After a snowy New England winter, it’s no surprise that seven of The BRG’s staff are heading south for some warm climbing at the end of the March. The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, located west of Las Vegas, Nevada will be hosting BRG staff members for some incredible climbing.
Having climbs of many different skill levels, the area is ideal for the various skillsets of the staff. Though traveling separately, Sarah O’Donoghue, Alex Smith and Jessica Rothrock have goals of conquering Epinephrine, an 18-pitch climb in Black Velvet Canyon.
Meanwhile, Che Cooper plans to spend most of her time working routes at the civilization crag, since her group has wide variety of skill levels.
“I’m stoked about the range of routes to climb. I trust (Todd) my climbing partner to lead everything we’ve got on our bucket list, but there are things easy enough for me to lead as well.” Che explained that with limited outdoor climbing experience, she’s excited to make the best of the variety of climbs available to her.
“The great thing about Red Rocks is that it’s the best of all worlds!” Jenny Bruno, head instructor said. “There’s multi-pitch, both sport and trad, as well as bouldering all in one place.”
Jenny and her partner Bob Evans, a BRG belayer, have a tall order of climbs they plan to tackle, starting with Prince of Darkness, which was recommended to Jenny by BRG owner, Chris O’Connell. The 6-pitch 5.10c climb in Black Velvet Wall is one that Jenny is most excited about.
Having never visited Red Rocks before, much of the research for Jenny and the other climbers has been done on mountainproject.com and through various guidebooks of the area. Through research, Jenny decided she was going to continue on and conquer Olive Oil, a 6-pitch 5.7 on Rose Tower in Juniper Canyon.
With a huge stack of climbs that the BRG employees are attempting, we decided to ask what gear they would be bringing. Alex Smith and Jessica Rothrock made sure to bring a set of cams, nuts and quick draws but also mentioned bringing a crash pad, since there are a few bouldering spots as well. Jenny and her group are bringing a full rack also, including big protection for some of the larger cracks on their climbs.
Stay tuned for a follow up post with the epic stories our employees return home with!