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The Cat Wall is loaded with lots of great climbs. Most of these are fairly difficult in the 5.10+ to 5.12+ range. There are fantastic splitters that cut through magnificent roofs as well as some thin, steep finger cracks. There seems to be great lines every ten to thirty yards along the wall. Even if there are a lot of people around, keep walking and you will find a fun worthwhile line that is unoccupied.
From Newspaper Rock drive about 8 miles to the junction of County Road 104 and Utah 211 (this is about 5 miles north of Supercrack Buttress). Park on the east side of the road at the large dirt turn-out. Go through the ranch gate (be sure to close it behind you) and follow a trail that heads NE toward the wall. The walk is almost 2 miles. However, unless things have changed, a moderately well driven two-wheel-drive with a little clearance should be able to drive in through the gate considerably closer to the wall and park on a knoll right below the trail that goes up to the cliffs.
Weather station 10.7 miles from here
76 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',14],['3 Stars',43],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Cat Wall
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cat Wall:
Unnamed 19 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Tom Cat 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Catmandu 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Kool Cat 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Fat Cat 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Curiosity 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Dead Crow 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 150'
Johnny Cat 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Wild Cat 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
9 Lives 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Alley Cat 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Puma 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, 1 pitch
Bad Cat 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad
Burl Dog 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Tasmania 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Featured Route For Cat Wall
Bachelor Party 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a UT
: Moab Area
: ... : Cat Wall
An excellent, slowly widening, finger crack on the far right side of Cat Wall, immediately right of the long 5.10 splitter (right of Fat Cat). Two stars at Cat Wall, solid three stars anywhere else. Begin with a boulder problem start protected by tiny cams to get off the ground. The meat of the climb is the 25 foot middle section where the crack widens from tips with decent feet, to fingers with crappy feet. As with most of the classic Indian Creek finger cracks, I found the crux to be actuall...[more] Browse More Classics in UT
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BETA PHOTO: One section of routes labeled.
By Aaron Shupp
Apr 16, 2002
There are actually two places to hike in from.Another road (slightly shorter and less rugged) comes into another parking area further to the south. It is a littler farther from the main area, but provides closer access to the routes further south down the wall.
By Brad G
From: Yosemite and elsewhere
Apr 9, 2009
This wall is closed until August due to falcon nesting. The same goes for Scarface. Bummer
By chris Kalous
Nov 3, 2010
An added bummer about the closures: Many routes are dirty from being dormant for a year. Bad Cat, for instance, is unclimbable/needs to be "aided" and cleaned (it was late in the day so we didn't bother). Bring a couple brushes to the Cat as standard equipment. A cheap bottle brush and hand wiskbroom from the grocery store work wonders. A normal bouldering brush will be less than adequate.