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Routes in Sparks Wall

All That Remains T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Divide and Conquer T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Generic Spark T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Go Sparky Go T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Hawk, The T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Ici c`est bienne T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Jump Start T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Jupiter Crack T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
LGS (Last Great Splitter), The T 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Low Spark T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13
Old Sparky T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Rowdy T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Scenic Line T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Skraps T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Slings and Arrows T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Spark It Up Sparky T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Spark Plug T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Spark Wallberg T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Sparkling Gefilte Fish T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Sparkling Prom Date T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Sparkling Schloob T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Sparkling Schnitzel T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Sparkling Spurs T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Sparkling Zygote T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Sparks of the Tempest T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Tom Thumb T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Unknown T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Unknown 5.10 T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Unknown 5.11- T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
What a Fool Believes T 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Zebras and Moonbeams T 5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
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Description

A reasonably good cliff you can be alone at, with a goodly number of good routes! 5 routes on this cliff face North, and about 10 more face Southeast. The latter getting sunlight from sunrise to nearly sunset in the fall and winter. The Bloom book mentions that some of these routes are dusty for lack of travel, as this cliff is relatively unvisited. In reality, while this may be a contributor, the main cause is that the rock is softer here than in some other areas and yields more dust to rain and wind. Still, some routes are quite good, and as Bloom implies, you are likely to have them all to yourself. Of the routes I tried, I found "Go Sparky Go" to be the best for its unique quality of going almost horizontal on a flat vertical wall, "Low Spark" the best for its length (P1: 155', P2:80'), "Sparkling Schnitzel" good all around despite being an OffWidth, and "Sparkling Gefilte Fish" a good warm up. The 12's at Sparks Wall are rumored to be quite good, but I did not get on any of them.
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

Getting There

To get to Sparks Wall, turn off of the main road left, as for Bridger Jack, Pistol Whipped, Way Rambo, 4X4 Wall, Technicolor, etc...
Not your odometer when turning, this will become useful.
Cross the creek after less than a mile & continue back towards The Cottonwoods area, staying left at all possible right turns and passing Technicolor Wall. After you have gone 3.8 to 3.9 miles, the cliff-band on your right will come very close to the road. A hogback of land falls from this cliff to a rib of raised land near the road, but just before you reach this, there is a pulloff with a jeep road cutting off right, back sharply north in reverse to your direction of travel. Exit the road here and park.
The trail is very faint and easy to loose, but not too strenuous or long, regardless. It should take 20-40 minutes to arrive depending on your rack size and fitness.
To hike up to the cliff, look for a sweeping roof at the center of the SE face, spanning perhaps 50 feet with 3 end-to-end sections at slightly different elevations from the ground. This will be your point of arrival at the cliff. Note downward from there a break in the rotten red cliff-band, just left of a very large boulder perched at its edge. This is also important. Now look down from there to the chossy, dirty "cone" of soil just right of there.
Start hiking by going in your former direction of travel, South. Get on to the first hogback or "rib" of earth and start making your war up to the right side of the cone of earth previously mentioned. By now you should have picked up a trail. Go right up it's side on some flat terrain that is foot-packed past 1 rock cairn. A the top, walk up and left behind a big boulder and a small tree just past the cairn to follow the trail. You will arrive at more flat-ish switch backs, which will wind up and left towards the perched boulder. Go left of the boulder and up to the base of the cliff, arriving at the base-trail just left of the route "Low Spark." The trail at the base of the cliff is surprisingly easy to travel and flat.

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Princess Mia   Vail
Park as per description above, directly below the cliff at an old campsite. This is exactly where the road spur cuts sharply back. In the back of the campsite is a nice new and improved trail. Pretty steep but easy to follow. It comes up right by Low Spark. May 6, 2012
chosspector
San Juans, CO
chosspector   San Juans, CO
Alternate approach beta: Go 2.5 miles past the 4x4 cattlegaurd and park at the turnout with the big boulders. Find the cairned trail at the boulders and follow it to the crag. Nov 5, 2009
pfwein
Boulder, CO
pfwein   Boulder, CO
We had the area to ourselves on a perfect Oct. weekend. The route Scenic Line (in Bloom's guide) was worth doing (it's a right-to-left dihedral substantially to the right of the listed climbs that takes mostly #1 Camalots opening to #2s)--I would add it but don't have pics. Oct 27, 2009
Sparkling Spurs and Low Spark (1st pitch) both received new anchors in 2005 courtesy of Climbing Magazine's ARI program. Dec 4, 2006

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