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YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b A0 R

Type:  Trad, Aid, 5 pitches, 450', Grade III
Original:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b A0 R [details]
FA: Earl Wiggins, Katy Cassidy, George Hurley
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Submitted By: andrew kulmatiski on Oct 17, 2005

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The route follows a right-arching chimney on the SW corner of Parriot Mesa, obvious from the top of Pace Hill on Castle Valley Road. We found no trail on the talus cone though there is apparently a trail to the 5th-class descent -- see below. To gain access to the start of the route, stay high continuing about 200' left on the ledge with a TV antenna.

P1: The first pitch starts with a 5.9 layback boulder problem and quickly leads to a fun squeeze to wide chimney. Protect using long slings on chockstones and a #2 cam near the top, 120' to belay pin.

P2: At this point we diverged from the original route -- moving directly to the back of the chimney (4th class) and 20' up a fun hand crack and onto a large chockstone, 100' 5.9. We think the original ascent continued up the chimney at the face for 60' to a chockstone/ledge. The FA party must have then moved 50' into the tunnel without protection while 60' above the choss pile. We followed a chossy tunnel that moves directly back into the cliff. traversed into the back of this chimney from 60' up. Our variation allows fun, protected climbing from the base of the chimney. The original route allows you to either 1) grow your sack three sizes, or 2) die trying.

P3-P4: From the chockstone the business begins. A 5.10 hand crack/ layback crack leads up about 30' until it possible to begin stemming. Stem or layback another 150' in a bizarre setting to drilled warthogs at the top of the arch. From the warthogs continue about 20' up slab, take a right and continue another 20' on a large ledge where a large flake leans against the wall (belay here).
We broke this 150' section into 2 pitches. There is a crack that sucks up #1 Camalots at the back of the arch for the first 100'. The second, 50' pitch takes yellow to green to blue Aliens.

P5: Stand on the balanced block and aid through 3 bolts to 5.7 (exfoliating) face climbing and the top (50').

We couldn't find the 5th-class descent; we think the description in Bjornstad is inaccurate. Scope out the descent before climbing. From the summit there appears to be 200' cliffs for the entire 'circumference' of the butte. A better description of the location of the descent can be found in the comments below.


P1: #4, #2 Camalots, 8 very long slings / cordalettes.
P2: #2, #3 Camalots.
P3: 5 #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 Camalots.
P4: 2 blue, 3 green, 2 yellow Aliens.
P5: draws.

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By andrew kulmatiski
From: logan, ut
Nov 7, 2005

Come on now, has anyone found that 4th/5th class descent? Info on its location would be appreciated. thanksandrew
By Rob Dillon
Mar 14, 2006

Locating this descent from above will take some time, as it entails two sections of cliffband. You'd be better off rapping, or scouting it out beforehand, I think. If you must onsight the 'walkoff', it's located on the SE side of the mesa. The cliffband is concave in shape, forming a sort of crescent. The descent is on the skier's left end of this crescent. A 20' cliffband must be negotiated, most easily by a chimney (cairned!), which leads to a broad ledge system. The second pitch descends a [skier's] R-facing corner with some kind of railroad spike at the top for an anchor. It wasn't easy to find from below. Good luck! Eventually a trail leads clockwise back around to the W.
By Steven Crisp
Oct 27, 2008

This route was awesome! The beta was a little off as when you get to the warthogs go up a slab for about 20 feet then turn right on the ledge for another 20 to the bolt ladder. also the third pitch is #1 and smaller for about 100 feet...need a lot of cams in other words. The descent is almost directly on the other side of the plateau and is marked by 3 cairns. Down climb to the waterfall thing and there is a fixed rope to rap for about 30 feet, then follow the trail and you will find one bolt. Do NOT rap this haha...traverse across the ledge to the other gulley and there is a rap station here with a fixed traverse, and then easy trail/walkoff from here. killer views!
By andrew kulmatiski
From: logan, ut
Feb 10, 2009

thanks for the info. By directly on the other side of the plateau, do you mean about 200 yards away or about a km away at the pinnacle? Thanks for the info on the descent.
By John Easterling
Sep 20, 2011

The descent is not mysterious or hard to find. Do not scope it from the ground. It is a total pain in the ass, but it goes no problem. Here's how you do it:

Keeping the South face of the mesa on your right walk towards Castleton (you can't see the tower but I'm guessing you know where it is). You'll see the large, cubic summit cairn with a register after about 5 or 10 minutes of walking. Sign the register. From there look back towards the top of AYM. "Directly [east] across the mesa" (as Steve said) you will see an obvious "concave" "crescent" shaped cliff (as Rob said). B-line it for the south edge of this crescent. When you get there walk north along the cliff until you see a tree with 3 cairns and a fixed static line. Yahtzee, you've found the descent. Descent down and right into and down a chimney with a bolt and a fixed rope. Then hug the cliff while descending down and right. At the right edge of the drainage do a small step over protected by a bolt (not needed) onto a ledge that brings you into the next drainage. Down climb a chimney with a fixed rope and traverse a ledge with a fixed rope/cable. Follow a trail down and right across the drainage (your sights should be set on sister superior). Eventually enough down-ing and right-ing will get you off the mesa. From here hug the base of the cliffs and traverse back to your packs or, if you were smart and didn't leave packs at the base, follow the trail back to the road.

I uploaded a beta topo.
By Seth Kane
From: Bozeman, Montana
Nov 21, 2015

It's possible to rap the route with a single 70, but you need to down climb the last pitch as there's no summit anchor. From here rap off the bottom two bolts of the bolt ladder to the chockstone belay you probably skipped by going deeper in the chimney (35m), then a 20m rap will take you to the first belay (be very very careful pulling your ropes, anything you knock loose will hit you) and another 35m rap takes you to the ground. I would bet this is much faster then trying to onsight a 5th class downclimb then hiking around.
By Jacqueline Niles
May 3, 2016

Hey Y'all!
Did this route a couple of weeks ago, with a fair amount of apprehension regarding how smoothly the decent would go; Turns out, it IS very straight forward. John's topo is spot on. Just keep an eye out for a cairn and a fixed line.
The perfect little adventure climb! - If youre into that sort of thing... ;)
Just remember to breathe between grovels and stretch beforehand. ;)

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