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Astro Elephant T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Boomers Story T 5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
Chasing the Dragon T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a A0
Direct Beckey T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Divine Guidance T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R
Fine Line, The T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Mojo T 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13
Mountaineer's Route T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Myopia T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Original Beckey T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Sideline T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Splittgerber-March Direct T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Sunrise Book T 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Thorn Bush, The T 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Trunkline T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Unknown T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Wafer of Woe T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Wendy T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Type: Trad, Alpine, 12 pitches, Grade IV
FA: FFA: Reid Dowdle, Paul Potters, Marc Deforeaux, 1986
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Shared By: Clint Cummins on Jul 20, 2007
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Description

Very attractive direct line up the center of the wall, with several nice 5.10 pitches and a single hard move.

Location

center of the SW face

Protection

standard rack
bheller
SL UT
bheller   SL UT
Hey b light- i had a similarly unforgettable day last time I climbed this route;) Just curious...did you know that usually on a rope V1= 11a and V3= 11c? Sep 23, 2015
b Light
Salt Lake City, Utah
b Light   Salt Lake City, Utah
My rating - 5.10+ C1.
Each pitch is basically 5.10+ (imho) w/many boulder problems and good rests in between.
Finger locks, stemming, laybacks and good hand jams make up the a majority of the climbing.
The bolts below the beckey tree are 50+ year old and rusted completely thru. They are not to be trusted.

Rack Beta (from a safe/cautious climber)
11 Slings (two 48" sling, the rest shoulder length)
15 slings if you are linking
Full Set of nuts (BD size 1-13)
BD X4 Small Cams (red, yellow)
1 each of Purple, red and yellow BD C3
Three largest BD offsets (.3/.4, .4/.5, .5/.75)
2 - .3
2 - .4
3 - .5
2 - .75
3 - #1
2 - #2
1 - #3, #4

I had a mix of new X4 and C4 cams in the .75-.3 size
We placed the #4 on 5 of the pitches.
Route is in the shade until 12:30 PM
13 Hours tent to tent.
Approx 11 Hours on the route.
6 Liters of water for 2 people.
Started climbing at 7 AM. Topped out at 5:45 PM
At the Becky Tree, head toward 2 O'clock. Follow up easy traversing towards a short dihedral (30 feet or so in the dihedral), then a crusier, low angle hand crack until you hit a big wall (almost a full rope length). From that wall, head hard right, overcoming a roof crack (short pitch). Belay up there to have your partner near in case of a fall. The final pitch takes and arching crack and then backs off to the summit.

Great route. It was a day that I will remember for the rest of my life. Such great friendship, views, belays and climbing. Sep 22, 2015
Kat A
Bart and Lisa Ville, CO
 
Kat A   Bart and Lisa Ville, CO
 
Clean rock in a beautiful environment, with sustained, fun and varied movement - finger cracks, delicate face moves, stemming, chimney climbing, off-width climbing... Wow! One of my all-time favorite routes.

A technical 5.11a first pitch is followed by many solid 5.10 pitches. I highly recommend taking the 5.11+ dihedral of the Original Becky route in lieu of the loose blocky P4 of Direct Becky.

Gear beta - Most of the hard climbing is on thin gear, though if you choose to take the off-width pitch leading to the Becky Tree (in lieu of the face climbing on old bolts), a #3 camalot and two #2 camalots placed far back in the crack protect it well. We took RPs, many stoppers, a purple alien, triples in blue-red alien sizes (nice to have, but you might be fine on doubles), and doubles up to #2 camalot plus a single #3 camalot. A #4 Friend can be used in many places, but if you're trying to go lighter, I'd suggest leaving it behind.

Generally speaking, the odd numbered pitches are technically harder than the even number pitches (the exception being the Original Becky dihedral variation for P4). FYI in case you're swapping leads and you and your partner climb at different levels.

We didn't link any pitches, and I didn't see the opportunity to do so. Since most of the climbing is sustained, the belay breaks were nice - esp. when on the nice ledges. The easier 5.8 pitch-8 wanders, so linking didn't seem feasible before or after it.

The route beta for final pitches after the Becky Tree is rather vague - left, up, or right variations... With the impending weather it felt quickest to traverse left after the Becky tree past smaller trees, then straight up a 5.7/5.8 crack system to the top (this required some simul climbing on a 70m rope or a belay inside a protected chimney). From here, you traverse left 30m or so across slabs on easier but exposed terrain, then walk towards the south-facing descent gully. Sep 3, 2015
Jessica T
seattle, wa
  5.11
Jessica T   seattle, wa
  5.11
Spooky blocks which we avoided by going up the beautiful original Beckey corner with some aid. Jul 13, 2014
kirkadirka
Boulder
 
kirkadirka   Boulder
 
We never found the loose flake described on the topo for pitch 2.

Stellar Line, better than the fine line. Jul 26, 2013
Phil Esra  
 
(If anyone finds a pair of Scarpa Technos, size 39.5, at the top, I wouldn't mind getting them back--sorry for the litter. Late August 2012.)

"In your face" indeed! Quite sustained. I found the fingers on p2 to be quite hard -- 11- in my book.

Way more classic, and much harder, than Fine Line, in my opinion.

Apparently most people traverse out right from the Beckey tree? We followed the topo straight up; if you do it this way, when in doubt, you should often trend left-ish. For the final pitch, you want the *second* gully/weakness on the left past the big chossy block at the base of the final headwall.

Lots of small to tiny gear. A single #2, and an optional single #3, should be plenty for most parties. Sep 6, 2012
Spencer Weiler
Salt Lake city
 
Spencer Weiler   Salt Lake city
 
Brilliant climbing. A few notes on each pitch:
1-Hard 11. Pull the roof and traverse to ledge is balancey and strenuous. Get stoked or yard.
2-fun liebacking up to short wide section. semi crappy belay
3-traverse right. hard thin moves above small nuts. cruxy. fun .5 jam crack to fat ledge.
4-wedged blocks. ridiculous climbing, some loose. take care not to kill your belayer. short ow section. #4 camalot handy but not necessary
5-great fingers section to lieback to chimney groove thing. longest pitch, super fun
6-best pitch of climb. chimney to crazy stems to roof jug pull on right. be ready for to clip piton over roof. short pitch
7-hard lieback straight up to fun double crack fingers and final roof pull to fat ledges.
Get on this one. You'll never do as many quality 5.10 pitches in a row outside serenity/sons Jul 25, 2012
Jeffrey Gagliano
Pennsburg, PA
Jeffrey Gagliano   Pennsburg, PA
Just climbed this two weeks ago. Lead every pitch. Incredible! After the first pitch (11b, IMO), the next 6 are solid & sustained 10 all the way. Only a few 9 moves here and there. Sep 13, 2011
Tim Wolfe
Salt Lake City, UT
  5.11b
Tim Wolfe   Salt Lake City, UT  
  5.11b
IN your face solid 5.10 the entire way with a pretty hard start pitch. The step over the first roof was balancy and hard. The rest of the route was classic old school 5.10 crack. Jul 2, 2011
drewford
Wasatch Back, UT
  5.11b
drewford   Wasatch Back, UT
  5.11b
Topo is a bit vague about the top pitches approaching the summit. When in doubt, head right. Aug 29, 2010
Monica Jones
Bishop, CA
 
Monica Jones   Bishop, CA
 
We did the first three pitches of the Direct into the 11+ corner on the Original Beckey and then rapped off. The corner is amazing and seemed easier than the grade suggests because there's lots of fixed gear and pins. Beautiful full on stembox the whole pitch, you don't even really touch the crack except for a few times. One of the coolest pitches of climbing I've ever done. Aug 19, 2010
but after the first pitch crux move, nothing but classic 5.10 all the way! my favorite route at the perch! Sep 16, 2008
bheller
SL UT
bheller   SL UT
Reid Dowdle rated this 5.11, that suggests 11b/c. To call it 11a would be a stout sandbag. Especially for the 11a leader. However, the crux can easily be surmounted by pulling on gear (french free Hoh,hoh,hoh!) Nov 27, 2007