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The Scar from Potash Road. Just right of the photo...


The Scar is a beautiful cliff overlooking Moab, the Matheson Wetlands and the Colorado River. The routes here are all overhanging sport climbs. The wall catches morning sun and afternoon shade and there is often a slight breeze.

The Scar seems to have a higher percentage of calcite in it's matrix, giving the stone a much more solid character than most Wingate (more similar to Castleton Tower). The routes here are not that long, ranging from 30 to 70 feet in length, but the flat-nature of the holds make the routes pumpy. All in all it’s a distinct change from the other climbing venues around Moab.

Getting There 

As Potash Road enters the Colorado River Canyon at what is commonly called The Portal, the Wingate Sandstone layer angles to road level. This is between 2.5 and 3 miles from the turn off onto Potash from US 191.

Just before the point where the Wingate layer meets the Colorado River, one can see a beige “scar” about 200 feet above the road.

10 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Scar:
Tender to the Touch   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
The Flapper   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
Sunkist   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Eviscerate   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
Sub-Lux   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
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Zack on "The Butterfly"

The Butterfly 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c  UT : Moab Area : ... : The Scar
Climb Tender to the Touch and then continue up and right on good holds to a chain anchor....[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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