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Bear Necessities S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Chief Running Bush T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Chutes and Daggers S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Congolese Crescendo T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Forbidden Coast Line T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Gabonese Grin T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Hear No Evil T 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Me Tarzan T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Monkey Sea Foam S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Monkey Shoulder T,S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
One Degree of Separation S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Scapular Arete T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
See No Evil S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
She Jane S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Simeon Smile S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Source of de Nile, The T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Swinging From Limbs T 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Swinging on Webs S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Touch No Evil T,S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Zoo Keeper T,S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Elevation: 10,400 ft
GPS: 37.754, -111.871 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Roy Suggett on May 29, 2012
Admins: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

Description

This is a remote and shady area extending beyond the "Lower Jungle" and the demarcation of the interface is the "Authors Tower" and "Ishmael's Tower." "Authors Tower" forms a tunnel over the trail and has many routes on it, eg. "Rudyard Kipling." This area is broken into two sub-walls: the "Commuter's Wall" characterized by shorter routes and the "Village Wall" with longer routes. These areas are separated at the route known as "The Bare Necessities," at this point the trail drops quickly and the cliff band dramatically increases in height.

Getting There

There are three "new" trails into this area. You can use the existing trail in the "Lower Jungle" which once ran as far as the "Towers Section" and the last tower "Ismaels Tower" but now has been extended north for about 4km. This trail leads you along a wall with a few new possible routes, albeit 40 to 60 footers and is known as the "Commuter Wall." The trail then drops abruptly exposing what gave this old cragger a "pay dirt" moment! From the drop and arching first north then northeast are a remarkable band of tall faces on quality rock. There are sport and trad routes to be developed here, many of which will require two pitches and stout first ascentionists! The wall, now being known as the "Village Wall" goes on for at least another kilometer. The other trails lead down from new campsites above and northwest of the "Jungle." There is a cairns marking the campsites near and south of where the road changes from gravel to saw dust and flags marking the trails (see topo on cover page). These are mountaineer's trails to be sure! There are fixed hardware and ropes to assist, though no rapping is required. The southern trail dumps you out closer to the "Commuter Wall" and the northern trail puts you closer to the "Village Wall"(see topo below). The last trail down can be located by finding the old over grown logging road east of the main road and before the east side cell tower. Just south of a large debris pile from logging, the old road leads east to the edge. Look for a cairned chimney. It takes no ropes (there are fixed pieces of iron set inside the chute to assist) and about 5 minutes to climb through (5.6ish) dropping you right on the trail (near the 5.9, Zoo Keeper) and at the end of the "Village Wall" near the beginning of "The Planet of the Apes Area." This would save you about 30 min.s of walking at the base of the cliffs through the "Lower Jungle", and first parts of "The Distant Drum Area" (see topo below). It is fast but not for dogs or the faint of heart!

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Classic Climbing Routes at Distant Drum

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Simeon Smile
Sport, Alpine
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Zoo Keeper
Trad, Sport, Alpine
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Monkey Sea Foam
Sport, Alpine
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Monkey Shoulder
Trad, Sport, Alpine
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
The Source of de Nile
Trad, Alpine
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Chutes and Daggers
Sport, Alpine
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
She Jane
Sport, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Simeon Smile 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, Alpine
Zoo Keeper 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport, Alpine
Monkey Sea Foam 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport, Alpine
Monkey Shoulder 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Sport, Alpine
The Source of de Nile 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine
Chutes and Daggers 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport, Alpine
She Jane 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, Alpine
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