This is a short, west-facing wall high on the Strone Crag/Standard Ridge escarpment. It is shaded until mid-day, then cooks the remainder. Developed by (you guessed it) the Ruckman brothers, the wall was named for a very successful Canadian rock band (now up to 24 gold and 14 platinum records, according to Wikipedia), and most of its route names have a Rush theme.
The most straightforward approach begins on the trail heading to west face of Challenge Buttress. Once under the west face, negotiate the boulder and scree gully just west (downcanyon) for a few more hundred yards, well past the indistinct trail leading to Wealth of Nations, until able to climb through an obvious notch separating Strone Crag and Standard Ridge. If you miss the notch and continue up the boulders and scree, you’ll eventually end up under Lonely Challenge Wall.
From the notch, fourth class up and toward the south until possible to gain a broken ledge under a slightly overhanging face with an obvious left to right diagonalling crack (La Villa Stangiato). It may help to use the overview map in Ruckmans’ 1998 guide. Plan for at least 15 minutes, some rock tottering, and heavy breathing for the approach.
It’s also possible and maybe more enjoyable to access the Rush Wall by climbing the Standard Ridge, which would take you into the notch mentioned above, or climbing one of the newer routes on the northwest face of Strone Crag (e.g., Starstruck) and continuing up fourth class rock to the wall.
This is the obvious left to right slanting crack that dominates the Rush Wall. “Elegant and strange,” say the Ruckmans. It’s reminiscent of the insecurity and relentlessness of Pyschobabble....[more]Browse More Classics in UT