Escape from Winter

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Red Spring Area at Red Rock Canyon (Photo by Shannon Bowsher)

If you’re not into ice climbing or snow sports, chances are you’re itching to hitch a ride somewhere warmer, rich in rock quality.  With most of New England buried in over two feet of snow and temps in the single digits, a westward trip to Red Rock Canyon in sunny, warm Las Vegas sounds pretty damn good.  I am actually starting to wonder why I didn’t just rip up my return ticket and stay for the rest of winter.

Las Vegas has everything you need to fulfill your rock climbing addiction along with some entertainment after a long day of climbing.  Red Rock Canyon has very easy access with over 300 square miles of scattered boulders, multipitch trad, and sport routes.  The best guide books for the area are the Southern Nevada Bouldering by Tom Moulin and Red Rocks: A Climber’s Guide by Jerry Handren and will give you very detailed descriptions and topos.  Get out of New England and head west before the next snow buries you even further!

Check out the video below of some of the classic lines Kraft boulders has to offer.