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Location: UT : San Rafael Swell : San Rafael Swell - North : Coal Wash : Mirage Tower - Make Coal Wa... (5.8 C2)
By: Andrew Gram When: Sep 20, 2016

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Comments: Ha! I'm only good for about one of these new routes a year - it takes me that long to forget what an ordeal it is and get psyched for another. I have no idea how you and Paul were able to do so many of them.


Location: UT : San Rafael Swell : San Rafael Swell - North : Coal Wash : Photo
By: Andrew Gram When: Sep 20, 2016

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Comments: No, I haven't tried driving Fixit Pass yet. This is on the North Coal Wash road coming out of Ferron before the junction with the South Coal Wash road. We call this section the gumby filter because the rest of the road would be fairly reasonable in just about any high clearace vehicle, but this section would work a CRV or Subaru over pretty good.


Location: UT : San Rafael Swell : San Rafael Swell - North : Coal Wash : Mirage Tower - Make Coal Wa... (5.8 C2)
By: Andrew Gram When: Sep 19, 2016

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Comments: Thanks Paul! I love Coal Wash, and may never have found it without the beta on the Twin Priests. Lots more stuff left to do out there.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Back of Beyond : East Face Slab : Los Pantalones De Alex (5.10a)
By: Andrew Gram When: Sep 7, 2016

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Comments: Weird anchor. Never seen side by side ramshorns before - i've always seen a single ramshorn on two vertically oriented bolts attached by chain.

Really good clean climbing. It would be super popular if it was near the road.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Back of Beyond : East Face Slab : Hot Patootie Bless My Soul (5.8)
By: Andrew Gram When: Sep 7, 2016

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Comments: The second pitch is great fun despite the choss - very cool position and exposure.


Location: UT : San Rafael Swell : San Rafael Swell - North : Window Blind Peak Area : Window Blind Peak - North R... (5.7)
By: Andrew Gram When: Sep 4, 2016

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Comments: West Point Tower is semi-connected to Mother Hubbard's Shoe - both os which are semi-connected to Window Blind Peak. The easiest approach wraps all the way around them to a gully on the east side of Window Blind Peak.

West Point/Mother Hubbard's Shoe:
Rock Climbing Photo: Far left the West Point Spire, to its right the do...
Far left the West Point Spire, to its right the double summits of Mother Hubbard's formation and to the far right Window Blind Peak



Location: UT : San Rafael Swell : San Rafael Swell - North : Window Blind Peak Area : Window Blind Peak - North R... (5.7)
By: Andrew Gram When: Sep 4, 2016

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Comments: Jeremiah, you made things much harder on yourself than necessary on the approach. It is much easier if you keep walking east around Mother Hubbard's Shoe/West Point tower on an old road, and then go up a relatively easy though strenuous gully.

I got suckered into trying the approach you did on my first attempt too, but bailed pretty quickly and then figured out the better approach the next day.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Gate Buttress : Beckey's Wall Area
By: Andrew Gram When: Jun 9, 2016

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Comments: The chances of your slings/locking biner staying there for any length of time are 0.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Storm Mountain Picnic Area : Storm Mountain Island : Captain Jack (5.7)
By: Andrew Gram When: Apr 22, 2016

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Comments: Good route that takes good gear, and what runouts there are just above the bolts are no different or harder than what is on Six Pence next door. Additional bolts are definitely not necessary.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Castle Valley : Castleton Tower : Kor-Ingalls Route (5.9+) : Photo
By: Andrew Gram When: Apr 11, 2016

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Comments: OK photo, but that watermark is just awful.


Location: UT : San Rafael Swell : San Rafael Swell - North : Coal Wash : Joe and His Dog - His Dog T... (5.8 C2)
By: Andrew Gram When: Jan 8, 2016

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Comments: Damn, you've been everywhere Frosty. We didn't see any signs of traffic on Joe looking at it from the ground, so we were hoping it was unclimbed too. Any chance you could post your routes on Joe and Golden Gate tower?


Location: UT : Moab Area
By: Andrew Gram When: Dec 4, 2015

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Comments: It varies, but usually the sunny aspects are fine in the winter. Don't climb if it is wet from rain or melting snow. I've climbed Castleton in January in a t-shirt, but i've also totally frozen in March. One nice thing is that motels in Moab are typically really cheap in the winter, which can be nice during the very long cold nights.


Location: UT : San Rafael Swell : San Rafael Swell - North : Coal Wash : Photo
By: Andrew Gram When: Oct 15, 2015

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Comments: Is the route on the South Golden Gate tower the dihedral on the west side? I didn't see any anchors on it - i'd love to see the route information.


Location: UT : San Rafael Swell : San Rafael Swell - North : Coal Wash : Twin Priest Tower - Act of ... (5.8 C1)
By: Andrew Gram When: Oct 13, 2015

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Comments: Another adventurous Paul Ross route where I can't really argue with the 5.8 C1 rating, but the modest grade comes nowhere near describing the reality of the experience. We were the second entry in the register.

We tried the original first pitch, and bailed on it after my partner took a big fall trying to clip the first bolt when a fairly substantial ledge feature blew off. How on earth did that bolt get drilled? Impressive.

We climbed the suggested alternate first pitch instead, and it was ... more >>


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Storm Mountain Picnic Area : Storm Mountain Island : Nice Little Crack (5.5)
By: Andrew Gram When: Aug 31, 2015

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Comments: Terrific climb to teach new trad leaders on. Very good climbing - better than Layback Crack in my opinion.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Storm Mountain Picnic Area : Storm Mountain Island : Lenny's Route (5.8)
By: Andrew Gram When: Aug 31, 2015

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Comments: OK route that would be very good with one more bolt at the roof. Definitely a candidate for rebolting - rusted stud bolts, most likely with mixed metals.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : JHCOB Wall : Second East Face (5.7)
By: Andrew Gram When: Jun 2, 2015

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Comments: The rerigged raps are great - thanks for doing that cdec. Much more pleasant than the walk off. The third pitch crack variation out left is fantastic, not really vegetated, and maybe 5.8ish. Great underappreciated route.


Location: UT : Echo Canyon
By: Andrew Gram When: Jun 1, 2015

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Comments: The area is a redneck disneyland, with gigantic fire rings everywhere. The camping won't be super appealing with a railroad and a very busy interstate right there, plus rednecks shooting at everything, but there are loads of established campsites.


Location: UT : San Rafael Swell : San Rafael Swell - North : Mexican Mountain Road Area : Triple Towers : Thin Man Pinnacle (5.9 C1)
By: Andrew Gram When: Mar 22, 2015

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Comments: The webbing/ropes on top are less than a year old - stuff ages really fast in the desert, especially on summits that are never out of the sun. The webbing that was there when I climbed it last year almost all broke under a light tug. This is certainly a cool adventure for a fourth tower, but it is a good idea to be prepared to have to replace anchors on obscurities like this. Bring a bunch of webbing or be prepared to cut off the end of your rope to get down safely. Not a bad idea to have a... more >>


Location: UT : Zion National Park : The Confluence
By: Andrew Gram When: Dec 30, 2014

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Comments: All yours. Thanks!


Location: UT : Zion National Park : The Confluence
By: Andrew Gram When: Dec 26, 2014

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Comments: If you are willing to rewrite i'll reassign it to you.


Location: UT : Echo Canyon : Bear Hollow : Bear Hollow Wall
By: Andrew Gram When: Oct 20, 2014

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Comments: Climbed up here this weekend. The shiny bolts and chains are definitely eyesores - i'll try to get up there in the spring to paint them if no one beats me to it.

The routes themselves were a lot of fun and very well cleaned. I can see why a badass climber would think they are forgettable, but the beginner I was with loved them and I enjoyed them too. I also don't think the close bolting is a bad thing on low angle terrain in somewhat sketchy rock that will attract many new climbers.

It is too ... more >>


Location: UT : San Rafael Swell
By: Andrew Gram When: Sep 19, 2014

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Comments: Backcountry climbs in the swell tend to be serious and really high adventure. I wouldn't try to combine the pursuits for a beginner. The swell is not a good place for beginner climbers really at all. The Mother Goose is a good option, as is Tiki Tower off of the Buckhorn Wash.

You'll have to carry all of your own water just about everywhere in the desert - its really better suited to day trips for the most part. That said, hiking the San Rafael River between Fuller Bottom and the San Rafael... more >>


Location: UT : Moab Area : Arches National Park : Owl Rock : West Crack (5.8) : Photo
By: Andrew Gram When: Jun 21, 2014

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Comments: A double gear sling on a short 5.8 free climb?


Location: UT : San Rafael Swell : San Rafael Swell - North : Moore Cutoff Road : Sid and Charley (5.10+)
By: Andrew Gram When: Apr 27, 2014

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Comments: 38.953867, -110.997065 are the GPS coords.


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