Guided Adventure in the Verdon Gorge

Black Velvet Wall – Red Rocks Nevada USA

Posted on 2015-03-07 - filed under news

Looking down one of the big runouts on Sandstone Samurai

‘Sandstone Samurai’ 5.11 R is one of the more mentally challenging routes I have climbed this year. It is a rarely repeated testpiece from the 80s, sparsely bolted and with sometimes 40 ft runouts between bolts. Small ‘Aliens’ and many micro stoppers were needed as back up the protection.

Onsighting this 5 pitch gem was an intense experience with difficult routefinding on a 300m high wall. The clean rock had no signs of recent passage and the 8mm bolts and anchors were 30+ years old, rusted and invisible from a distance.


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