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Routes in Monk's Hollow

Great outlook T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Gumby T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Horse Cock Tower T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Monk T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Rock And Roll Roadie S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Rumble Strip S 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Watch for falling rocks T,S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a X

Description

A bit of a drive from SLC or Provo, but the approach to the climbing is accomplished within seconds of parking the car. This little canyon is chock full of slender to blobby conglomerate free standing towers.

Some of the rock just might be as good as or dare I say better than Maple Canyon conglomerate? The area feels secluded despite its proximity to Highway #6 traffic noise and railroad noise. Not as intense as Echo Canyon noise pollution, and the rock seems better...on a selected basis, of course.

The local name for a prominent horse appendage names both the canyon and the first diminutive tower that one encounters. Not sure what other climbers who have visited Monk's Hollow are referring to it as.

Getting There

Traveling south in Spanish Fork Canyon, pass the turn off for Diamond Fork Canyon and continue south towards Price about 5 miles to an obvious side canyon with many conglomerate formations. Turn left onto an unimproved road off of Highway #6 and find a closed gate with a sign that marks "Monk's Hollow". Close the gate behind you as horses and cows need to stay behind the gate.

Drive perhaps 150m up the dirt road and park beside the formations.

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Tristan Higbee & I visited this canyon a bunch back when we were looking for some new ice routes (some good flows in a wet season {one really cool line behind an archway on the West side we called the Fargin Ice Hole}).
Tristan always called it Horse Cock Canyon. There IS some really good looking rock, but our experience was that it was never quite as good as you thought. Some of the back slot canyons might holds some good sport lines though.
The towers are a novelty (we did the FA {as far as we know} of the little Horse Cock Tower itself and drilled one bolt on lead and put one on the summit to get down.
We did find a sport route (no idea who bolted it) up one of the larger towers you can see from the road. It as a very obvious chimney on the left hand side between it and another tower. The line started off a ledge and left us feeling VERY exposed to the lose rock. Nearly every hold was loose and we released a TON of scary sized rocks. Aug 27, 2011

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