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Dark West Face 
East Face Slab 

Back of Beyond Rock Climbing 


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Location: 40.61709, -111.75679 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Stevie Nacho on Jul 9, 2012
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BETA PHOTO: Approach to Back of Beyond as seen from the top o...

Description 

This area is on the south side of the canyon, west of the the Storm Mountain. It is a great place for shade till around 2:00 and to avoid the poop storms at the Slips and Challenge Buttress. This ridge is like a brother to Steorts and Outside Corner.

Getting There 

Park across from the roadside and steep sport crag known as the Speed Trap. Step out of your car and look up and south. You will see the prominent ridges. The Back of Beyond is the middle ridge with the sheerest face. Hike across the bridge that leads to a picnic area and pass through a few picnic sites heading south east. Above the highest and southern most site, climb the steep hill above. After ascending steep trail, make your way east via multiple stoner trails till you reach a drainage. This is the only river drainage in the area, if you go east you will run into it. A second option to finding the drainage is to walk east up the river till you see it come in from the south. After finding the river bed, follow it for about 30 minutes till you arrive at a trail on the right. The trail is marked with ribbon and a cairn. Follow this trail for about 15 minutes to the base of all the routes. The drainage runs in the early spring. The approach is easier than it looks.

Climbing Season

For the Big Cottonwood Canyon area.

Weather station 1.4 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',3],['5.9',0],['5.10',4],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Back of Beyond

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Back of Beyond:
Moss Lords of the Wasatch   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   East Face Slab
The Journey Home   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 300'   Dark West Face
The Fools Progress   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 180'   Dark West Face
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Featured Route For Back of Beyond
Rock Climbing Photo: The beautiful slab section of the 1st pitch of The...

The Fools Progress 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  UT : Wasatch Range : ... : Dark West Face
This is a two pitch route that starts in the gulley west of the ridge and joins The Journey Home at the beginning of its fourth pitch. PITCH ONE: Bolts and pins up a beautiful slab to a two bolt anchor on a mini ledge/alcove. PITCH TWO: Bolts and pins out a roof, up a thin face to and anchor on the "gangplank." This routes stays in the shade longer than The Journey Home...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

Photos of Back of Beyond Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: three jokers on the gang plank. (backclip, stevie ...
three jokers on the gang plank. (backclip, stevie ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Back Of Beyond when viewed from the "Spee...
BETA PHOTO: The Back Of Beyond when viewed from the "Spee...
Rock Climbing Photo: Overview of the sport routes
BETA PHOTO: Overview of the sport routes
Rock Climbing Photo: Back of Beyond as seen from the top of the Leisure...
Back of Beyond as seen from the top of the Leisure...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bill Bones cleaning pitch 3
Bill Bones cleaning pitch 3
Rock Climbing Photo: Stevie getting ready to dig out pitch three
Stevie getting ready to dig out pitch three
Rock Climbing Photo: A local seeing what the new folk are up to.
A local seeing what the new folk are up to.
Rock Climbing Photo: tp at the top of pitch two.
tp at the top of pitch two.
Rock Climbing Photo: Back of Beyond is the middle ridge with the most s...
BETA PHOTO: Back of Beyond is the middle ridge with the most s...

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By cdec
From: SLC, UT
Aug 22, 2014
This wall is a great addition to the Wasatch. Positive holds of all sizes on clean quartzite make for really fun climbing. Stevie and friends put in a lot of effort cleaning and equipping the routes. Honor their efforts and climb these routes. They need traffic to keep clean.
The hike is accurate as described. Once into the drainage (skiers may know it as the generator couloir) just keep going until you see a rock ridge and the surveyors tape. The trails to and from the main drainage are good, no bush whacking required.
Took us 35 minutes to the base of Fools Progress.
By Zandy
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 29, 2016
A worthy outing if you're trying to escape the heat and crowds! Really feels adventurous and remote, but it's not too long of a hike. Well done to everyone involved in developing this area! Much more route possibilities await an ambitious developer.
By Ben Folsom
Sep 5, 2016
A cool area with a nice approach, a variety of good, interesting routes and great views.

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