Classic Finger Crack Climbing at Red Rocks: David Allfrey on Seduction Line, 5.12a
“I’m working double time on the seduction line
She’s one of a kind she’s mine all mine
Wanted no applause it’s just another course”
– You Shook Me All Night Long, AC/DC, 1980
Our first blog post showed classic hand jam climbing with Adam Floyd on Handbone, 5.10c. For blog post #2,Misty Mountain is stepping up and rocking out as we follow David Allfrey up a classic finger crack in Red Rocks, Seduction Line, 5.12a.
David honed his craft on Yosemite Valley’s granite walls, and holds several speed records on El Capitan including the first one day ascent of Excalibur. David brought his rock star looks and rock solid trad climbing technique to Las Vegas recently, so now we get to see him climb one of Red Rocks finest finger cracks.
Located on the northern boundary of the Black Velvet Canyon in the Red Rock National Conservation Area, Seduction Line follows a striking finger crack up a dark red sandstone dihedral. David uses a variety of finger jams and fingertip stacks to milk the thin crack for every ounce of goodness, securing a clean ascent of one of the finest 5.12 finger cracks at Red Rocks.
Due to the thin nature of the climbing and protection, finger cracks like these are often some of the most technically difficult routes in the area. A beautiful, clean-cut, splitter crack such as Seduction Line can either be your dream route or worst nightmare. Of course, this all depends upon your ability to get good finger jams, read the route, and stay calm climbing above small gear. Nice lead, David!