Ian Lingley is from St. John, New Brunswick. He started climbing in 2009 after his brother Craig got him into it. We met him and his brother while hanging out at the Red Rock campground. Ian is the trad obsessed half of the brothers, climbing and putting up aid routes. They’ve been in Vegas for the past couple of months escaping the cold Canadian winter and climbing as much rock as they can with “Leroy” (their camper and faithful companion).
They always have a raging campfire going after dark with wood scavenged dirtbag style from nearby Las Vegas. Their campsite is home to some of the finest homemade furniture in the greater Las Vegas area. We also learned from them that the proper pluralization of beer is not beers, it’s just beer. Recently we took a day to film some climbing with the brother’s in Vegas.
Ragged Edges is a classic 2 pitch 5.8 in the Willow Springs area of Red Rock Canyon. With a super quick approach it gets a ton of traffic, but if you hit it on a weekday it is well worth your time. It was put up by Red Rock pioneer Joe Herbst and Jeff Lansing in the early 70’s. The first pitch is good jams and stemming to a bolted anchor. As you continue from the anchor the crack widens into a slight off-width to the top. Ian had this to say: “It is an awesome pitch of climbing. Everyone should get on it.”
Music: “Oh Hiding Out” by Small Houses (http://www.smallhousessing.com/)