Route of the Week: Adventure Punks, Pine Creek Canyon

By Blake Herrington, 15 September 2013

  • DATE

    15 September 2013


    Blake Herrington


    Rock Climbing

Many of Red Rock’s classic long routes were established by folks from one of two divergent philosophical bents. The Uriostes—Jorge and wife Joanne–decided to create routes for safety, enjoyment, and ease of future climbers. Many of their routes included long sections of bolted climbing, and quite a few (Dream of Wild Turkeys, Levitation 29) are popular classics. Meanwhile, the alpine-inspired concept of climbing a bold, ground-up line with few bolts and more mental challenges was espoused by the “Stone Masters” and “Adventure Punks,” folks like Richard Harrison, Nick Nordblom, Paul Van Betten and Sal Mamusia. The latter group is responsible for a route which bears the group’s unnofficial moniker and is an accordingly mentally engaging outing. Each of the route’s five long pitches is 5.10, and and the only protection bolts on the entire line were placed later—against the wishes of the first ascent team—on the final offwidth pitch, which was climbed onsight by Richard Harrison with nothing but a single old Forged Friend for “wide crack” protection. For bonus points, and armed with modern beta and sticky rubber, skip the two retro bolts. Feeling lucky? Well, do ya, punk?

For more beta, check out’s page for Adventure Punks [LINK].

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Blake Herrington

Leavenworth, WA

Blake Herrington learned to climb as a teenager while working for a small bakery in North Cascades National Park. His first trips into the mountains instilled in him a familiarity with untraveled alpine choss and a love for remote peaks. Now in his mid-20s, Blake has lived in Denver and Bellingham, before recently settling into the mountain town of Leavenworth, Wash. He has established over two-dozen new alpine routes or first free ascents from Alaska, to Colorado to Argentina.

Blake is also a widely-published author, having contributed articles to Alpinist, Climbing and Rock & Ice. He has climbed sport and traditional pitches up to 5.13a, but considers diverse alpine routes the most engaging and inspiring sub-set of climbing. Despite savoring the alpine cooking of many climbing partners, he counts himself among the best camp chefs he’s had the opportunity to climb with.