We love rocks. More importantly, we love rock climbing. It’s been our outdoor sport of choice for many years and even back in our university days we climbed. I remember many road trips during the frigid winters months, during the classic reading week. Our destination of choice was often Red Rock Canyon, Nevada for it’s amazing landscape and warm weather. The rock was unique for us from Alberta. Sandstone that was hard, not brittle and a brilliant shade of red.
We planned to have a visitor from Victoria, BC come and visit us during our stay. Then to our surprize we find out that an old friend, back from those university climbing days was to be in Red Rocks the same week. Our stay turned into a mini-reunion of sorts filled with reminiscing and scary kid stories illuminated by campfires.
With all the laughing and storytelling, it was amazing we ever made it to the rock. A quick stuffing of gear into the packs and the lunch made we scrambled and rock hopped our way to the cliff faces. Magic school bus is an excellent stop for kids with great sun exposure and superb climbs. We could spend the whole day in one spot, moving from climb to climb. With six of us climbing and two ropes it was easy to entertain ourselves in this single location.
The kids were amazing climbers as usual, not afraid to explore the rock face as they flowed to the top. I could only wish to have their enthusiasm and energy. With route names like technicolour sunrise and neon sunset, we rushed to finish them all and get safely back to the truck before nightfall. All in a red rock day!