Late Win­ter Split­ter Climb­ing

Gripped - - THE ROUTE -

Red Rock in Ne­vada has long been a Cana­dian climber’s des­ti­na­tion in early spring. The camp­ing is cheap and there are dozens of great lines to chose from. One of the most sought-af­ter 5.11s is Yin and Yang. The all­time clas­sic trad route is found on the Yin and Yang Cliff at the Kraft Moun­tain area. The zig-zag­ging crack is short but sweet.

It’s a pumpy route be­came the travers­ing na­ture keeps you jam­ming a hor­i­zon­tal crack. There are poor feet as you climb the nar­row hands/ring-lock crack through the up­per curve. It climbs a lot like a face route, which means sport climbers will feel right at home. Many have de­bated about the grade, say­ing it’s any­where from 5.10b/c to 5.11a. You’ll have to climb it to de­cide.

Op­po­site and right: Will Foster lead­ing Yin and Yang, 5.11a in Cal­ico Basin, Red Rock Canyon, Las Ve­gas

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