First time to Oregon, first time to Smith Rock State Park, first climb we ascend the iconic Monkey Face.
Just 10 minutes away from the Las Vegas strip and just miles away from the smoke filled casinos sits Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. With a few thousand climbing routes and generally warm winter weather, it's our perfect destination. This trip to climb 540' of sandstone on the Solar Slab Gully!
The objective today was a route called "Fingertip Traverse" (5.3 YDS) which is a 4 pitch trad climb, 500' (152m) tall. It's a bit of a mission from Los Angeles, it's a 2-2.5 hours drive, a very steep approach, sandbagged climbing, a heavy descent, and the tough drive home after a long day. However, it's worth all the effort.