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Purblind Pillar on a Winter Day

On my way home from dropping off my girlfriend at McCarran International Airport I ran into a couple of climbers trying to get back to Red Rocks.  As I was leaving the recreation center Andrew asked if they could throw their bikes into the van. I said sure. They hurried their bikes over.

“You saved us a ton of time. It would have took at least an hour to get back,” said Andrew.

“No problem.”

Turned out Andrew and Ellie are in Vegas with the University of Missouri climbing club. When I dropped them off we traded info and discussed climbing the next day. We decided to climb one of my favorite moderates climbs in Red Rocks, Purblind Pillar (5.8). It’s a varied 6-pitch climb that I’ve wanted to shoot ever since I first climbed it last spring with my buddy Ian.

Andrew leading the 2nd pitch of Purblind Pillar. This is my favorite pitch on the route and always gets my blood rushing.


Ellie belaying Andrew from my favorite belay station in Red Rocks.


Andrew enjoying the 5th pitch of Purblind Pillar.


Andrew on the final pitch of Purblind.


Another shot of Andrew on the final pitch of Purblind.


Ellie following on the last pitch of Purblind Pillar.

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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