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N'Plus Ultra Willow Springs Red Rocks Andrew Sawman 1 copy
Andrew pulling the roof crack on N'Plus Ultra (5.10b).

Climbing around Willow Springs: Nadia’s Nine and N’Plus Ultra

It was our fourth day on, climbing that is. We met in the Willow Springs parking lot on the Red Rock Conservation Area loop road. Matt asked how I was feeling. I was sore. He was too. Andrew found a partner on Mountain Project. Her name was Sarah or Jess or something. They went to Ragged Edges to warm up. I hung out in the van and played guitar.

After an hour or so they returned to the parking lot. I grabbed my camera bag and climbing gear. We headed south from the parking lot towards Nadia’s Nine (5.10a), a classic climb in Red Rocks that’s infamously stiff.

Nadia's Nine Willow Springs Red Rocks Andrew Sawman 3 copy
Andrew Sawman inching up to the jug on the first pitch of Nadia’s Nine (5.10a).

 

Nadia's Nine Willow Springs Red Rocks Andrew Sawman 1 copy
Andrew squeezes through the roof on Nadia’s Nine (5.10a).

 

After Andrew struggled up Nadia’s Nine we headed back towards the parking lot. We stopped at N’Plus Ultra (5.10b) for the last climb of the day.

 

N'Plus Ultra Willow Springs Red Rocks Andrew Sawman 1 copy
Andrew pulling the roof crack on N’Plus Ultra (5.10b).

About Kevin Riley

Kevin Riley has been a rock climbing and general outdoor enthusiast since 1998, served as the associate publisher for Climbing and Urban Climber magazines, and co-founded the Denver-based non-profit, First Ascenders. He graduated from UMASS (Amherst).

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