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Contributed Routes

Name Rating Type Location Date

Rodeo Girls in Bondage

5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R (3)

Trad, 3 pitches, 280'

Utah : Wasatch Range : ... : Dragon Arch

Jun 3, 2012

Strewn Masters of Gore

5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b (4)

Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'

Utah : Wasatch Range : ... : Wheeler-Newsome Wall

Jun 2, 2012

Contributed Photos

Photo Caption Location Date
Rock Climbing Photo: Profile of P1

Profile of P1

Utah : Zion National Park : ... : Varco Route (5.11b/c)

May 24, 2010

Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 1

Pitch 1

Utah : Zion National Park : ... : Varco Route (5.11b/c)

May 24, 2010

Contributed Comments

 

Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Broads Fork : Broad Expectations (5.12c)
By: Ben Ricketts When: Jul 11, 2017

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Comments: This is a fun line that I had been avoiding for years because of the fire pit at its base. Turns out I didn't even notice the soot stains while climbing. I started from the right and clipped the first bolt from a crimp. After that its interesting boulder problem after boulder problem. Its a good line that I found more fun than Plimsol.


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Storm Mountain Picnic Area : Storm Mountain Island : Generation Gap (5.12b)
By: Ben Ricketts When: Jun 22, 2017

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Comments: Anyone ever fall on the obvious blue tcu at the top before the crux? I lead this once with the mindset that I was going to push and take the whip on that piece but ended up holding on and sending. I've never had the guts to go back and lead it again.

This one seems like a much better route to headpoint then onsight if 12b is near your limit.


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : American Fork Canyon : Upper Division Wall : Neural Processor (5.12a)
By: Ben Ricketts When: Jun 21, 2017

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Comments: This is a surprisingly fun line that is a little more engaging for me than its neighbor to the right. The cracked block at the top is pretty obvious but I pulled on it, matched on it and stood on it. It seems ok for now.


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : American Fork Canyon : Upper Division Wall : Left for Dead (5.12d)
By: Ben Ricketts When: Jun 21, 2017

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Comments: This is a fun route on good rock with a definite crux that can be solved in several different ways. It feels like a mid 5.11 to a v6 boulder problem.

The only detractor for this line is that it feels like the bolter wanted the climber to avoid holds on the arete and bolted the line a little left of where most people are going to enter the crux making this clip harder than necessary.


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : American Fork Canyon : The Red Corners : Book of Condolences : Book of Condolences (5.12b)
By: Ben Ricketts When: May 16, 2017

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Comments: This is a great route that requires much more technique than your average AF pitch. This is a great one for all those trad climbers that find themselves reluctantly dragged to AF. It climbs a whole lot like a hard, granite stemming corner without the pucker-fest of placing tiny gear.


Location: Utah : Zion National Park : Mount Carmel Tunnel : Kung Fu Theater : Enter The Dragon (5.11-)
By: Ben Ricketts When: Apr 17, 2017

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Comments: Awesome route. Definitely worth doing. The arete climbing on p1 is constantly engaging and airy but never dangerous. p2 should be rated 5.10- with a V4 start. I have no idea how the vertically challenged would be able to do this move.

We tried doing this route with a single 70m and I don't recommend this. Lowering from the anchors of p2 left me about 20' off the ledge for p1 anchors.


Location: California : Joshua Tree National Park : *Joshua Tree Bouldering* : Barker Dam Bouldering : Gunsmoke Area : ... : Gunsmoke (V3)
By: Ben Ricketts When: Feb 8, 2017

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Comments: I love this problem/route. I've had so much fun on this thing over the years. Thanks for adding the historical note TB. Comments like yours really add to this site.


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Green Adjective Gully : Gordon's Direct (5.11b R)
By: Ben Ricketts When: Jan 17, 2017

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Comments: Thanks for the historical note stj. I've always wondered about that bolt.


Location: California : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows : Mt. Conness : South West Face (Harding) R... (5.10c)
By: Ben Ricketts When: Aug 16, 2016

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Comments: Awesome route. Lots of real deal climbing on it and steep! Key beta in the route description for pitch 4. Don't be an idiot and climb inside the squeeze. I speak from experience on this one.


Location: Utah : Maple Canyon : Right Fork : The Damascus Gate : Grunt (5.11d)
By: Ben Ricketts When: Jul 17, 2016

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Comments: This one must have cleaned up a lot. I thought this was a really good route with solid rock (for maple anyway). I did find one loose chalked cobble but the rest were bomber. It's a great route. Get on it.


Location: Utah : San Rafael Swell : San Rafael Swell - North : Mexican Mountain Road Area : Dylan Wall : Idiot Wind (5.11c)
By: Ben Ricketts When: Oct 27, 2014

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Comments: Great route! has an awesome 5.10 finger crack with feet and rests to a couple of V2 boulder problems. And you can place high gear and be on top rope for both of these. Go for it!


Location: Utah : San Rafael Swell : San Rafael Swell - North : Mexican Mountain Road Area : Dylan Wall : Blowin' in the Wind (5.10b)
By: Ben Ricketts When: Oct 27, 2014

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Comments: This is a fun line with a good intro off-width section. Don't let the ow intimidate you.

I was suprised by the number of #1 camalots I placed/wanted. I think a good rack in camalot c4s is 2 #0.75, 4 #1, 3 #2, 3 #3, 2 #4, doubles in the sizes leading up to a #1 and an optional #5. I only had 1 #4 and was fine bumping it for a body length or 2 and I didn't bring a #5.


Location: Utah : San Rafael Swell : San Rafael Swell - North : Mexican Mountain Road Area : Dylan Wall : Watching the River Flow (5.11c)
By: Ben Ricketts When: Oct 27, 2014

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Comments: This is a good line that is definitely worth doing. The start is tricky but the holds are much more solid than expected. Recommended rack is good. I think I used a double set up to a 2 camalot with triples in the green and blue alien sizes. I may have placed a 3 camalot as well.


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Green Adjective Gully : Unreliable (5.12)
By: Ben Ricketts When: Oct 5, 2013

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Comments: I like the quote "One of my favorite clip ups in the canyon." It is a great clip up - with 15 feet of 5.10 crack climbing and then ends with maybe 30 feet of gear climbing, including the crux.

It is a great route, highly recommended and it is really well protected. I also think this one is probably 12c.


Location: Utah : Zion National Park : East Temple : Cowboy Bob Goes to Zion (5.10+ C2+)
By: Ben Ricketts When: Mar 5, 2011

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Comments: This was my introduction route to Zion and Utah sandstone. After this route I vowed never to return to Zion. It took my 5 years to muster up the courage to return. Since then I have done several other routes that I loved and for some weird reason I am having the urge to try this one again to see if it is as scary as I remember. My partner freed the C2+ section because he was afraid to weight the aid pieces.


Location: Utah : San Rafael Swell : San Rafael Swell - South : Eastern Reef Area.. AKA The... : B Crags (Spotted Wolf Canyo... : Innominate (5.12a)
By: Ben Ricketts When: Mar 5, 2011

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Comments: This route sounds awesome. Nice work guys. I will have to get down and try this one. Shouldn't this be posted in the Little Spotted Wolf canyon section?


Location: Utah : Zion National Park : Mt. Moroni : Varco Route (5.11b/c)
By: Ben Ricketts When: May 24, 2010

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Comments: This is labeled as the Varco Route in the Super Topo guide book. It is an awesome line that is well worth your time. Nice lead linking both of these together. I thought P1 was a little stiffer and would give it 5.11+. P2 is super fun and interesting the whole way at mid 5.10.


Contributed Forum Posts

Topic Title Forum Author Date
re: Approaching Cathedral PeakNorthern CaliforniaBen RickettsJul 5, 2017
re: American fork vs. Logan canyon?Northern Utah & IdahoBen RickettsMay 31, 2017
re: City of Rock Topropes for KidsNorthern Utah & IdahoBen RickettsMay 12, 2017
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