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Rock Climbing in Little Cottonwood: Call it what you please

I think this climb is considered one of the Little Cottonwood classics, but I am not sure. Regardless, it was a really fun route. It is located in the Gate Buttress within the Schoolroom area. To get to the climb, you follow a trail through the bouldering area and out onto a large boulder field. From here you move up the boulders. You will see a gully that you could potentially hike up. This is the Green A gully. A different ... Read more

Alpine Climbing in the Wasatch: Lowe Route (5.8) | Lone Peak Cirque

We began hiking up Jacob's Ladder trail just as the sun started lighting the horizon and the stars faded into the dull grey. The low-light, black and white landscape slowly filled with color as the brightness of the day began to warm the cool fall air. Step by step, Kirk and I lugged our climbing gear, food, and water for the day upwards toward Lone Peak Cirque. The recent cold front kept things cool for the hike, but it worried us a little that it might ... Read more

Climbing Sweet Jane in Little Cottonwood

Sweet Jane sits in the same area as Beckey's Wall and Satan's Corner so it is hard to compare with these two super classic climbs, but I still found it to be an enjoyable two pitches. The route starts by scrambling to the actual base of the climb up a 15 foot easy 5th class crack system. You walk up a gully and left along a ledge to stand about 15 feet below a set of chains. Then you scramble up another ... Read more

Classic Climbing in Little Cottonwood: Stiffler’s Mom (Pitches One – Three)

This route gets overshadowed because it is right next to PentaPitch and Sasquatch which are both awesome climbs. However, I think "Stiffler's Mom" is a really great climb. We only did pitches one through three because the route is 12 pitches and 5.11a... I normally wouldn't write about a route unless I lead it all, but the first three pitches are awesome and they are worth mentioning by themselves. The consensus on the pitches are a little ambiguous though... Pitch one is super cool. ... Read more

Classic Climbing in Little Cottonwood: Squeeze my Lemon

"Squeeze my Lemon" is one of my favorite climbs in Little Cottonwood. My friends and I just led it again this year, so I thought I'd add it to the blog. I don't know if it is technically considered a classic climb, but it has 3 stars and personally, I think it is the best 5.7 in the canyon. I'll tell you why... The route is sustained crack climbing, which is rare for a 5.7 in Little. It changes sizes a lot. ... Read more

Classic Climbing in Little Cottonwood: The Coffin

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 ... Read more

Indian Creek: 2 Weekends, 3 Classic Classic Climbs and a Desert Tower

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. Read more

Classic Climbing in Big Cottonwood: Black Monday

This is my first post about a classic sport climb in Big Cottonwood, so we'll see how it goes. Black Monday is a near 4 star 5.11a sport route. The route starts off as a bit of a boulder problem. It becomes less than vertical and allows for a no hands rest before moving through a series of really cool moves and 3 bolts on a roof that you pull over onto some easier slab climbing to the top. This route was my first ... Read more