In the past few decades, Red Rock Canyon, once known mainly for its sport climb­ing and multi- pitch trad, has be­come one of the most pop­u­lar boul­der­ing venues in the coun­try. In the deep sand­stone canyons, the huge walls have shed gi­gan­tic boul­ders, creat

Climbing - - FROZEN IN TIME -

FEAR OF A BLACK HAT (V9) Dom­i­nat­ing Cal­ico Basin’s fa­mous Kraft Boul­ders, the Cube fea­tures four facets of clas­sic climb­ing—even the V1 down­climb gets four stars.

Fear of a Black Hat tack­les the arête on the south face, start­ing on a big hueco and re­quir­ing the abil­ity to stay calm on the bal­ancey topout. John Bachar was one of the orig­i­nal suit­ors un­til a bro­ken hold dropped him on his back, scar­ing off later at­tempts. Red

Rock guide­book au­thor Jared McMillen scooped the first as­cent, re­tain­ing the name be­stowed by Colorado lo­cal Brian Kim­ball, who’d cleaned the line for safer at­tempts. Nearby clas­sics: The Pearl (V5), Mon­key Bar Di­rect (V8), Clock­work Or­ange (V12) NATASHA’S HIGH­BALL (V2) Most climbers make the 30-minute hike into Red Rock’s Black Vel­vet Canyon for the long trad routes, but peb­ble wrestlers will stop at the canyon mouth to sam­ple a clus­ter of a dozen clas­sic lines. With a few hard crimp moves, a pull off a mono, and then glo­ri­ous, al­beit high jugs to fin­ish, Ethan Pringle's Natasha’s

High­ball is not only pho­to­genic but a stan­dard Red Rock tick. Nearby clas­sics: Wet Dream (V12), At­las Shrugged (V12)

Colorado-based boul­derer and art-his­tory pro­fes­sor PeterBe al isth eau thor of Boul­der­ing: Move­ment, Tac­tics, and Prob­lem Solv­ing.

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