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This area provides access to a plethora of climbs. Many of these climbs date back to the 40's when Harold Goodro and the Alpenbock members climbed here extensively. You may still find old remnants of slings around trees and rusted, bent-over pitons. It is the hope of some climbers that some of these unused museum pieces stay right where they are, as a natural museum showcase where some of the Wasatch's earliest pioneers went to seek adventure.
Park as for any of the climbing in the Stairs Gulch area. Hike up the very nice trail west of the streambed and walk around the first buttress one encounters on the right. This is the Challenge Buttress. 10 minute approach.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for North and West Faces:
Tuff Enough 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Hollow Man 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Flamin' Freddie 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Better than Bitter 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
cTr 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Broken Thumb 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Guilt Trip 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Wrecking Ball 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Winky and Waxman Go Bolting 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 30'
Tuff'n Up 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
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Better than Bitter 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b UT : Wasatch Range : ... : North and West Faces
Above Winky and Waxman Go Bolting is this newer bolted route. It follows the bolts to chains and is well-protected and exposed. This is Hollow Man on steroids. A great route, a must-do route... Enjoy jamming around that chockstone. This climb is similar to Hollow Man in the sense that it is pretty consistent and very vertical to slightly overhanging; it differs in the sense that there is a harder move and it has way more exposure. Do this route!!!...[more] Browse More Classics in UT
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