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Areas in Jungle, on the Aquarius Plateau

Banshee Wall 12 / 11 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 23 / 23
Dark Continent Area, The 9 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14 / 14
Distant Drum 12 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 20 / 20
Flying Raptor's Area 8 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15 / 15
Jungle Grotto 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 5
Lower Jungle 22 / 33 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 50 / 50
Pandora 6 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 7
Pangaea 7 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9 / 9
Planet of the Apes, The 7 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8 / 8
Research Station, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Shangri La 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 7
Upper Canopy 4 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8 / 8
Upper Jungle 15 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 19 / 19
Elevation: 10,400 ft
GPS: 37.742, -111.87 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 82,146 total · 756/month
Shared By: Roy Suggett on Jul 20, 2009
Admins: Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq
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Description [Suggest Change]

This is sharply-broken volcanic rock from the late Tertiary (an Osiris Tuff) forming two bands of cliffs, the south or left of the road, the Banshee Wall, Pandora, the Flying Raptor's Area, Upper Canopy Area, and the Upper Jungle. North or right of the road areas are the Lower Jungle, Distant Drum, Planet of the Apes, Pangaea, and The Dark Continent Area (not reachable by the trail but by the road above). There are many excellent, long cracks to be developed. There is also a lot potential for bolted sport routes. As of Sep. 2017, there are well over one hundred eighty routes ranging from 6s to 13s with at least one route at every grade in that range and a few multi-pitch routes as well as a few towers (Kong, Authors, Togo with a register, Dinka, and Kestrel). For those of you wishing to boulder, there is a small bouldering area known as the "Jungle Grotto" down near Pine Lake. These boulders are composed of different and softer but doable rock.

This is an alpine setting (10,400 ft.) and one of the highest (drive up to) crags in the country. Thunder storms can come and go quickly especially in late July and August. The north band of cliffs have two towers, Authors and Jared Diamond, that can provide shelter from the storm. Lighting strikes on the upper reaches of the cliffs can bring rocks down. The closest hospital is in Panguitch 50 minutes distant. The Tropic First Responders have been briefed on the area and a 911 call can be made from the parking areas. Give them the area and route you need help on to speed (1.5 hr.s) the stokes stretcher to you.

CAMPING: Can be had in a civilized manner, "pool and restaurant," at a KOA in Cannonville (1 hour, 10 minutes) or at Ruby's Inn (50 minutes). Otherwise, this area is USFS controlled and there is a primitive campground near Pine Lake or many off-road options right near the crag are available (see topo below).

FOOD: Can best be purchased at Ruby's Inn: there's a grocery store, and - BONUS - a full range buffet in the restaurant.

SPIRITS: Are hard to come by in the "Empire of Utah"... There is a full State liquor store in Panguitch (1 hour, 30 minutes), or a limited State liquor store at Ruby's. Beer here is "near beer" so come prepared, stock up before you cross the state line.

OTHER THINGS TO DO: Just down the road 1.9 miles is a 4 mile jeep trail that finishes as one mile of single track and a non-technical but great views mountain bike ride...about 10 miles in and out. Very nice! Also, father down and behind Pine Lake is the Henderson Canyon ride that will take you to the town of Tropic. About 10 miles of single track to dirt road that lasts for about 5 miles. A super trail in the upper section! This can be shuttled to skip the road. The fishing at Pine Lake is not bad but higher up, above the Jungle, are many small lakes thick with trout (mostly Brook, though a splattering of other species can also be caught). For those of us into fossils, you need not go far! Between the Powell Point Rd. and the small grassy meadow on the south side of the rd. just before you get to the crag you can see washed and smooth cobbles. Walk to the edge (east) and you can find 330 million year old invertebrate fossils such as sponges, bivalves, brachiopods, and corals to name but a few. These washed here interestingly from other cragging areas such as the Virgin River Gorge and Ibex many years earlier when those areas were higher and the Jungle was lower.

BOULDERING: Check out the "Jungle Grotto" but DO NOT MISS the lines under "Jared Diamond Tower" found in the "Distant Drum Area". There are many FAs to be had in both areas!

NOTABLE FLORA AND FAUNA: Subalpine Firs and Bristlecone Pines (a.k.a. Foxtail Pines locally) as well as Black Bears, Mountain Lions, Mule Deer, Elk, Marmots, Pikas, Black Rosy Finches, Magnificent Hummingbirds, Blue (Dusky) Grouse, Swifts, many species of Owls, most of the raptors, including the Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, California Condor and the Peregrine Falcon to name but a few.

ROCK QUALITY: There are some really great quality rock sections to this crag and some loose parts, as well. Be advised of the possibility of rock fall from high up. Blocks have weathered away from the main material (temperatures can range between 90 degrees F. and -60 degrees F.) and precariously await their transition from potential to kinetic energy.

Interestingly, there was a debate regarding the exact origin of the material we climb. Some believed the crags were formed by volcanic ash dropping out of the sky over a long period of time; a caldera many miles away being the source of the activity. Others suggest the volcanism to be local and that this is a lava flow or perhaps an old plug. Recently Dr. Jessica Ball, a volcanologist has given the definitive answer.

Cutting a cross-section and using a microscope to examine the pattern and composition of crystals has yet to be done. However, Dr. Ball found that the nicely formed hexagonal biotites which are easily seen were the tell. She believes that about 23 million years ago a violent pyroclastic eruption occurred from what is now called Monroe Peak some 50 miles north. This eruption sent "dense flowing ash" across the area in layer after layer. So, this densely-welded ash flow tuff is in fact what we are climbing. Examining the best visual display of geology on site can be done in the Lower Jungle on the north-facing route called "Knuckle Draggers Needed." There's at least 6 to 7 layers exposed and there is a paper, if not a thesis or dissertation here or down in "Pangaea" where a "hackle" has attracted much attention (see photos).

The area was once thought to be composed of Rhyolite, then Dacite, and then Andesite. With more time and research a more precise igneous definition has evolved. We are now referring to the material we climb as a densely-welded ash flow tuff or Osiris Trachyte. A visual/hand lens inspection seems to reveal abundant biotite hexagons, quartz, sanidine, and amphibole. In any event, there is good climbing to be had.

ROUTES: Due to the nature of the rock, bolt placements may not always coincide with your views. Judicious placements have been set, with safety being the primary concern. What may appear to be a perfect, sheer face, may actually bear a hollow, brittle base. Among the many things that are considered while setting, the "hammer-hollow" test has been determined as the most measurable way to rule out poor rock quality. While climbing please understand that routes may not follow a direct path and anchors may be placed prior to the top of a crag, all of which keeps everybody safer. Route setters should use camouflaged hangers, chains or shuts, and 3/8th" X 3" bolts seem to work best though occasionally we use the 3.5" long for the lesser quality rock. EDIT: As you may well be aware, bolts, hangers, and how they are placed are all undergoing a metamorphosis. So stainless and 1/2" may be all you can find these days. In any event, avoid mixing bolt/hanger metals. Three to four inch depth is still plenty for the vast majority of rock here and some really good sections can go shorter.

ETHICS: My once conservative purest standard has softened. The Jungle and my old age have schooled me. There are a few lines here with bolts and cracks side by side. In the beginning we would pick the best clean trad lines. No problems here going ground up. Then we also saw good trad lines that would need cleaning. Sometimes we found that the material in the cracks was endless and deceptively unstable. After scouring out a place for a couple of pieces, we would stand on aid and do more crack cleaning only to have our pro move or fail in the yet to be reached good rock. So then came a bolt to complete the ground up cleaning and hopes that the face to the left or right would work out into a sport alternative. Or, we thought the crack would never clean up and remain unsafe and the face moves were promising and nearby. After a fall with the drill and a small hole in my shoulder I have concluded the following: 1) Due to the extreme weathering that goes on here some routes are best set from the top down. Clean the line, establish the solid stances, mark out the clips remembering those shorter folks, and place bolts based on how good the rock is on this particular line. This also keeps your belayer happy. Many belays are from a narrow trail with few to no options for protection while the leader is cleaning on a ground up campaign. There are some very large blocks that often need removing. This type of top down plotting identifies future weathering issues and establishes a safe and lasting route. 2) If the line is clean and on good rock to begin with, set it from the bottom up using camouflaged hardware. The locals love to site-in the new scope on the bright and shiny hangers. Also, please avoid crowding routes together here. There is so much rock here that one need not look far to find an isolated spot for an awesome new route. So before judging a line with a crack and a bolt, know how much cleaning work sometimes had to go into getting the route climbable. Avoid my mistakes by just doing the work from the top down and create a durable, safe route without bolts and cracks together.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS: Stay on trail, leave clean campsites with well doused fire pits, crags without any trash or shit, drive only on roads, double tracks, and please do not forge into a new spot in the forest. Continued access depends on you!

WEATHER: Thunderstorms can be a problem but the rock dries out fast... not so much the road. If windy head deep into the "Lower Jungle" or even further into the "Distant Drum Area" and you can climb in calm albeit with the trees screaming above. There is more shade in the morning in the Upper Jungle, Upper Canopy, and Flying Raptor's Areas though by 11:00+ am or so it grows hot... move into the north facing routes in the "Lower Jungle" or "Distant Drum Area" or even further into the "Planet of the Apes or Pangaea Areas" where many fine routes can be found in shade or soon to become shady. These areas are the the most protected from the sun. The fall season may be the most pristine time to climb here and can last late into October and in 2012 we were climbing in early November.

WHAT TO BRING: In terms of gear, a set of small to medium wires, at least a set of double 00 Metolious through BD 5s and perhaps one 6. Also, BD 4s are needed in threes on some of the classics. Bring four shoulder length and two five ft. runners along with a dozen QDs. Always have a light weight rain jacket and perhaps rain pants along. Speaking of clothing, shorts are a mistake! Long pants in any color but black (the flies here LOVE black) with a high top approach boot is recommended. Firewood is not a problem but thunderstorms are, so, bring the rain fly. Water is around in creeks on the drive up or in the Pine Lake Campground. Please bring a shovel to bury your shit! Wear a helmet unless you are really confident and 60 meter ropes (fat ropes are safer due to the sharp edges) will suffice on almost all of the routes. When you get back home please leave comments and ratings on what you did.

ROAD CONDITIONS: On occasions a flash flood will take out the road just above the Pine Lake Campground. There is a back way in. Take the forest service road out of Widtsoe then make a sharp right at the BIG intersection back to the Jungle and "drop in." High clearance!

SHORT CUTS: To more quickly access some of those newer quality routes established far out in the Distant Drum Area or even farther out into the expansive Planet of the Apes Area, and Pangaea Areas, check the beta photos on those area's cover pages. Here you find mentioned a down chute at the interface between two of these remote Areas. Though not dog friendly, it is an easy (5.4) way to reach the trail below where many terrific new lines are within a short walk. The chute should be approached as having the possibility of rockfall. Therefore, use the hardware provided on the walls and avoid the loose floor. Travel down in pairs staying close together making sure nobody else is in the bowling rock-ball funnel. Between the small/old cell tower on the east side of the road and the parking spot for the Dark Continent Area is a wood cairn marking a small double tract that leads east to a campsite and another down. There is a short zip line from a tree to an anchor on the face of an attached tower. Here two 60 meter ropes gets you to the end of Pangaea. You can take your pack down and stash it in the many overhanging dry areas making the exit and next day approach even more enjoyable. Or, if you are worried about food smells attracting vermin and/or bears, hang the pack off any one of the many routes lower bolts. In the frontier between the Lower Jungle and the Distant Drum Area Authors Tower is a great option for saving effort. Boulder up the overhanging crack and place a high piece then lower down. Haul up your packs and tie them off. The Tower keeps the weather off and the roosting owls high up will keep the rodents away. Then further down in the Planet of the Apes there are caves to do the same. In the Pangaea Area a good option is to hang packs behind Dark Tower. People are not expected to be an issue here.

When arriving at a chain anchor, rather than untieing, threading, and retieing simply open the quick link and put your rope through. With as few climbers visiting the Jungle, this will be fine. If you are working your line then use your own gear. Always have a 3/8th quick-link to replace the seldom seen worn hardware.

If you worry about the rain drops falling from the cloud symbols above...well...don't. Set a good tent with a rain fly, stash some near by fire fuel under a tree and leave early in the morning to climb. A shower may show up around noon and most likely be gone by 2:30 pm. Then climb as long as you like. There are seven campsites complete with fire rings, sitting stumps, and tent sites very near the crag for quick weather exits.

TIPS: Bring Boots! Flip flops, tinny-shoes, low rise approach shoes, etc.
all are inferior to boots here! Shorts are also a mistake. Forget bringing wood...plenty on site. Hard to find campsites in the dark. Start climbing a grade or so lower than normal to better get a feel for the rock and our take on grades. Many anchors have a chain with a quick-link at the apex. Rather than untieing, just unscrew the link and slip the rope in, then tighten and this stage with so few people, no worries on wear. Do not rely on an internet map which may direct you northerners to come in the back way as a more direct route...this option is for emergencies only and will screw you. Follow my directions through Pine Lake.

NEW CONCERNS: There seems to be a trend for drug organizations from south of the border to send a few overworked, under paid and armed individuals to tap a local spring and start a "garden". Do not approach! Call 911 and get the hell out of there!

GIFTS?: If you happen to have some old climbing rope taking up space, then feel free to leave them under Jared Diamond Tower. We could use these for some fixed lines in the down chutes. We would also like to stash a "Stokes" stretcher in there for possible emergencies if anyone has access to one of those. Heck, we could also put to good use lengths of #30 chain, and of course 3/8th quick links as well as any other hardware you might like to donate such as giant "U" bolts for the via ferratas. Your call, Thanks.

Getting There [Suggest Change]

If you are coming from the north or east and Goggle Maps or some such BS directs you another way in, like to Widsoe, (this is the emergency exit) then you are making a mistake! Follow the directions below from which ever direction you travel from. You SLC craggers might consider this route down. I think it is the fastest as well as the most scenic. Take 15 south to Scipo. Then 50 to 260 toward Aurora (a speed trap). South of town there is a fork in the road. No matter what the sign says, go right on the unsigned Interchange Rd. that takes you directly to HW70. South here to HW89 and through Panguitch. Otherwise, everyone should take UT Highway 12 toward Bryce Canyon National Park; at BCNP junction, turn northeast onto Highway 22 (toward Antimony and note the unreasonable but enforced speed limit of 40mph); turn southeast onto Forest Service road 132 toward Pine Lake for 5.2 miles; continue past first exit toward Pine Lake and look for a LEFT TURN to Powell Point, (if you go straight you end up in the campground); soon you will see a great deal of white rocks, otherwise known as limestone indicating this alpine setting was once a seabed, continue on this road (132) for 5.9 miles until Powell Point jeep trail on right(143); Go PAST this jeep trail, setting odometer again and travel 1.9 miles, again, passing Powell Point jeep trail and PAST THE UPPER JUNGLE SCREE FIELD (looks like a single-car pullout on a hairpin turn) to the "Lower Jungle" et al. parking areas on right, or around the corner and up the road 100 meters to the "Upper Jungle" and "Upper Canopy" parking area where the approach trail leads DOWN to the climbs base trail (well marked). Just up through the switchbacks are the parking areas for the distant Upper Canopy lines and the Flying Raptors Area. Short approaches can be found at these parking areas to: 1) Lower Jungle, Distant Drum and depending on your athleticism, the Planet of the Apes Area and even farther to Pangaea from the northern/lower parking location and 2) from the southern/upper parking area to the Upper Jungle and some of the Upper Canopy areas. Although the more northerly areas, i.e. the northern part of the Distant Drum Area, the Planet of the Apes Area and to be sure, Pangaea and The Dark Continent Areas have shorter approaches from above on the plateau (see topos and descriptions within each area). Pandora and The Banshee Wall both require a little longer drive past the parking area for the Dark Continent Area. See topos on the areas cover pages.  Click Topo key below pic.

Jungle Topo & Key

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Classic Climbing Routes at Jungle, on the Aquarius Plateau

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Primordial Lichen Soup
Trad, Alpine
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Climbers in the Mist
Trad, Alpine
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Dr. Zaius
Trad, Alpine
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Cannibalistic Tendencies
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
The Ascent of Man
Trad, Alpine
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Shere Khan
Trad, Sport, Alpine
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Gorillas in the Crack
Trad, Alpine
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
Sport, Alpine 2 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Java Man
Sport, Alpine
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Jabu and The Lion.
Sport, Alpine
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Heart of Darkness
Trad, Sport, Alpine
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Chutes and Daggers
Sport, Alpine
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Trad, Sport, Alpine
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
She Jane
Sport, Alpine
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Bad Baboon With Small Hands
Sport, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Primordial Lichen Soup Pangaea
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Alpine
Climbers in the Mist Upper Jungle
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine
Dr. Zaius Planet of the Apes
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine
Cannibalistic Tendencies Shangri La
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
The Ascent of Man Flying Raptor's Area
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Alpine
Shere Khan Lower Jungle
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, Sport, Alpine
Gorillas in the Crack Upper Jungle
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine
Oranguterror Lower Jungle
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13 Sport, Alpine 2 pitches
Java Man Lower Jungle
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, Alpine
Jabu and The Lion. Dark Continent Area
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, Alpine
Heart of Darkness Dark Continent Area
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Sport, Alpine
Chutes and Daggers Distant Drum
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport, Alpine
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Lower Jungle
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, Sport, Alpine
She Jane Distant Drum
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, Alpine
Bad Baboon With Small Hands Upper Canopy
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, Alpine
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The Jungle rocks! Approach from parking area is short and sweet, rock quality is excellent, and the routes are superb - well deserving of those stars on the ratings. This place is a gem, well worth going out of your way to investigate. Beautiful setting, no crowds, some terrific established routes and the potential to put up additional ones. Be kind to this place, it deserves it! Feb 13, 2011
which way do the cliffs face? do they get alot of shade in the summer?
will a 2 wheel drive get in there anytime soon?

cheers Jun 23, 2011
Check out the satellite image on this web site for crag directionals. The Lower Jungle and Distant Drum areas are always cooler and provide a great deal of shade. The Planet of the Apes is north facing for the first few routes and very tree covered near the middle. The Dark Continent has many north facing routes. Jun 24, 2011
I really enjoyed this gem of an area, with fun and quality routes of many grades, great views and camping. The grades are pretty right on. New routes going up as I write. Check it out! Wear your helmet! Thanks Roy! Onsight on you crazy monkeys... Jul 6, 2011
Salt Lake City, Utah
BobGray   Salt Lake City, Utah
Rock quality is awesome? Rhyolite, the crumbly version of Basalt.......... Feb 29, 2012
Small Lake, UT
Boissal   Small Lake, UT
I found the rock to be more friendly than basalt... none of that razor-sharp tip-destroying nonsense. As for the crumbling, well, it makes for interesting climbing. I'll tip-toe lightly at the Jungle vs. pull on greasy jugs anytime. Feb 29, 2012
Yep! The quality varies. Ross states the rock is "perfect" on his route "Dr. Livingstone I Presume" and I put up a route called "Flaky Chimp" that is...well...crumbly, but still good enough to have fun on. On another one of the better climbs, "Missing Link," the first twelve feet or so is a little loose and then becomes really good for the next seventy feet! The jams at the top are solid, smooth, perfect hands to exit. Pick and choose your climbs here and you can find some great routes with really quality rock. Mar 5, 2012
Rhyolite is the crumbly version of basalt??? No! Rhyolite is an extrusive igneous rock, same as basalt - the difference between them is that rhyolite has high silica content, basalt has low silica. The significance of this for "crumbliness"? Zero. Rhyolite, in fact, is the extrusive counterpart (same mineralogic makeup) as granite. Of course, the degree of weathering - that can vary in any rock type and between and within climbing areas. You can find places (northern Rockies, Sierras, etc. - not the Jungle) where there is deteriorated weathered granite that is so crumbly it falls apart when you grab it - does that mean granite is crap? Obviously not - you have to look at the individual situation. And the comments from people who have been to the Jungle (including me) are that the rock is pretty darn nice!

Sorry to belabor the geology, I wanted to clear up the unconstructive comment from someone who has clearly never been there.
Look, if you don't like the rock quality at the Jungle, you better stick to climbing on plastic. Mar 15, 2012
Salt Lake City, Utah
BobGray   Salt Lake City, Utah
Never been there huh?…

I stand by my statement, I've never spent so many hours cleaning a single route. After 10 hours of hammering I still didn't feel the route was clean. There are some areas of the jungle that have less than stellar rock, but other areas are solid. It's OK, people will still visit this area and enjoy themselves immensely. Mar 17, 2012
Stan Pitcher
Stan Pitcher   SLC, UT
Thanks for all your hard work Roy! We really enjoyed our visit there and it was great to meet you and your wife! May 22, 2012
A BIG thank you to Roy Suggett for all the hard work that went into the creation of such a fine climbing area. We really enjoyed the both the trad, and sport climbs we did at the upper, and lower Jungle. After climbing we hiked to Powell Point, which was beautiful, and even spent some time camping & kayaking at Pine Lake. It made our weekend trip to your neck of the woods very worthwhile. Great memories- Thanks again! May 31, 2012
Big Kudos to Roy and his fantastic little hidden world! We had a great time enjoying the Jungle this past week. Thanks Roy for the Subaru guidance on the descent of Barney Top! Wouldn't have done it without you! Can't wait to come back again, keep up the great work! Jul 9, 2012
hey anyone know what the conditions are up at the Jungle right now? hoping to check it out this weekend if it seems reasonable.

cheers Jun 11, 2013
"temperatures can and do regularly range between 90 degrees F. and -60 degrees F."

Really? regularly -60F? Jun 17, 2013
Yep! Just two years ago Bryce Canyon National Park at less than 8000 ft. recorded a -35 F. And the cell towers also confirm these extreme temp.s which are nearer the Jungle. Using common sense and a broad, long range time frame for geology, which was the focus of my point, if a -60 F. happens once a decade, well that's pretty regular for a rock. But I will change the word to "can" if that helps.

PS 12/6/13 nearby Panguitch (4400 ft. lower) recorded a -36 F. Jun 19, 2013
I don't see this rock as rhyolite. It appears to me more as a dacite and andesite mix. The rotten stuff with big crystals that is found at the base of the Jungle cliffs seems to be dacite. The more solid and fine-grained rock in the middle and top looks like andesite with a weathered patina on the surface.

I collected a couple of samples and will query my geologist colleagues for confirmation. Jun 28, 2013
I agree. Read above under "Rock Quality" Jun 29, 2013
This is an exceptionally user-friendly area. Trails are well-groomed and cairned and the protection is generally excellent for both sport and trad climbs. Were it closer to an urban area, the Jungle would be very popular. It is quite similar in character to the Uintas, but much less crowded and with poorer-quality rock. Jul 1, 2013
Tucson, AZ
JMo   Tucson, AZ
Bravo to Roy for his labor of love, creating this truly special place... Big climbs. Scary climbs. Bolted gentle climbs or hair raising routes, whatever floats your boat, it is here, up high in the sky. Be sure to walk lower jungle all the way through distant drum. Marvel at king kong. Just seeing that line made my palms sweat! Thanks Roy et al. Jul 28, 2013
I was here early on (Roy and I set up Climbers in the Mist). And now I've just returned from a three day adventure here with wife, Roy, and Phyllis. I can hardly believe there are almost 100 routes now. Aug 9, 2013
Small Lake, UT
Boissal   Small Lake, UT
The picture of the pillar in Slovakia looks a lot like a mossy Jungle. I'd say your assessment of the rock's nature is spot on. Jun 3, 2014
moab, utah
jakobi   moab, utah
My girlfriend and I were fortunate to get a personal tour of the Jungle by Roy and Phyllis Suggett this week. The work they've put into developing a great crag for others to enjoy is incredible and I'd like to say thanks for their effort and that of all the others that have contributed to what is one of my new favorite crags. Jun 26, 2014
Jerome Sharpe
Wanship, UT
Jerome Sharpe   Wanship, UT
Roy--Safe to assume that what's on MP is the only guide available? Thanks Dec 17, 2014
I am conflicted about a guide. I want to make it easy for those who venture up but also want to be "green" and not print something that will need to be updated many times in the near future. The phone app from "Rakkup" may be a solution but it is still awkward to set up. With only 170+ routes in the Jungle, perhaps it should wait? Jan 7, 2015
justa beater
sandy utah
justa beater   sandy utah
Hey Roy what would you think about the weather around the middle of may...still sketchy, should I wait till later in the season? Got a good sized group that wants to go down, some have kids, dogs ect... just don't want to get all the way there only to find out the weather is crappy, any info would be appreciated Apr 21, 2015
Southern Nevada
JMaret   Southern Nevada
Just got back from the Jungle, brought some students to there to teach lead climbing. We hit, Pangea, Lower Jungle, Distant Drums, and Flying Raptors Area (thanks for the suggestion Roy), all awesome! Great areas with a few good moderates but it really shines if you are a 5.10 and up climber. I will definitely be back. Jul 17, 2015
Some kind soul(s) built a new campsite at the hair pin turn "under" the Upper Jungle walls and talus. Thanks. Also, some folks left a clean camp complete with fire wood and beer down near where I often reside. Again, thank you. I look forward to trying the Moab micro brew.

(edit 8/16/16) Some ass tore down the exquisite rock work (see comment above) forming a wind break and built in oven/fire place that formed a beautiful arch and was well designed. USFS? Why? Jul 23, 2016
Has anyone climbing at the Jungle recently noted smoke affects from the Brian Head fire? Jun 28, 2017
Tom Thomas
Tom Thomas   Pittsburgh
I found this place to be a quite little gem with a little of everything. Great climbing no crowds and a ton of fun..If you are in the area it's a must do.. Sep 10, 2017
The road to all areas of the Jungle is now doable by all except perhaps a low slung mini copper. The roads just prior reaching the individual areas are a bit rough, but the majority of driving below that is a snap. Many now have been up and enjoying the cool temp.s and bright yellow-green leaves as they emigre from the aspens. Jun 5, 2018
As of June 1, Garfield County forbids open fires of any kind on public lands. Bring your stoves to the J. Jun 7, 2018

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