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Ogden is a city with a rather rich history of climbing and a large variety of stone. A majority of the rock you'll find here is quartzite, however you'll come across a bit of everything from limestone to conglomerate. With ascents dating back over thirty years, there is no surprise that names such as Alex and Greg Lowe have had their hands in some of the most classic routes in the area.
A recent growth of new routes and rising popularity has made Ogden a contender for "climbing city of the year". With accessibility so close to the city, you can be up climbing routes after work and back home in time for a late dinner.
Easy access lends Ogden to be an great destination. Crags such as 9th Street, School Room, and many other areas make it hard to find excuses.
Ogden includes several great areas with tons of routes. You'll be sure to come across a little something for everyone. Whether its alpine or sport, traditional or bouldering, Ogden has it all. So check out the hard limestone, mulit-pitch trad routes, ice climbing and bouldering, either way, you can't miss.
From the South, Get on I-15 and head north past Salt Lake, after about 38 miles and follow signs for Ogden. See Individual Crags for more in-depth directions. Essentially, get on I-15, head to Utah, look for Ogden.
IN OGDEN THERE ARE FIVE GREAT AREAS TO CLIMB, 3 OUTSIDE, AND 2 INDOORS.
FOR TRAD, AND SPORT THERE IS OGDEN CANYON, BUT UNLESS YOU HAVE SOMEONE SHOW YOU IT CAN BE RATHER HARD TO FIND THE ROUTES.
FOR PURE SPORT THERE IS NINTH STREET. IF YOU GET OFF I-15 AT 12TH ST IN OGDEN GO EAST TO HARRISON BLVD. AT THE NEXT RIGHT (9TH ST. SOUTH) FOLLOW TILL THE END OF THE ROAD AND PARK (PLEASE OBSERVE THE NOT SO OBVIOUS DON'T PARK SPRAY PAINTINGS ON THE FENCES) THERE IS A GATE, STANDING FROM THE GATE LOOKING AT THE MOUNTAINS THERE IS A ROAD GOING UP, AND A SUBTLE TRAIL TO THE LEFT. THE CRAG IS TO YOUR UPPER LEFT, AND CAN BE RATHER CROWDED DURING THE SUMMER. IF NOONE IS THERE, TRY TO GO TO THE MOST OBVIOUS CHUNK OF ROCK ON THE LEFT SIDE. IT IS ABOUT A 5-10 MINUTE, RIGOROUS HIKE. NINTH STREET IS NOT VERY BIG, BUT HAS SOME RATHER TOUGH ROUTES. THE FIRST ROUTE YOU GET TOO ON THE VERY LEFT SIDE OF THE ROUTE IS 5-9, TO THE RIGHT OF THOSE CHAINS IS A SET OF BOLTS FOR TOPROPING 5.6THE NEXT BOLT LINE TO THE RIGHT, ABOUT 20 FEET, IS MIDNIGHT COWBOY, A 5.10 D THAT IS RATHER TRICKY, AND SLIGHTLY OVERHUNG AT THE TOP. THE NEXT FULL SET OF BOLTS IS RATED 5.10D/5.11A (I THINK) ABOUT 3 FEET OVER FROM THERE IS JERUSELEM 5.11 B/C-ISH IT STARTS AT THE OVER HANG AND GOES STRAIGHT UP. I DO NOT KNOW THE REST OF THE ROUTES.
AT THE TOP OF 27TH STREET SOUTH YOU CAN EASILY WALK TO A BOULDER FIELD, THERE ARE QUITE A FEW BOULDER'S UP THERE, BUT PLAYING AROUND IS REALLY FUN. ON THE SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN ABOVE THE BOULDER FIELD IS THE SCHOOL ROOM WALL WITH BOTH TRAD AND SPORT, BUT I HAVE NEVER BEEN THERE, DUE TO THE 45 MINUTE HIKE UP A SCREE SECTION.
BEN LOMOND CLIMBING GYM IS ON 89 IN NORTH OGDEN, AND THERE ARE SOME REALLY COOL GUYS THAT WORK THERE.
PROPULSION IS ON RIVERDALE ROAD NEXT TO WILLY'S CAR DEALERSHIP. THERE IS PRETTY MUCH JUST BOULDERING, BUT IT IS REALLY FUN (SIMILAR TO THE FRONT IN SALT LAKE, BUT NOT AS PRETTY). IF YOU ARE NOT MORMON, OR CAN'T CLIMB V6 DON'T EXPECT TOO MAKE A WHOLE LOT OF FRIENDS THERE.