Desert Gold, one of the most classic roof cracks in the desert, lies just north of Black Velvet Canyon in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Las Vegas, Nevada. After a 5.8 approach pitch, the crux pitch follows an overhanging finger crack which widens from tips through all finger crack sizes to thin hands to reach the roof. The roof crack also progressively widens from hands to cupped hands toward the lip. The roof itself was first free-climbed by Paul Van Betten in 1984, after aiding the finger crack. He later returned and led the crack leading to the roof free in 1987. Yet, Stefan Glowacz was the first to free climb the entire crux pitch of Desert Gold as one, also in 1987, and receives credit for the first integral ascent. The golden Aztec sandstone crack is atypical of the Red Rock style patina face climbing, is a must-do for all crack aficionados.

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