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Climbers finishing the first pitch of Backoff.
|Mt. Nebo Wilderness on south side of Santaquin Canyon. MORE INFO >>>|
P1 - (WI2) Climb the low angle bulges to the bottom of the more vertical P2. Look for belay chains up a ramp on the right. This pitch is sometimes thin with water running under the ice.
P2 - (WI4) This is the business pitch, steeper and often thin. At the top on the right is a two bolt anchor (may be covered with ice). Over the top are chain anchors to the left.
Descent: Two rope rappel from anchors.
Found on the south side of the canyon .53 mile from the Trumbolt Picnic Area locked gate. The top of the route can be seen from the road. Scramble up the steep gully about 10 minutes to the base.
An alternate approach is to climb Squash Head, scramble above Squash Head's top anchors to the top of the ridge, then rappel to the base of Backoff.
Ice Screws for pro.
At the top of the low angle first pitch look for chain anchors up a ramp on the right. At the top of P2 on the right is a two bolt anchor, or climb over the top to chain anchors on the left.
Under the right conditions avalanches can rip down this gully.
BETA PHOTO: Backoff
January 2013 - JR Rowley
Backoff - 1/20/13
Back Off in pretty fat conditions. 2/18/13
|By Sam Cannon|
From: Holladay, UT
Jan 28, 2013
I dropped a 16cm screw (BD express) somewhere in the snow on the walkoff, I can identify markings if you find it. Otherwise fantastic route. As of Jan 2013 it looked pretty fat. What a climb!