas for me to research if anything sounds promising would be really helpful. Thanks.
OMG. Red Rocks is just outside Vegas, like 4-5miles from the strip! (I am sure someone will comment on my distance is wrong). There is also loads of climbing from sport, Boulder, multi pitch and big wall.
But with the goverment shutdown I imagine you can't get to it.
Well worth looking into it though.
Yes I've heard of red rocks but I was led to believe it was all a bit "hard", no? As I say, I'm a total punter. Any more guidance on what is accessible would be great. I suppose I can always post on a US website!
If stopping in Vegas when you ask for a room they will probably offer you something for $50 which would be good but you will find they have Suites and stuff for a bit more which are an awesome experience, I nearly drowned in bubbles in a Jacuzzi in a diamond suite at the Monte Carlo, when they said "use no bubble bath" I took it as a challenge rather than an instruction. Make sure you buy beers and nibbles for in your room off the strip.
For Bishop info mail Mick Ryan of this parish.
The loop road at Red Rocks is shut - this is used to access the northern section of the area. But the rest is accessed via the main highway and is still open; only the bits you get to from the farthest parts of the loop are inaccessible. The majority of the easy stuff seems to be in the bit you can easily reach, but the majority of the sport looks to be in the loop area (I may be wrong on the sport, as I've only been looking at the trad for our forthcoming trip).
More generally, State Parks are mostly (all?) open, and at least some National Forests (possibly most/all of them?) appear to be open for access (though visitor centres and camp sites are shut).
I have been told by locals that foot access to the National Conservation Area is not restricted. The only things affected are the campground and the scenic loop road, both of which are shut.
Snow Canyon in SW Utah isn't far from Vegas and is a state not national park so may not be affected http://www.summitpost.org/snow-canyon-rock-climbing/276947
There's also Las vegas limestone http://www.rockfax.com/climbing-guides/old-books/las-vegas-limestone-islands-in-the-sky/
Basically there's more climbing in that area than you could visit in a lifetime, quite a lot of it won't be in national parks. Try researching here in the Utah/Nevada/Arizona/California areas http://www.mountainproject.com/destinations/
You're bound to find something suitable. Good luck.
Friends of a friend had to cancel their holiday in Yosemite this week.
Before I went to vegas two years ago I joined the vegas climbing club website ,as it turned out didn't do any climbing but the oppoertunity was there .check out climbing clubs in vegas on the net .the members will give u an idea of wots about and you may be able to hook up with one of our American cousins.
The power of UKC !
http://www.flickr.com/photos/83246699@N00/1430737640/in/set-72157602138998735 This is just off the highway on the drive to Bryce.
Kodachrome basin state park is also in that area and not affected by the furlough.
Goblin valley state park further north is pretty cool too
The Calico basin area is not under the land management service, and has LOTS of great climbing (sport, bouldering and trad).
Jack's Canyon is good for sport in Arizona (about 1.5hrs east of Flagstaff). Not sure how far away that is for you. Paradise Forks also quite good.
Straight from the BLM's mouth:
Greetings Red Rock Canyon Climbers/Visitors,
Your visit to Red Rock may be affected by the current Government Shutdown. Our latest Red Rock/Sloan Field Office staff meeting indicated the following areas will be closed to the general public and permitted operations:
13 Mile Scenic Byway
Campground (vacated within 48 hours)
Red Springs Picnic Area
However, you may visit other areas of Red Rock Canyon NCA that have not been closed. This includes locations such as Black Velvet Canyon, First Creek via 159, Old Oak Creek via 159, Kraft Mountain, etc.
Most of the Red Rock / Sloan Field Office will be furloughed before noon today. Exceptions to the furlough include law enforcement officers (LEOs).
Below is a link to the Government Shutdown contingency plan for the BLM. www.doi.gov/shutdown/fy2014/upload/BLM-Contingency-Plan.pdf
Cheers for that. You're a real asset on UKC, we need more like you.
Don't despair. It looks like some Utah parks will be open again thanks to state funds this includes Zion, Arches, and Canyonlands!!!
I feel sorry for the guy who spent the time putting a 'search for crags by location' function on this website! Even if the Red Rocks loop road is shut you can take the right turn before that to head into the Calico Basin. Loads to do. If its still really warm the limestone will be good. If you drive up to St George in Utah (half a days drive) then there's absolutely loads round there too (certainly not restricted). Red Rocks isn't hard there are more easy sport routes there than hard ones (+ the grades are soft) the climbing is amazing and its really well bolted.
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