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Shared By: Andrew Gram on Apr 3, 2004
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The Iron Curtain Wall has some nice well bolted sport routes on good quartzite and a quick approach, though the interstate noise dims the appeal. Still, this is a good place to go get a quick pump.

Getting There

Take the 3300 South Exit from I-215, and turn east. Continue through the light at Wasatch Blvd, and then bear left at the first intersection. There is a parking area at the end of the road. From here, walk steeply uphill on a dirt road. Turn left onto a trail towards a distinctive boulder just before a building and cell tower. Head east on a path just before the boulder, and hike down the steep trail to the base of the wall. The Iron Curtain Wall is on the left, and the approach takes about 5-10 minutes from the trailhead.

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Nathan Fisher
St George
Nathan Fisher   St George  
There is an old lowering rope just west of the main gully that can be used to well... lower down the steep hillside. Jul 2, 2004
Steve M Miller
Park City, Ut
Steve M Miller   Park City, Ut
  • *WARNING** top right anchor on UP IN A FLASH is a big spinner went to set up the top rope today (with my own gear in the chains) mainly just to rap down so I didn't have to do the hike but ended up hiking down. I did not have and trust in that anchor. just letting people know.
Jul 30, 2011
Paul Wilhelmsen
sandy, ut
Paul Wilhelmsen   sandy, ut
Just a heads up to anyone that hasn't been here before, all the first bolts at this crag are WAY off the deck.
I went to Iron Curtain wall yesterday, and was really surprised by just how high off the deck all the first bolts are (not to mention that like 50 % are spinners). My partner and I kinda wracked our brains on the reasoning behind this but really couldn't figure it out.
For Example, the climb that most people rap down, to access the crag, is Up in a Flash. The first bolt for this climb is a spinner, somewhere around 15 ft up, and after the crux. Granted the landing area is flat and free of rocks, but thats cold comfort if you pop off clipping the first bolt and your feet are almost 10 ft off the ground.
I really loved the quality of the rock here. It's awesome, textured, pocketed and really fun to climb, but w/o a stick clip, I thought the area kinda sucked.
FWIW, I think of myself as an average climber, I am not especially brave but also not exceptionally cautious either, and I thought that every one of the 5.10a's and below had unnecessarily high first bolts.

I don't wanna turn anyone off to the area itself, It's REALLY fun, kinda like a cross between the slips and Battalion of the Saints, but if your like me and don't find it fun risking your ankles for the first bolt, bring a stick clip!!! The bolting after that seemed great. May 28, 2014
"Just a heads up to anyone that hasn't been here before, all the first bolts at this crag are WAY off the deck."

OK, the following routes now have a new fist bolt to help protect one from decking.

- Pick-Pocket
- Mutation
- Up in a Flash
- Gotta be tall or else you'll fall
- Iron Curtain
- Out of Touch

26 years ago the ground at the base of these routes was actually 2-3 feet higher. There has been a lot of wearing away and lowering of the soil believe it or not. Even so, the old trad mentality is still prevalent on some of these routes. May 31, 2015
Crag Turkey
Holladay, UT
Crag Turkey   Holladay, UT
Just saw the new bolts yesterday.... while the new bolts may make the iron curtain a better place for beginners to learn to lead, i am bummed that the old trad mentality is gone (at least in my opinion). While I respect Brian's decision to do this, I will miss the old starts. I liked how much it would challenge ones' mental game, I suppose i can just skip the bolts now. Brian, I always thought the ground must have progressively gotten lower over the years. Thanks for the info and all the work you have put into this little spot. Jul 7, 2015
One of my most favorite "quick clip" trips. Seriously like going to the gym, pull up to the trailhead (hopefully find a parking spot) and you're rappelling in 15 minutes.

<3 Mar 14, 2016
I found a pair of shoes at the wall today. Who left them? Jun 20, 2018
Personal opinion, but I wouldn't recommend this crag for a "recreational" sport climber (someone around the 5.10a rating). It has a lot of highway noise, the approach is short but steep and slippery, a high percentage of the bolts are questionable (lots of spinners), the bolt setting is poor (why so many zigzagging bolts?), and the ratings are sandbagged at least a full grade. The only climb here I enjoyed was "Gotta Be Tall or Else You'll Fall" (but I must admit I really enjoyed that one--it's just that the other routes here had a lot of suck). This is by no means a horrible crag, but with so many other nearby options it is hard for me to justify ever returning here. Sep 11, 2018
PSA: Don't invite Shawn to any parties. Sep 12, 2018