Elevation: 5,106 ft
GPS: 43.6, -111.642 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Jaren Watson on Jul 6, 2012
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Description

A southwest facing basalt crag above the South Fork of the Snake River, Pointless saw development in the fall of 2011 by Dean and Heather Lords. With help from a few other locals, Dean put up a handful of short, fun routes. During the spring of 2012, Dean and Heather were at it again, quickly establishing about 10 additional lines. Routes at Pointless are remarkably varied. From short, obvious and moderate to long, deceptive and challenging, there is something for everyone. The rock has naturally cleaned up after a season of climbing and will continue to do so. However, the sudden removal of large blocks is still an issue so climbers and particularly belayers, be smart and don't stand in the fall zone.
Like the other areas nearby, one should always keep an eye out for rattlesnakes.
Park only in established parking and please pick up any trash, yours or otherwise.
A stick-clip is very handy for many of the routes here.
PLEASE NOTE: THE SAME ETIQUETTE THAT APPLIES ELSEWHERE APPLIES HERE. DO NOT TOP ROPE ON ANCHORS. I'VE SEEN A NUMBER OF NEW PARTIES TO THE AREA TAKING LAPS ON THE FIXED ANCHORS. PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE OF THE TIME, EFFORT, AND MONEY SPENT IN DEVELOPING OUR LOCAL CLIMBING AREAS. MINIMIZE WEAR AND TEAR BY TOP ROPING ON YOUR OWN GEAR. ONLY THE LAST CLIMBER OF THE GROUP SHOULD CLIMB OR LOWER ON ANCHORS.
THANK YOU FOR TAKING CARE OF OUR CRAG!

Getting There

Take the River Road (first right after Heise Rock) and follow it past Stinking Springs and Wolf Flats. Pointless is about a quarter mile past Wolf Flats.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Pointless Crag

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 39
Team Trailer
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 31
Hungry Eyes
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 24
Head on a Silver Platypus
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 31
The Bicycle Thief
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 25
11 O'clock
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 11
4-Alarm Fire
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 16
Stingray
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 20
Sleepwalker
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 21
Goat Meal
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 18
Orbit
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 23
What's the Point?
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 9
Black Bear
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 13
Black Betty
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 9
Hustle and Flow
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Team Trailer
 39
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Hungry Eyes
 31
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Head on a Silver Platypus
 24
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
The Bicycle Thief
 31
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
11 O'clock
 25
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
4-Alarm Fire
 11
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Stingray
 16
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Sleepwalker
 20
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Goat Meal
 21
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Orbit
 18
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
What's the Point?
 23
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Black Bear
 9
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Black Betty
 13
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Hustle and Flow
 9
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
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Sam Tobler
Little Rock, AR
Sam Tobler   Little Rock, AR
FYI: the top of the cliff is part of the Stinking Springs closure between November 15th till April 30th. So, during that time, hiking to the top to set top ropes is illegal and top ropes can only be set on lead. Climb on and let’s keep access open! Mar 12, 2018
Fantastic crag. Steep, pumpy, great movement on solid rock. The bolting is really well done. Spectacular setting with the snake river flowing nearby. The route developers have done a great job here. There is still a ton of potential to ad more routes which I’m sure will occur. With its West facing direction one can avoid the heat of the day with an early start. Apr 22, 2018
Roger Stone
Rigby, ID
Roger Stone   Rigby, ID
Not sure what “Do not top rope on anchors” means. I though the whole point of the two bolts at the top are to top rope with either two of your own carabiners or quick draws. Does it mean do not put your top rope directly through the bolted clips with no carabiner? Sorry for my ignorance. Jul 5, 2018
Owen Witesman
Springville, UT
Owen Witesman   Springville, UT
Roger, that is exactly what it means. Only run the rope through your own gear on TR. Aug 6, 2018