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The Dark Continent Area

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African Drag Queen T 
African Queen T,S 
Assegai S 
Blue Nile T,S 
Evolutionary Leap T,S 
Hand Cannibal T 
Heart of Darkness T,S 
Jabu and The Lion. S 
Man-Chimpster United T 
Mountains of the Moon S 
Rhodesian Ridgeback S 
Upper Your Volta T,S 

The Dark Continent Area  

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Elevation: 10,500'
Location: 37.7632, -111.8715 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Roy Suggett on Jul 28, 2013
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Yet another new area in the Jungle with exceptional vistas, seclusion, rock and routes! The bonus for this area are the short approaches.

Getting There 

Set your odometer at the "Upper Jungle"/"Upper Canopy" parking area and drive up hill and north for one mile passing cairns for campsite A, campsite B and the "Distant Drum Area" down chute, and campsite C. Next you come to another cairn (wood)in yet another debris field which is campsite D and the rap into Pangaea. Finally you reach the last cairn on the right where the road is left or northwest curving. Park in the wood chip parking area near debris fields and take the casual trail east for approximately 100 meters. Here the trail meets the edge of the cliffs and forks into two down chutes. The north chute is dicey due to an abundance of loose talus but is short and has both fixed hardware and a fixed line to assist. This leads to routes on the cliff face as well as to a stand alone tower of about 110 feet in height, known as the "Togo Tower." There is a summit register on top wedged into the summit cairn complete with a pencil. As of 7/28/13 "Togo Tower" has four routes on it with potential for a couple more. The south fork and chute are pedestrian and lead to routes on the cliff face and a shorter second tower set very near the base of the cliff face. As of 7/28/13 there are four routes here on what is known as "The Dinka Pillar." Most likely "The Dinka Pillar" is tapped out for any more lines however there may be more to develop on the cliff face itself. The best news about this new area is two-fold: 1)The rock is stellar and 2)The approach from vehicle to your particular route is about 5 minutes. The trail that leads from the "Lower Jungle" parking area and terminates in the middle of "Pangaea" can not be engineered much further due to a huge and loose talus field. Therefore the two areas will not be connected from below.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.4 miles from here

12 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Dark Continent Area:
Upper Your Volta   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 60'   
African Queen   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, Alpine, 80'   
Assegai   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, Alpine, 60'   
Jabu and The Lion.   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, Alpine, 70'   
Heart of Darkness   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, Sport, Alpine, 80'   
Rhodesian Ridgeback   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For The Dark Continent Area
Heart of Darkness left. <br />African Queen right.

Heart of Darkness 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  UT : Jungle, on the Aquarius Pla... : The Dark Continent Area
Starts as for African Queen but move left towards the arete. Up the arete then move right to burly moves up the crack and then back left to the arete. Finish straight up and then right to anchor.As good as it gets on perfect rock....[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

Photos of The Dark Continent Area Slideshow Add Photo
Time to bail.
Time to bail.
Togo Tower.
Togo Tower.
CALLING ALL HARD ASSES! <br />Green= A great looking potential line (12+ to 13-) for somebody...I'll help! <br />Yellow= Evolutionary Leap (12a) <br />Red= African Drag Queen (9+) <br />The first three bolts are in already on Evolutionary Leap and the anchor is already at the top!  Needs a high arete bolt first as a directional (easy) and away we go!
Green= A great looking pot...
Great potential here for a HARD line on great rock (see green)!  Takes "small" gear prior to exiting left to African Drag Queen anchor (red). I would be happy to belay the FA.  Should go around 12-.  Help an old cragger out.
BETA PHOTO: Great potential here for a HARD line on great rock...
This little tower has some great lines on it!
This little tower has some great lines on it!
Togo Tower with Dinka Pillar in background.
Togo Tower with Dinka Pillar in background.
Togo Tower.
Togo Tower.
Togo Tower and the the arete that needs doing.  There is an anchor above the line to work from.  There is an 12 line up the face to get you there (see Evolutionary Leap)
BETA PHOTO: Togo Tower and the the arete that needs doing. Th...

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