YIN & YANG
Late Winter Splitter Climbing
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