The Scar from Potash Road. Just right of the photo...
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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 its a distinct change from the other climbing venues around Moab.
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.
Climbing Season For the Potash Road area.
Weather station 2.0 miles from here
10 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Scar
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Scar:
The Flapper 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 35'
Eviscerate 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 35'
Sub-Lux 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 45'
Featured Route For The Scar
Looking one way from The Scar.
Looking another way from The Scar.
By Shane Martin Smith
From: Pagosa Springs, CO
Sep 30, 2015
Just recently went to this area for the first time. Something very cool about this place was that someone had carved all of the route names and grades in to stones and propped them up at the bottom of the routes. This was very helpful since I had no info on this area at the time.