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Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Willard : Air to Spare (5.9+)
By: Tristan Higbee When: Nov 16, 2016

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Comments: Did this yesterday and really enjoyed it. Approach took 40 minutes and was straightforward. Here are some of my thoughts on the pitches:

P1 – 40 meters. 9 bolts and 3 pitons. Didn't place any gear. Felt more like 5.8 to me? Short crux over a roof or two, with bolts right in your face at each roof, so they're pretty tame. Crux pitch on the route and the best pitch of the route. Bolted belay at a good ledge.

All pitches after this were in the 5.6–5.7 r... more >>


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Ogden : Ogden Boulder Field : Lower Boulder Field : The Arrowhead
By: Tristan Higbee When: Oct 18, 2016

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Comments: There's an old hangerless quarter-incher and a bomber modern 3/8-inch bolt on top of this boulder, presumably for if you either want to set up a toprope or set up a line to batman down after climbing one of the problems.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Back of Beyond : Dark West Face : ... : Photo
By: Tristan Higbee When: Aug 28, 2016

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Comments: Yeah, very well could be. I'm horrible at remembering routes.


Location: TX : Hueco Tanks : West Mountain : Adventureland : Best of the Best (V9)
By: Tristan Higbee When: Aug 15, 2016

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Comments: First ascent by John Sherman, according to him in his Better Bouldering book.


Location: UT : Uinta Mountains : Hayden Peak : Aces High Tower : Aces High (5.9)
By: Tristan Higbee When: Jul 14, 2016

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Comments: I really enjoyed this route. The first two pitches were the best, and then I felt like each subsequent pitch was less good than the one before it. All were fun, though. Three stars for the climbing and one extra star for the location and overall adventure. Why not?

The pitch ratings seemed about right to me. We moved the belay 50 feet back from the top of pitch 2 to the base of pitch 3. We climbed up the middle of the pitch 3 block instead of up the right side. And we went straight up on pitch ... more >>


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Ogden : The Mezzanines : Timex (5.7)
By: Tristan Higbee When: Jun 28, 2016

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Comments: The only beta that the guidebook has for this route is that it's 3 to 4 pitches long. There's no way. I figured it would be 500–600 feet long before climbing it, but it was surprisingly long. Straight line vertical gain from the bottom of the route to the top is about 1,000 feet according to Google Earth. If you add up the pitch lengths, it's 380 meters or about 1,250 feet. That must make it (and the other routes here) in the top 10 l... more >>


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Wasatch Alpine Areas : Mt. Timpanogos : Everest Ridge
By: Tristan Higbee When: May 27, 2016

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Comments: Here's a really great firsthand account (with photos) of the 1916 first ascent of this route by Brimhall.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Ogden : Ogden Canyon : The Green Snatch : The Green Snatch (5.8)
By: Tristan Higbee When: May 10, 2016

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Comments: Fun climb! Here are my thoughts on each pitch:

P1: Relatively short pitch. Lots of moss. Belay tree at the top of the pitch has old slings around it. 5.7

P2: Long pitch. Has a couple of fixed pins on it in the corner. The belay at the top of the pitch (or at least where I set up the belay) is on a sloping ledge, and I didn't think it was all that awkward or uncomfortable. Setting up the anchor was a bit tricky. I used small Aliens, a small nut, and a purple Camalot off to the left for the anch... more >>


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Ogden : Ogden Canyon : The Diamond : Diamond Spire (5.6)
By: Tristan Higbee When: May 10, 2016

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Comments: Climbed this today not knowing what it was after seeing it from the top of the Green Snatch. Surprisingly fun little climb up a neat formation. We went straight up the south face. Still about 5.6. Bomber holds all the way up. The webbing on top was good enough to lower from.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Rock Canyon : Bug Barn Dance Wall : Looking For A Legacy (5.9) : Photo
By: Tristan Higbee When: Oct 17, 2014

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Comments: ...On my hard drive.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Rock Canyon : Squaw Peak : Squawstruck (5.11-)
By: Tristan Higbee When: Jun 6, 2013

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Comments: When we did the FA, I think that pitch 16 is the only one that took me multiple tries. I had to pull the rope and re-lead it like 4 times before I got it clean. I thought I was just really tired and dehydrated and that's why it felt so hard, but it's interesting to hear others confirm that they felt it was hard, harder even than what I thought was the crux. It might very well be the crux of the whole route. It's thin, that's for sure.

The summit register was originally in a Nalgene bottle at t... more >>


Location: UT : Uinta Mountains : Photo
By: Tristan Higbee When: Jun 26, 2012

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Comments: Looks like Ruth Lake (Good Medicine Area ). The wall on the right there is the side with Fire Water and Sun Dog on it.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Rock Canyon : Layer Cake : Cosmic Space Dust Lazers (5.7+)
By: Tristan Higbee When: Jun 22, 2012

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Comments: I climbed the full 9 pitches today and noticed that all of the pitch ratings listed here are considerably higher than what they felt like to me. Choss doesn't make a route technically harder... Here are my rating suggestions, plus bolt count:

Pitch 4 - 5.7 (6 bolts)
Pitch 5 - 5.8 (7 bolts)
Pitch 6 - 5.8 (8 bolts)
Pitch 7 - 4th class (1 bolt)
Pitch 8 - 5.6/5.7 (7 bolts)
Pitch 9 - 5.9 (10 bolts)

I did skip a bolt unintentionally on a couple pitches, so the bolt count might be off by 1. The last ... more >>


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Patty's Ridge : Patty's Ridge (5.5)
By: Tristan Higbee When: Jun 16, 2012

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Comments: We did it in three pitches and it added up to about 500' long total. The pitch lengths are very approximate.

Pitch 1: Start around the left side of the ridge, not too far above the stream, and head up one of the corner/crack systems. Belay at a flat stance on the ridge. 120'.

Pitch 2: Gingerly scramble through some dark quartzite until you're on the great, exposed arete/ridge. Climb the whole of the arete and belay partway up a dihedral on a stance/ledge made up of rickety blocks. 220'. (Note ... more >>


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : JHCOB Wall : Outside Corner (5.7)
By: Tristan Higbee When: Jun 14, 2012

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Comments: I did this climb again today after first doing it about 8 years ago, and I forgot how good it is. I think it's my favorite moderate multi pitch route in the Cottonwoods. We combined pitches 1 and 2 and then 3 and 4 with a 70, though rope drag was apparently horrendous for the last two pitches.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : The Dead Snag : East Dihedrals (5.6)
By: Tristan Higbee When: Jun 13, 2012

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Comments: I combined pitches 1 and 2 with a 70 and belayed on the nice ledge about 40 feet below the top (with about 10-15 feet of rope left). It was great and rope drag wasn't an issue.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : The Dead Snag : Steorts' Ridge (5.6)
By: Tristan Higbee When: Jun 13, 2012

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Comments: Fantastic route. I don't see how 250 feet of 5.6 could get any better. There's not a single loose rock on this thing. We easily combined the 2nd and 3rd pitches with a 70m rope.

The rappel route can be done in 2 rappels with a 70m rope. Do the first rap (~80 feet) and then combine the next 2. You'll end up just able to reach a stance about 10-15 feet off the ground, from which you can then scramble down to the ground.


Location: UT : Moab Area : River Road : Barney Rumble Tower : Raven's Delight (5.9+)
By: Tristan Higbee When: Jun 12, 2012

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Comments: Link to a great TR on Supertopo.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Sundial : Eleventh Hour (5.8)
By: Tristan Higbee When: Jun 8, 2012

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Comments: Classic. I finally climbed this thing today and loved it. I started the first pitch too far to the left but eventually made it to the big ledge and the normal upper pitches. The rock on the route was a lot better than I thought it would be and the webbing at all rap stations was in good shape.

I took cams to #3 (with doubles on the .75, 1, and 2 pieces), a set of nuts, and a few micro cams. It was perfect and it's what I'll take when, not if, I do it again.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : JHCOB Wall : Inside Corner (5.6)
By: Tristan Higbee When: Jun 5, 2012

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Comments: The Ruckmans gave it a 5.5 rating, but it felt like solid 5.6 to us. The first and beginning of the second pitches were R-rated for us, but may not be if you take the other variations. Your mileage may vary on all of the above. The first pitch deserves a couple bomb ratings, which are somewhat offset by the exposure and fun climbing of the upper dihedral. There's a fair amount of foliage on the route, though it really only gets in the way on the first pitch and the beginning of the second.

[[He... more >>


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Rock Canyon : Treasure Island : Blood Ruby (5.11d) : Photo
By: Tristan Higbee When: Jun 3, 2012

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Comments: The FA was done in Mythos, too.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Storm Mountain Picnic Area : Reservoir Ridge : I Ran To Afghanistan (5.6)
By: Tristan Higbee When: May 31, 2012

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Comments: I climbed this today and it was extremely dirty. It will be fun when it cleans up. I love how you can easily tell from the ground where the route goes because there's a cleaned swath right through the moss patch.

I used two 48" slings on the anchors to toprope and the ends of my 70m rope were at about knee level near the ground.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Rock Canyon : Squaw Peak : Squawstruck (5.11-) : Photo
By: Tristan Higbee When: May 28, 2012

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Comments: Pitch 5.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : The Millstone : Millstone Slab (5.4 R)
By: Tristan Higbee When: May 22, 2012

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Comments: I climbed this today and had a great time on it. As others have said, it's remarkably consistent. I started up in my approach shoes but switched to my climbing shoes a couple hundred feet up. Felt more secure.

For the descent I didn't want to descend down into Broads Fork because I wasn't familiar with that area at all, so I came down around the west (climber's right) side of the Millstone Slab and then followed a dry creek bed back down to the trail. Some minor bushwhacking was required but i... more >>


Location: UT : Echo Canyon : The Pierced Nipple : Piercing The Nipple (5.12c A0-1)
By: Tristan Higbee When: May 11, 2012

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Comments: I climbed this today and the last entry in the summit register was Adam's in August 2010. The climb is worth doing if for no other reason than to see all of the crazy "bolts." The route is what you'd get if you crossed sport climbing and the Fisher Towers. Like Arie, I tied off the first couple bolts to use as an anchor for soloing. Huge props to the guy who freed the route. Impressive.

Pitch 1: Has exactly 39 (!) bolts, 2 of which do not have hangers. Follow 34 or so bolts up the vertical to o... more >>


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