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5.10, Trad, 100 ft (30 m),  Avg: 2.5 from 2 votes
FA: Brownell/Barclay 10/07
Utah > S Central Utah > Capitol Reef > Cooks Mesa > Observatory
Access Issue: Permit Required Details


Deceptively mundane from the ground. This route has three sections with good rests between. Thrilling variety of crack technique, plus several key face and block features. Two good hand jams will get your feet off the ground, then right to fists and an offwidth mini-roof. This soon slopes back to a ledge rest before a steep corner section which again starts at good hands, but diminishes to 11/2" throug the crux transition onto big positive holds above. Another rest will refresh excitement for the final steepening ramp/corner towards a big pull onto the ridge-top block. Clambering up over this leads to anchors at a large platform. Phone home.


Left side of the main wall, between twin handcracks of "Red Rover, Red Rover" and the ominous 4"x90' "Olympus Mons"


Camalots: .75, 2x1, 2x2, 3, 4
3x1/2" bolt/shut anchor

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Jared Spaulding
Central WY
[Hide Comment] Good route, with a variety of climbing. I needed either to belay from the top or bring about 40' of webbing to extend the anchor over the lip in order to create a workable (rope drag free) top rope. Mar 28, 2012