Frogland, Red Rocks

Frogland, 5.8

Trad, 6 pitches, 700′, Grade III
Red Rocks Canyon, Las Vegas, Nevada
(March, 2018)

 

It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.
~Edmund Hillary

 

The American Alpine Club San Diego Chapter

 

In March 2018, American Alpine Club San Diego Chapter was selected to represent the parent body, American Alpine Club at the largest outdoor climbing festival in the US, Red Rock Rendezvous. This meant a Vegas trip and some climbing at the Red Rock Canyon for us! Jonathan and I decided to carpool to Vegas and planned on getting on some climbs after our shift at the AAC boot was over. After briefly looking at the guidebook we decided to climb, Frogland!

Frogland, is an interesting line on Whiskey Peak, that follows a few cracks systems, some face climbing on sandstone patina and the famous chockstone, tunnel pitch! Whiskey Peak is located just outside the park in the well known Black Velvet Canyon.

 

Technical Gear:

60m Rope
A doubles set of Black Diamond Camelots C4s #.5 – #3
A single set of Black Diamond Camelots X4s #.1 – #.5
A single set of Black Diamond Stoppers
12 Alpine Draws
2 Anchor Sets 

A look down Black Velvet Canyon, Whiskey Peak and Black Velvet Peak from where we parked


 

Red Rocks is a world famous climbing destination and is usually always busy. During a climbing festival, this only gets worse. To overcome the problem of overcrowding on routes, we thought of using a new strategy! Instead of starting early and getting stuck behind a slow party, Jonathan and I thought of starting late. This way most parties would already be high on the wall and we could take our time climbing behind them. So in no rush, we only left Red Rock Rendezvous, after we had enjoyed our coffee and pancake breakfast! We drove toward the trailhead and got there at about noon. After a short hike, we reached the base of the climb. Unfortunately for us our strategy of starting late did not turn out to be a successful one! It was about 1 pm and a team of three had just started on Frogland. These guys were three friends from England, on their two-week outing to Red Rocks. We considered an alternative start, this way we would leapfrog the party of three and meet back up on Frogland after pitch two. We looked at this alternative line closely, unfortunately, it looked very crumbly and not as fun. So we waited for a little and started climbing the regular Frogland start.

 


 

The rope


 

Jonathan following up pitch one


 

Chilling at the Belay Station


 

Jonathan after leading pitch two


 

Looking down the route I climbed up


 

We were able to coexist well with the other team for most of the climb however, there were a few pitches where we had to wait quite a bit until we could get to the belay ledges. This is when we learned the best way to deal with crowds is to simul-climb! While at the belay station we saw “Team Meridian Line” guys simul-climbing past us and then past the other team of three. They cleverly used Kong Duck devices as running belays and blitzkrieged up the route in no time! We finished our last pitch soon after, took a few summit shots and started descending down back towards our car. All and all this was another fun Red Rock climb!

 


The famous Frogland, chockstone tunnel shot


A trad anchor, done right 


Jonathan about ready to lead the final pitch


 

Jonathan, scrambling up the last few feet, with Las Vegas visible in the distance


 

Epinephrine and Black Velvet Peak as seen from the top of Whiskey Peak.


Made it to the top of Whiskey Peak!


 

“The Canadiens”, “AID’s Brigade” and “Team Meridian Line”, definitely some interesting summit register signs!
We kept it simple 🙂

 

 

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