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Climbing The Fox (5.10+) at Red Rocks, NV


In this video Szu-ting Yi climbs the classic traditional Red Rocks route the Fox 5.10.

The Fox (5.10+) is a single pitch crack climbed located in Calico Basin of Red Rocks, NV. Unlike most crack climbs at Red Rocks this routes offers few face hold and climbers need to have a mastery of all types of crack climbing skills from finger jamming through off-width climbing to send the route.

“The route was climbed in 1970 by local high-schoolers John Williamson and Bob Logerquist. "It was pretty intimidating," recalls John. "We did it a few times on top rope before we got up the courage to lead the thing." John and Bob named it "The Fox," which was in keeping with several other route names that referred to children's stories. The nearby "Riding Hood" and "Over the Hill to Grandmother's House" shared a similar reference to children's books.”

To put this ascent in perspective, Super Crack in Indian Creek was not climbed until 1976 and in 1970 “cams” or “hexes” had yet to be invented. As a result the first ascentionists probably relied on “bongs” (large metal pitons), that were often unstable in the vertical sandstone cracks.

Szu-ting Yi had climbed the Fox 4 years before, but wanted to red point the route. She found the middle section of large hands and fist jams particularly tiring, but mange to send the pitch.

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