Elevation: 5,714 ft
GPS: 38.092, -109.563 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Aaron Shupp on May 12, 2002
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Access Issue: RAIN, WET ROCK and RAPTOR CLOSURES: The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Also please ask and be aware of Raptor Closures in areas such as CAT WALL and RESERVOIR WALL in Indian Creek Details

Description

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.

RAPTOR CLOSURES: Please be aware of seasonal raptor closures at the Cat wall and Reservoir wall. They occur annually from March 31st until August 31st. *Due to the federal hiring freeze in agencies such as the BLM of Monticello, no official closure for 2017 has been issued and the laws which have been put in place in previous years are not being enforced. Please, for the sake of fragile desert ecology, DO NOT CLIMB at stated walls. These raptors return to the same nesting sites every year to raise their nestlings. These cracks aren't going anywhere, please respect the closure and spread the word.

Getting There

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Cat Wall

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5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 243
Tom Cat
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 112
Cat man do
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 85
Cat Got Your Tongue
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 102
Here Kitty Kitty
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 92
Unnamed 5.10 -Route 60
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 82
Trip to the Vet
Trad, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 80
More Than One Way
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 122
Fat Cat
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 89
Kool Cat
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 143
Deseret Moon
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 66
Curiosity
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 116
9 Lives
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 155
King Cat
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 114
Puma
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 147
Johnny Cat
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Tom Cat
 243
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Cat man do
 112
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Cat Got Your Tongue
 85
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Here Kitty Kitty
 102
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Unnamed 5.10 -Route 60
 92
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Trip to the Vet
 82
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, TR
More Than One Way
 80
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Fat Cat
 122
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Kool Cat
 89
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Deseret Moon
 143
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Curiosity
 66
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
9 Lives
 116
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
King Cat
 155
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
Puma
 114
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
Johnny Cat
 147
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
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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. Apr 16, 2002
Brad G  
This wall is closed until August due to falcon nesting. The same goes for Scarface. BummerÂ… Apr 9, 2009
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. Nov 3, 2010