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Bull Dykes and Biker Ducks S 
Daffy's Shaft T 
Dark of the Moon S 
Duck A L'Orange T 
Duck Waddle Variation T 
Fool's Paradise S 
Frozen Stool T 
Great Grebes, Batman! T 
Pied-Billed Grebe S 
Playing In The Sun T 
Ruddy Duck T 
Sportsman's Paradise T 
Via Duck S 
Walking the Duck T 
Western Grebe T 
Western Grebe Mantel Var. S 
Why a Duck? S 

South Face  

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Slab routes and crack climbs dominate this area. Most protect well; some are runout. Slightly coarser-grained granite than Gate Buttress and "Green A" rock allows your shoes to stick a little better; however, due to the scarcity of climbers, the rock is pretty flaky on most of the routes.

Two-rope rappels are necessary on a lot of routes, and be aware that although many of the old 1/4-inchers have been replaced, not all have. South-facing and hot in the summer, yet too high up in the canyon for the winter sun to effectively melt the snow equates to a great Spring/Fall area.

Getting There 

Park approximately 1.85 miles up canyon at a white power plant (the Pentapitch Area parking), cross the road, and hike west on the dirt road with a gate and "Absolutely No Trespassing" signs.

If this makes you nervous, skirt the signs by 50 feet and bushwhack up to the road.

Follow the dirt road to the point where it turns east at an eroded switchback and continue west on foot trails. These trails will get you to the routes in 15 minutes or so.

It is very easy to turn north too early on these trails, which will take you to the Peeler Face area. Look for bolted slab routes that the trail passes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.5 miles from here

17 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for South Face:
Western Grebe   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 4 pitches, 460'   
Western Grebe Mantel Var.   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Daffy's Shaft   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Fool's Paradise   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport   
Great Grebes, Batman!   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 115'   
Dark of the Moon   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   
Sportsman's Paradise   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 3 pitches, 215'   
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Western Grebe Mantel Var. 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  UT : Wasatch Range : ... : South Face
The second pitch of Western Grebe can be modified with a hard mantel thrown in. It is a nice move and definitely committing. Instead of traversing all the way left to avoid the roof. About 15 feet before the main route is a solitary bolt a-top a mini-flake. Do it, just do it!!...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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