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North America, United States, Utah, Rainbow Wall, Red Rocks

Rainbow Wall, Red Rocks. Layton Kor and I spent two days putting up five pitches on the Rainbow Wall, three of them free. The third has one bolt and later we freed this. Pitch 5 had some tricky nailing. We retreated to get more pins and bolts because of a blank section ahead. We returned with Alison Sheets and took three more days to reach the top of this new route. Layton finished nailing an awkward arch and traversed left to a ledge on Pitch 5. Alison did a great job of leading Pitch 6, a long thin free face. Pitch 7 involved more nailing and from there we could climb free (V to VI-, 5.10, A3). There were excellent bivy ledges at the top of Pitches 4 and 8.

Sibylle Hechtel