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Dead Snag Direttissima T 
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East Dihedrals T 
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Jig's Up T 
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Steorts' Ridge T 

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Submitted By: John J. Glime on Oct 5, 2003  with updates from SpencerB
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With a short approach, long routes, and good rock this is a great area for beginning trad climbers, or a great place to just get out and cruise on a lazy day.

Getting There 

Driving up Big Cottonwood Canyon you will come to the Storm Mountain Picnic Area (about 2.8 miles up canyon). Parking is up to your personal preference, along the road, a pullout a bit further, the picnic area itself. Either way, the formation is across the road from the Storm Mountain Picnic Area (on the south side of the canyon.) Locate the Storm Mountain Trail, follow the trail southward, after 5 minutes of walking (approx.)you will see the Dead Snag crag to the west, drop down to the right, cross the creek and make your way to the base. Total approach time is about 15 minutes tops.

Alternately, Park on the right across from Storm Mountain Picnic Area. Walk back down the canyon 100 yards or so until you pass a rocky gully/stream on your left (there is a culvert under the road). Just past the stream, scramble up the steep rock steps into the woods to a trail. Follow the trail for about 10 minutes (ignore side trails) until you reach the cliff base. Parallel the cliff (going climbers left/uphill) past a small clearing with signs of camp fires until you get to the base of the arete where Sterots' Ridge begins.

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11 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Dead Snag:
Steorts' Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
Jig's Up   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 380'   
East Dihedrals   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
Dead Snag Direttissima   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 230'   
Die Another Day   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   
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Steorts' Ridge 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  UT : Wasatch Range : ... : The Dead Snag
Locate the obvious arete that divides the north and east faces of the cliff. Begin left of the arete.Pitch 1:Face and crack climb up and over the roof (5.6). Continue up easier, broken rock to belay on good ledge atop pillar below slanted roof.Pitch 2:Climb up right and follow wide crack left of arete to small belay stance on the arete.Pitch 3:Face climb up the steep, exposed arete, stay out on the arete as much as possible moving at times from one side to the other when necessary. After clipp...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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The Dead Snag cliff from the trail across the road...
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By Ryan Brough
From: Arvada, Colorado
Mar 21, 2007
Just a sampling of history from Gottman's guide from 1979:
"The Alpenbock Club was active in this area which they called the Astronaut Arete."
By Josh Cameron
From: Moab, Colorado
Jul 4, 2011
The rock type here takes a little while to get used to if you've never climbed on it before.
By pdubz
Jul 2, 2012
Found a piece of anchoring equipment yesterday at the top rap station. ID it and it's yours.
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