What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Las Vegas? Gambling? Shows? Clubs? Did you know there’s a spectacular climbing area only 20 minutes west of the Strip? As I found out, most locals don’t even know about this beautiful area covered in hundreds if not thousands of climbing routes. For an entire week, a group of friends and I went scrambling up every gully we could find to climb a new route in this beautiful sandstone park. Our first day, we climbed at the Magic Bus, an area filled with moderate sport routes and located high above the sandy wash. Watch the timelapse video below.
The rest of our stay was filled with every kind of climbing from sport to trad and hanging from huecos, smearing on slab, and jamming an elbow in an off-width crack. Although finding an open route in some popular areas proved to be a challenge, we couldn’t have asked for better weather. With an average above 100˚F during the summer, I’d only recommend climbing here in the early spring or late fall months. Yet, it’s certainly a must see, er... climb, for anyone's bucket list.
A collection of stories and adventures from the FAMS director and instructors.