Elevation: 6,316 ft
GPS: 40.62, -111.746 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Boissal . on Jun 22, 2009
Admins: Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, GRK, DCrane

Description

The east-facing Lonely Challenge Area sits near the top of the Standard Ridge area, easily seen as the smooth, high, and left facing wall when standing near the start of Stairs Gulch. A tight gully with full shade in the afternoon provides a comfortable hang. A nice escape from the crowds at the Challenge Buttress, with a selection of unique and long routes. After reaching the tall expanse of dark quartzite, one will encounter a handful of stunning routes, including a comfy sport warm up, a striking two pitch bolted face, old school classics with widely spaced gear, and a desperately smooth test piece.

Getting There

Make your way toward the west face of Challenge Buttress. If you are uninspired by the broken and short chalk-slobbered wall, head up the gully for the smooth beautiful face perched high above.

From Hollow Man, go up the main loose talus slope staying RIGHT in the larger and more consolidated talus, AVOIDING obvious worn switchbacks in the middle (slippery and sketchy scree). About halfway up the slope, at the gap between Strone Crag and Standard Ridge, there is a large pine that you can go around on its right. Switchbacks marked with cairns and logs start here and continue up to the wall. You'll pass a lone 2-bolt route. Don't stop, you're almost there! Another 100' and you’ll find the bolted lines on the lower wall: Watermelon Tetris, Broken Dreams, and Eternal Flow. Further up the gully is a huge chockstone that protects the access to the upper wall with Lone Man Running plus Zen and the Art. 20 minutes.

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