Seven Drunken Sailors Rock Climbing
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The common routes are on the west- and south-facing sides of the formation. The scramble up to the shoulder is a bit long but not bad. The first pitches are in loose, chaucey rock but the Sailor's themselves are good! Sailor's 1 and 2 are an easy scramble to summit. The others, not so much, though fun. It would appear that the best approach would be to chimney between Sailor's 4 and 5 summitting 4. Then jump to 5. From 5 jump to 6 and back to 5. Here you scoot to the south edge of 5 and jump to 7. The big deal is the jump back! I have known those who have refused this jump and created a bit of drama getting off Sailor 7. So have a plan before you touch down on 7! Sailor 3 requires aiders or even runners will work. I was reluctant to bolt this but on two trips the wind was screaming so hard (being the desert this is common) I was unable to hurl the rope over. So on my third trip I thought these two bolts would help ensure I and others would finally summit the remaining sailor. Have fun.
About a mile past the BLM sign and map, which is just up from the water crossing on the east entrance to Valley of the Gods, you will find a dirt track on the left that runs down to a couple of camp sites along the (normally) dry creek bed, a.k.a. Lime Creek. Hike west out of the creek bed and across the plain in the direction of the obvious formation (Seven Drunken Sailors). Upon reaching the base, one can choose to scramble up steep, loose, and chausey rock to the formation's shoulder or go right, up a sand dune - the apex gets you above the bad rock and then you can cut back to your left, south, and get on the formation's shoulder. Either way - 35 minutes - from vehicle to base of climb. Located at: 37.243209, -109.824443
Climbing Season For the Moab Area area.
Weather station 6.8 miles from here
3 Total Climbing Routes
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Little Drunk Jimmy 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c UT
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First pitch is a bit of an off-width but has peripheral cracks to protect. The rock isn't bad. The second pitch is the hoot! The stronger (arms) climber must mount the shoulders of the second in order to gain purchase above a loose overhang. Two moves and it's over, no protection required, just balls (sorry ladies, I should have used the term "nads" which is an abbreviation for gonads which you ladies do have)! Then the leader must hoist a bit to get the second over the hump enough to gain p...[more] Browse More Classics in UT