I have made it a policy for myself that I cannot write about a climb unless I lead it. So, I am happy to finally get to post about an amazing classic climb in Little Cottonwood called "The Coffin." Anyone that climbs trad in the Salt Lake area knows or has at least heard of this route.
It is rated 5.9 and in Little Cottonwood, the grading is stout. The rock face is the shape of a coffin (hence the name) and ...
Spring is here in Utah and that has meant a few weekend trips to Moab, Indian Creek, and Castle Valley.
On the first trip to Indian Creek we jumped on "Jolly Rancher," a 5.10, 140ft hand crack. I have never led in Indian Creek before, I had never led a 5.10 before, and I had never lead a pitch that was 140ft before. Needless to say, this climb was going to be a bit over my head.