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Simple Simon 

YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 30'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Jeff Pedersen
Season: early spring - late fall
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Submitted By: Austin H on Feb 23, 2008

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Overhanging roof with great jugs, although 1 or 2 key holds are hidden. Some reachy moves may be hard for short people. The entire route is overhung with barely any weight on your feet until the anchors. Climb it fast as you get pumped out of your mind hanging there looking for the next moves.

Fun strong route.

Great photo op with the valley & lake in the background


In the middle of the overhanging wall section. Look at the beta photo. Starts at the chalk in the bottom middle and then goes up the jugs on the left side of the photo


5 bolts and chain anchors. All the bolts are clipped from solid jugs.

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Lovin' the steepness
Lovin' the steepness
Simple Simon
Simple Simon
Steep but fun route
Steep but fun route
Perin Blanchard in the quintessential Simple Simon...
Perin Blanchard in the quintessential Simple Simon...
Simple Simon (11b) with Utah Valley in the backgro...
Simple Simon (11b) with Utah Valley in the backgro...
Simple Simon starts at the chalk in the bottom mid...
BETA PHOTO: Simple Simon starts at the chalk in the bottom mid...
Simple Simon
Simple Simon
simple simon
simple simon
Excellent views
Excellent views

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By Darren Knezek
May 15, 2008
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

This was the first bolted climb at The Superbowl and at the time was one of the steepest climbs in Utah for .11b. A must-do for anyone who climbs in Rock Canyon at this grade and a great route to see where your power and technique are at on overhanging climbs.
From: Austin, TX
Jun 6, 2011

I think that this was one of the most fun things i've ever done. It kicked our whole group's butt, but after a lot of effort I made it to the top.
The holds are great but the slope is relentless. There are some good feet in key spots, finding those gave me spots to clip from. To me, the route was mostly about not being intimidated by the slope (easily the steepest outdoor thing i've ever climbed) and committing to some of the ultra-bold moves to big but distant holds. The climb got a lot easier after the 4th bolt too. I'd highly recommend this one.
By Canyon Copa
May 30, 2012

Hands down the best overhanging route at this grade. It doesn't take much effort to find the holds as they are completely caked in chalk. Huge jugs, great protection, and technical moves keeping your feet on make for a great climb.
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