On the Skids
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BETA PHOTO: View from the start of On The Skids
This is the first bolted route on the west end of Dogwood, and is an excellent warmup route for doing MMFM further down the rock. Nice climb if you can manage to do it without the crowd.
The smooth/slimy surface (from water runoff when the water is high)on the first section is no indicator of the remainder of the climb, and the holds that are hard to see from the ground appear out of nowhere once you get closer to them and can see shadow.
I'd be more tempted to give this climb two stars if it weren't so crowded, but I'd definitely recommend climbing it (especially for the reason above).
6 bolts up to the anchors. I found it useful to use a couple of longer quickdraws. The bolt placements are not always in the best location for rope drag.
|By Nathan Fisher|
Apr 7, 2004
That beginnig is a doozy. Smooooth
|By Lee Gitlin|
Sep 16, 2004
5.8 sounds about right for this climb but DAMN it's hard to trust your feet! After bolt #2 the rock is not as smooth, so the climbing is more positive.
|By Rebecca Airmet|
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 28, 2005
The bottom section of this climb, to the first bolt, is easily as hard as anything on "I Think I'm Going Bald" or "Unforgiven". The climbing just isn't as sustained. Have your belayer give you a spot if you're leading it.
|By Ryan Peterson|
From: North Salt Lake, Utah
Jun 23, 2007
Did this today, was barely out of the water. We showed up around 8:30 and didn't have another group come until 9:30, but then there were 20 people top-roping the area.
Climbing to the first two bolts is the hard part, after you're on the ledge it's much better. Just have to trust your feet not to slide right off the polished rock.
From: Sandy, UT
Jul 15, 2009
Climbed this route on lead in the hot afternoon sun. River level was low enough to keep rope dry. I was not able to get any shoe friction on the smooth parts, although I did try, and took a clean fall above the 3rd bolt. Try to stay off the smooth stuff and smear any sharp edges you can find.
From: Cottonwood Heights, UT
Aug 7, 2012
5.8+ due to the slippery start. After that it's much more manageable. Enjoyable route with a lot of options.