Camping at the Red Rocks campground. $10/night and no shade but nice amenities.
Sunrise on Thursday morning on our drive into the Black Velvet Wall.
Gorgeous morning light illuminates Red Rocks.
Black Velvet Wall is the major wall in the center of this photo.
Fourth class scrambling for a bit on the approach.
We opted to climb the three-pitch route called “The Gobbler”, 5.10a, to avoid the first three pitches on “Dream of Wild Turkeys”. Having climbed the three pitches on each route, I highly recommend “The Gobbler” instead of the first three pitches on “Dream of Wild Turkeys”.
At the top of the first pitch on “The Gobbler.” (Yes, bolted crack!)
Bill heading up the second pitch of “The Gobbler”. A bolt right next to him protects the crux of this pitch.
Above the crux.
Me seconding the second pitch.
Crazy double rope action and Bill seconding the third pitch of “The Gobbler”
Check out that featured face. Awesome stuff!
It's steep, man.
Bill leads up the fourth pitch of “Dream of Wild Turkeys”. Off-width chimney to a slabby 5.10a face moves section to the anchors. Definitely no gimme.
On the 5.10a fifth pitch. Slabby moves to steep, featured face climbing.
Bill leading up the sixth pitch. Nice crack for protection with sweet edging on the face.
Seconding the sixth pitch.
Edging on the sixth pitch. As we got higher, the route felt easier and turned into just plain fun!
On the eighth pitch--super fun face and plate climbing. Although a little too repetitive for my tastes. (Inside joke.)
Damn the rock is amazing!
Looking down the ninth pitch. After this belay, the bolted anchors stop so we rapped from here rather than topping out on easier pitches and walking off.
Rappelling down the route and then off the huge roof below “The Gobbler” went very smooth with no stuck ropes!