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The Summit Wall is the highest rock in the cirque, with the summit reaching to 11,253' and it is the most obvious destination for cirque climbers. Unless someone has been creative recently, five routes ascend this formation ranging in difficulty from 5.7 to 5.10a, including one aid route at 5.9 A3. The rock is classic alpine granite, with some granularity that can make early-season climbing a bit spicy, but very solid nonetheless. As with all alpine environments, helmets are a good option as rock fall is possible, and (the bigger risk) hikers who reach the summit from the backside are prone to send the occasional projectile into the void. The Falcon guide describes this as some of the finest granite in the Wasatch, representing the "whole spectrum of climbing repertoire-from stems, to jams, to bold faces". It might be good for them to add that roofs are also significant elements to a couple of the climbs as well (and crux elements at that).
The approach from the meadow is fairly straightforward. Hike up the snow-field (or scree if late season) towards the huge chimney that splits the triangular north and more rectangular south sections of the cirque. As you begin to approach the chimney, work left onto the shelf at the base of the upper section of the formation. This is the area where the pines have established themselves, below the climbs but above the blocky section that meets the meadow. All the climbs begin from this shelf.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Summit Wall:
The Open Book 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 5 pitches, 600'
The Undone Book 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a R Trad, 5 pitches, 580'
Vertical Smile 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, Grade II
Triple Overhangs 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 4 pitches, 550'
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Vertical Smile 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a UT : Wasatch Range : ... : Summit Wall
Great route that can easily be seen from camp. The first pitch and a half share Triple Overhangs, when you reach the arching fist crack these routes split the Overhangs goes left into the dihedral, Vertical Smile stays in the crack. Follow this crack until it goes into a small left facing corner where the climbing thins out and some technical stemming comes into play. Pull the roof and continue up and right, pass two bolts (we set up a belay at the second bolt). From here go up and right some ru...[more] Browse More Classics in UT
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