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This out-of-the-way climbing secret is usually empty, mostly because the approach is a real pain in the ass. The talus slope that you climb is steep, slippery and sucks out loud. But the payoff is worth the approach effort, I promise.
Park across from Storm Mountain Picnic Area, about 2.7 miles up the canyon. Climb up the trail on the east side of the stream and walk about 1/4 mile. Then start looking for trails across the valley/stream to the Dead Snag Area. Head up the talus slope uphill from Dead Snag. Its quite a hump, and a real pain in - wait - I said that already...Keep going about another 200 yards or so. Glass Ocean is on the west side of the canyon facing northeast.
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Glass Ocean 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
Lord of the Long Arms 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'
High Dive 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, 2 pitches, 150'
Tsunami 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Northwest Passage 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR, 2 pitches, 165'
Hydroplane 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
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Glass Ocean 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c UT : Wasatch Range : ... : Glass Ocean and Environs
This route is fantastic every time! One of the best 5.8's in BCC!!There is a ledge about 25 feet up from the start. On the descent it is important to stop on this ledge and walk off around the side. You can NOT lower all the way back down with a 60 meter rope!!! So be careful.Stuart & Ruckman's Wasatch Climbing Guide simply describes this climb as "Smooth as glass, vast as the ocean. The upper face is beautiful and continuous."There are some excellent puzzles to solve on the way up, and it f...[more] Browse More Classics in UT
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