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BETA PHOTO: JHCOB wall from up canyon. The north face is in s...


The wall above and left of the "Remnants of an Ancient Sea" pullout in Big Cottonwood Canyon has a quick and easy approach which leads to multipitch climbing and good exposure. This is also sometimes called Jacob wall. Bring a helmet, because if you get off route, you are likely to run into loose rock.

Getting There 

The wall is located directly above the road approx. 2.4 miles up canyon on the right side (south side) of the road. There will be a pullout there and a sign which reads "Remnants of an Ancient Sea." (Picture here.) Park in this pullout and follow the semi-obvious trail up to the wall. (Five to ten minute approach.)

Another option, depending on the climb you are going to, is to drive a couple of hundred yards further up canyon and park on the right. Follow a trail up and move to the right towards the wall using your best discretion. This is a terrible scree field right above the road, so be careful.

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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for JHCOB Wall:
Second East Face   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
Outside Corner   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
Weed Killer   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   
Weed B Gone   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
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The red line is a pretty good guideline for where the bolts and natural gear placements are.

Weed Killer 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c  UT : Wasatch Range : ... : JHCOB Wall
Boy, am I glad I decided to try this out today. I haven't had this much fun on a single route all year! Surprising free from vegetation, as the name implies (unlike Ream's Chimney next door) with occasional choss. Easy slab and face climbing leads to roof after roof after roof (I think there were six, but honestly, I lost count). Granted, there is plenty of exposure throughout the route. There are ample rest opportunities, except when the roofs are so close together that there isn't much of...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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By Chris Komlos
Jul 11, 2012

Anyone know what the very steep wall is on the very west end of JHCOB wall? To the right of Retrobution and Unemployment Line. It had some intense-looking routes and some permanent draws on it, but I can't find it on Mountain Project.

By zoso
Jul 11, 2012

Whiplash wall. In the Ruckman guide.

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