George and Joanne Urioste

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One of hundreds of iconic home-made climbing bolts used by Uriostes for their climbs. Many of them were since replaced by modern hardware.
George and Joanne Urioste
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Jorge and Joanne Urioste in March 2015
Occupationrock climbers
Known forroute development and first ascents in Red Rock Canyon
Joanne Urioste
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Joanne Urioste climbing Dark Shadows
Borncirca 1952
Occupationguide book author, guide, registered nurse & rock climber
George Urioste
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Jorge Urioste climbing Black Track
Borncirca 1937
Other namesJorge Urioste
Occupationlinguist, rock climber

Joanne Urioste (born c. 1952[1]) and George Urioste (born c. 1937[2][3]) are American rock climbers, who made over hundred first ascents, in Red Rock Canyon.

George Urioste, also known as Jorge Urioste, was born in Chile, to a Bolivian father, and holds citizenship in both countries. Jorge became a Jesuit priest, and moved to the United States to study at Cornell University. There he met and started climbing with Joanne. Joanne grew up in Brooklyn and worked on her bachelor’s degree in life science at Cornell, while George was working on his PhD[3][4]. In 1974, having just finished their studies, they married and moved to Las Vegas[5], where George began teaching anthropology and linguistics at University of Nevada, Las Vegas[3]. In the next decade, they established over a hundred new routes, many of which, such as Crimson Chrysalis, Epinephrine, Dream of Wild Turkeys and Levitation 29 are now some of Red Rock’s most famous and popular climbs[6]. The popularity of Urioste routes stems from the fact that most are long multi-pitch routes, following striking lines, and which were made relatively safe by placing bolts in blank sections. That resulted in some climbs which were strongly opposed by some local climbers at the time (mid 1970's to mid 1980's), who emphasized bolt-free boldness in their ascents[5]. In 1984 Joanne wrote a climbing guide book, called The Red Rocks of Southern Nevada[7] and in 1986, after the arrival of their children, they retired from climbing for ten years, during which Joanne took up ultra distance running, especially through wilderness and mountains, having completed six one hundred mile races, as well as 165 miles on the John Muir Trail (Whitney Portal to Red's Meadow; in 1996) in five days flat, solo, and self supported[5]. George taught anthropology and linguistics[8] at University of Nevada for over 35 years[3]. After their ten year retirement from climbing, they returned to climbing with passionate involvement, continuing to establish a number of significant routes in Red Rock, some of which are 1500 to 2400 feet long (Inti Watana, Gift of the Wind Gods, Woman of Mountain Dreams, Twixt Cradle and Stone, and Slim). They continue to establish first ascents to this day with the accompaniment of their friends and their children. Joanne has been working as a registered nurse since 1999.

Well known climbs established by Uriostes


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  2. ^ "Happy Birthday to George Urioste. : SuperTopo Rock Climbing Discussion Topic". Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Williams, Dow. "Twixt Cradle and Stone, 5.10c and Plein Air, 5.11a : Climbing, Hiking & Mountaineering : SummitPost". Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  4. ^ Kyser, Heidi (March 1, 2015). "Stone Temple Zealots". Nevada Public Radio. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Handren, Jerry (2016). Red Rocks A Climber's Guide II. pp. 11–17. ISBN 9781495182044.; History chapter
  6. ^ "Short Pitches -". Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  7. ^ Urioste, Joanne (1991). The Red Rocks of Southern Nevada (2nd print ed.). New York, N.Y: American Alpine Club. ISBN 0930410173. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  8. ^ Abegg, Steph. "Red Rocks: Climbing with Uriostes, Yellow Rose of Texas, Dream of Wild Turkeys : Trip Reports : SummitPost". Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Cat in the Hat". Mountain Project. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  10. ^ "Olive Oil". Mountain Project. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  11. ^ "Frogland". Mountain Project. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  12. ^ "Crimson Chrysalis". Mountain Project. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  13. ^ "Refried Brains". Mountain Project. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  14. ^ "Epinephrine". Mountain Project. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  15. ^ "Black Orpheus". Mountain Project. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  16. ^ "Sour Mash". Mountain Project. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  17. ^ "Dream of Wild Turkeys". Mountain Project. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  18. ^ "Prince of Darkness". Mountain Project. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  19. ^ "The Nightcrawler". Mountain Project. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  20. ^ "Gift of the Wind Gods". Mountain Project. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  21. ^ "Eagle Dance". Mountain Project. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  22. ^ "Levitation 29". Mountain Project. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  23. ^ "Woman of Mountain Dreams". Mountain Project. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  24. ^ "Ixtlan". Mountain Project. Retrieved 2018-03-23.