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Big Nasty, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A4
Doric Column T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A2+
Off the Rails T A5
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Type: Trad, Aid, 340 ft, 5 pitches, Grade IV
FA: Bill Forrest, George Hurley, with Rod Chuck on the lower leads(1969)
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Shared By: Ben Kiessel on Nov 8, 2006
Admins: slim, Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

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Access Issue: RAIN, WET ROCK and RAPTOR CLOSURES: The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Also please ask and be aware of Raptor Closures in areas such as CAT WALL and RESERVOIR WALL in Indian Creek Details


Pitch 1:Climb mixed free and aid up and left to a bolt(Crux). Continue to aid up and left to an anchor, on the right edge of the chimney.(5.8, A2+)
Pitch 2:Climb a old bolt ladder to an anchor in the chimney.(C1)
Pitch 3:Continue up bolts to 5.8 free on mud, below a roof. Aid the right side on a "expanding flake"(I did not notice it expand) to an anchor.(5.8, A2)
Pitch 4:Climb mixed free and aid up chimney and over bulge to good ledge out of chimney. There were sections of runouts on this pitch.(5.8, C1)
Pitch 5:Easy free climbing up crack leads to the summit.

Descent:Rap route

Note:I combined pitches 3 and 4, the rope drag was bad. I would suggest combining pitches 2 and 3.

Also this route is supposed to go free at 5.11.


The route starts on the up hill side of the Doric Column, on a mound of dirt. The first bolt is obvious up and left of the start.


Standard desert rack, plus some angles, and a few wide cams for pitch 4.


Mr T
5.11 C0
Mr T  
5.11 C0
This route goes free at around 5.11. No aid needed, although pins are useful for protection. Old bolts are garbage. I placed two new bolts on lead.

Tried to change the rating but MP doesn't allow me to get rid of aid status……. Apr 27, 2014
It still looks as scary as it did when I accompanied George and Bill almost 50 years ago! I have a series of pictures I took should anyone be interested. Mar 28, 2018
Rod please share your photos. I for one would love to see them! Mar 28, 2018

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