REI Community

Member Since: Apr 27, 2006
Last Visit: Jan 17, 2018
Contact Ari Menitove

Point Rank: # 5,168
Total Points: 120

10 Compliments
How do you get points?
Areas = 15
Routes = 10
Photos = 5
Approach Trails = 4
Page Improvements = 3

Where has Ari Menitove been climbing?


All 40 | Routes 7 | Areas 1 | Approach Trails | Photos 7 | Page Improvements | Comments 8 | Posts 4 | Stars 13 | Ratings

Contributed Comments


Location: Idaho > Central Idaho > The Sawtooth Range > The Elephant's Perch > Boomers Story (5.13-)
By: Ari Menitove When: Nov 10, 2014

view comment >>
Comments: Wasn't sure where to add this information, but I just wanted to give a tip of the hat to some folks who helped out with freeing this route but weren't there for the FFA. First, Brad Heller was the guy with the vision to try and free this line in the first place. And Jason Klophaus was there on another attempt when it almost went free. Thanks, guys! -Ari M.

Location: Utah > Wasatch Range > Lone Peak Cirque > Summit Wall > The Wonderette (5.12)
By: Ari Menitove When: Sep 11, 2012

view comment >>
Comments: Psyched on this route and even more so for others to try it out.

I'm thinking of adding a bolt after the 5.12 crux (5.9 R-ish) and right below the summit (5.7R), and would welcome feedback about whether this would improve the experience.


Ari Menitove

Location: Utah > Wasatch Range > Bell's Canyon > West Bell Tower > Ring That Bell (5.13b R)
By: Ari Menitove When: Nov 12, 2010

view comment >>
Comments: I got to toprope this route a few times while Brad was working it. While I didn't even get the "brownpoint", I managed to do all the moves and it is indeed as good as Brad says. I just wish I was good enough to lead it!

Just a few words of advice to aspiring suitors:

Prepare to execute the three crux sections on this route while leaving your gear off behind you. You definitely want your belayer to be attentive so you don't get spiked into corners or splatted onto slabs.

Also prepare to run ... more >>

Location: Utah > Wasatch Range > Little Cottonwood Canyon > Dragon Arch > Gimme Danger (5.10+)
By: Ari Menitove When: Aug 19, 2010

view comment >>
Comments: Outstanding route! Despite a little grit and awkwardness, the first pitch is really good. The second pitch is even better - kind of like Split Fingers (Beckeys Wall Area) with training wheels.

Location: Utah > Wasatch Range > Lone Peak Cirque > Hyperform Wall > Shadow of Death (5.10)
By: Ari Menitove When: Aug 10, 2009

view comment >>
Comments: Good route. Remarkably clean for how infrequently I am assuming that it gets climbed. We brought a single set of cams from #3 - #5 BD, and there would have been way fewer shenanigans involving downclimbing and back-cleaning if we would have had 2 #3 BD's and 2 #4 BDs. And we definitely used the #5 BD, too.

Location: Utah > Wasatch Range > Lone Peak Cirque > South Summit Wall > Taivallista (5.11c)
By: Ari Menitove When: Jul 19, 2009

view comment >>
Comments: Fun route. Indeed, as it continues to clean up with traffic, it is just going to get better. It was a little tricky for us to find exactly where the route begins. It starts in a left facing corner with a clean crack. If you look up about 70 feet, you can see an unusually rectangular roof with a black spot near its center. Just above and right of this roof is a triangular tiered roof feature formed by two intersecting seams. Hope that helps.

Location: Utah > Moab Area > River Road > O'Grady > O'Grady (5.12+)
By: Ari Menitove When: Nov 12, 2007

view comment >>
Comments: Wow! What a route! The crux pitch has great moves the whole way. Josh's description is right on the money.

Location: Utah > Moab Area > River Road > Lighthouse Tower > Iron Maiden (5.12- PG13)
By: Ari Menitove When: Oct 17, 2007

view comment >>
Comments: Awesome route! You can do the tricky 5.10+/11- on P1 with decent (but thin) pro at your knees if you put a #2 stopper (or thereabouts) in a pin scar.

Mountain Project

The Definitive Climbing Resource

MTB Project

Next Generation MTB Trail Maps

Powder Project

Backcountry Ski Maps & Secret Stashes
FREE Stickers · Gyms · Contact · About