Another pre-dawn departure at, yes, you guessed it, 5:30am. The first time Allison and I tried to climb Crimson Chrysalis we waited until the loop road opened and drove in. We hiked to the base of the route only to find a party there already (they were four cars ahead of us when the loop road opened that day.) So this time, I wasn't taking any chances. We parked just outside the loop road and hiked in.
Las Vegas lights
At the base of the route at 6:50am. It's a north-facing route and the day was cloudy and cool. Not ideal conditions for the route but it kept the crowds away. One other party of two from Germany came up behind us. Because you rap the route's 9 pitches, it sucks to climb it on a busy day.
Daniel starts up at 7:15am. Both of us experienced numb fingers on the first pitch. Thankfully I wasn't leading. In fact, Daniel linked the first two pitches which helped us get a good jump on the other climbers behind us.
Daniel pulling through the 5.8+ crux of P3. The other climbers can be seen below.
We both spent a good amount of time warming our hands while climbing.
Daniel led P4 which was steep and juggy fun. I linked P5 and P6. This is looking down those two pitches. Awesome exposure and position on this steep face out on the end of the canyon.
While we were on P6 and P7, it started snowing lightly on us. The clouds got pretty low and ominous looking. But by the time we topped out, the sky had started to clear again. Thankfully, we didn't have any wind.
The awesome Brownstone Wall on the left
Looking up at Daniel leading P7. Really fun climbing on nice patina plates. It would have probably been a bit more fun if we could feel our fingers.
P8 and P9 head up the red varnished face to the top of the tower. I linked the two pitches which worked well but resulted in some rope drag.
Daniel finishing up the route
The awe-inspiring Rainbow Wall looked cold.
The German leader coming up behind us. They were fast party--I wouldn't have minded being behind them.
After rapping the route (you can do it with a single 70m rope but watch the ends on P7 and P1), we hiked out and got back to the car at 3:20pm--just shy of 10 hours for the day. On the bright side, the hike out got the blood flowing back into my numb toes!