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Blue Gramma Cliff

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Blue Gramma T 
Dawn of an Age T,TR 
Desert Siren (Tower) T,S 
Event Horizon, The T 
Formerly Aided T 
Hayley's Heyday T 
Left of 5.10 Flake T 
Moon Goddess Revenge T 
Orion's Bow T 
Petrelli Motors T 
Price of Evil, The T 
Unknown far left T 
Unknown far left - II T 
Unnamed (far right side - big hands to OW bulge) T 
Unnamed 10+ (steep thin hands dihedral to pod) T 
Unnamed 11 (shares BG anchor) T 
Unnamed 5.10 Flake T 
Unnamed 9+ (big hands dihedral) T 
Unnamed II (fingers through fists) T 
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Blue Gramma Cliff Rock Climbing 

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Location: 38.02641, -109.5388 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Charles Vernon on May 12, 2002


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BETA PHOTO: Panoramic view of Blue Gramma from the road.

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Blue Gramma is more or less the first major cliff (for climbing) in Indian Creek. It doesn't see as much traffic as the "big name" cliffs, but many of the routes are only 50 feet high or so and there are a great many worthwhile 5.9 and 5.10 routes, most of them "unnamed". This was the first wall I visited on my first trip to Indian Creek and it was a perfect intro. In fact the first route I ever did at Indian Creek, an unnamed 5.9+, is still to my mind one of the best I've done. You don't need 8 of every friend size here!

Getting There 

Since it receives less traffic, this crag is a bit harder to find. It's a mile or so before you get to Supercrack buttress, at a good pull-out on the right. Look for a series of clean but comparatively short dihedrals near to the road, maybe 2-3 miles after Newspaper Rock. The approach is quite short as there isn't much of a talus slope.

Climbing Season

Weather station 14.1 miles from here

19 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Blue Gramma Cliff

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Blue Gramma Cliff:
Unnamed 9+ (big hands dihedral)   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Dawn of an Age   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Hayley's Heyday   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   
Unnamed II (fingers through fists)   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Petrelli Motors   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Left of 5.10 Flake   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 50'   
Unnamed 10+ (steep thin hands dihedral to pod)   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Blue Gramma   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Desert Siren (Tower)   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   
Formerly Aided   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Mitch getting ready for the business

Blue Gramma 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c  UT : Moab Area : ... : Blue Gramma Cliff
Climb up an initial steep move with a 1" or 1.5" cam to access the flake and slab- climb up easy moves leap-frogging the 1" or 1.5" gear to save it for later if you are shy on gear. Continue up to darker and steeper rock, placing a few larger cams (1-2 each 2"-3.5" cams) in wide spots, again to save your 1" and 1.5" gear. Access a good 'pod' in the flake which provides a great stance from which to launch the assault on the meat of the route- the next 10 meters, which will be primarily lie-backs ...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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By Frank Stock
Mar 13, 2002
It actually is "Blue Gamma", after a type of grass, not a little old lady.

The cliff offers a lot of nice cracks. First timers at IC may appreciate that the lines are shorter, requiring less endurance and smaller racks. Still good stuff though.
By Charles Vernon
From: Tucson, AZ
Apr 1, 2002
That named seemed more logical, but all the guidebooks and every web reference I've come across refer to it as "Blue Gramma", so I went with that. I don't know if it was originally named Blue Gamma and then became corrupted or what-not.
By Anonymous Coward
Jun 15, 2002
Actually, Blue Gramma is the proper name of the grass you are talking about..
By Steve "Crusher" Bartlett
Apr 28, 2003
Blue Gamma! The grass is called Blue Grama.
By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
May 1, 2003
I thought Blue Grama was what you get when Grampa passes away. Sorry ...
By Bob Dobalina
Jun 11, 2009
I always thought that it was originally named "blue gamma." As in gamma rays. Then it was nicknamed "my blue haired gramma" which eventually became "blue gramma."
Don't ask me how I know this!

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