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Routes in The Starting Block

Angering the Cheese Gods S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
As the Song and Dance Begins S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Blue Suede Shoes S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Dirty Rotten Scoudrel T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Dr. Diaper T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Funky Boss S,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Heimie the Mexican Gynecologist S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Howard Hughes S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
What's My Line S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Willie the Pimp S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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Several routes ranging from 5.9 to 12c. Routes face East and West so you can chase the sun or shade. Most routes can be top-roped, but are also bolted (a couple require gear).

Getting There

Walk a couple minutes on the trail to the East. The trail will take you to the top of a flat rock formation. The routes begin below you. To the left, Suck It Up Crybaby (5.12b) is visible; to the right, Dr. Diaper (5.9 crack) is visible, as well as a couple others. Go down the trail to the left, or follow the formation to the right to a steep trail to the base of the climbs.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Starting Block

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Dr. Diaper
Trad, Alpine
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Willie the Pimp
Sport, Alpine
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Angering the Cheese Gods
Sport, Alpine
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Howard Hughes
Sport, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Dr. Diaper
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine
Willie the Pimp
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, Alpine
Angering the Cheese Gods
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, Alpine
Howard Hughes
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, Alpine
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Will Beuttell
Cedar City, UT
Will Beuttell   Cedar City, UT
We’ve been working on the access trails for the Overlook - Starting Block area. With the impacts of the Brian Head Fire and the general erosion of the area, our goal is to stabilize the trails, make access easier/safer, and improve the overall sustainability of climbing in the area.

A few weeks ago, a belay ledge was built up under “As the Song and Dance Begins” (5.9). Today we stabilized the section of trail where you drop down from the top of the cliff. We also added a water bar to divert water from the trail and attempt to minimize erosion. We plan to improve the access trail and add cairns in the coming weeks.

PLEASE, IF YOU CLIMB AT THE OVERLOOK, instead of going straight down the slope toward “As the Song and Dance Begins,” walk straight toward “Howard Hughes” and then switchback down by taking the well-defined trail right after the burned tree (see first photo).

I also want to note that materials and labor were provided by local climbers from Cedar City. Please be patient as we continue working on this area, be respectful of the new structures, and stay on clear well-defined trails. Aug 11, 2018 · Temporary Report

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