Epinepherine - Red Rocks
Featuring: Stephen Michael Sherman
5:40am - Looking up Epinepherine from the base
It was the third day of our annual trip to Red Rocks and after a leisurely climb up Algae on Parade Loni suggested that she take a rest day and Sherman and I should go do something “big” on Sunday. I think we both instantly thought about the Red Rocks classic Epinepherine (currently number three on Mountain Project’s Top 20 Classic Climbs).
5:54am - On our way, pitch 1
There were a few hurdles. It’s a long route (~1600’) and November 5th is not exactly the longest day of the year. People say it’s a tricky walk-off in the dark. The pitches average about 150’ so you can’t rappel it on a single 60 meter rope. I’d never lead 5.9 trad in Red Rocks or anywhere else as far as I could remember. We told some climbing friends at dinner and the general reaction was: “It’s a long route”, which I interpreted as...
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