Red Rock Canyon, NV

In Nevada, just west of Las Vegas, stands a playground of sandstone canyons.  Here we enjoyed long traditional routes and short sport cragging days.  We also ran into some friends from Boston and saw a UFO!

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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

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UFO illuminates the back side of Mt. Wilson.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/13/us/bright-lights-strange-shapes-and-talk-of-ufos.html

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First light in the canyons, time to start hiking.

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Joanna leads the pitch 8 traverse of Black Orpheus (5.10a).

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The view of Mt. Wilson from Black Orpheus.

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Topping out Black Orpheus with Las Vegas in the background.

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Tired after a long descent.

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Looking out at the canyons from the second pullout sport climbing.

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Pine Creek Canyon

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Birdland party train. Katie leads Pitch 4 while I wait for the party in front of us to pull their rope.

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Steve enjoys Birldland (5.7) Pitch 5.

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Wild Burros!

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Desert views as we hike out from Black Velvet Canyon.

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The Brownstone Wall, our climb for the day (Armatron) is on the far right.

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Steve scopes out Armatron after the long approach.

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Joanna follows pitch 3 of Armatron (5.9).

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Steve and George at the Armatron top out.

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Juniper Peak summit!

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Steve scopes the descent trail from the Juniper Peak summit.

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A wild burro poses in front of Mt. Wilson to end our Red Rocks adventure.

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